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The following are volunteer opportunities within the City of Walnut Creek.
(Arts and Recreation Department) Contact: Christine Koppes 925-295-1423
The Bedford Gallery volunteer force is currently more than 120 strong! Opportunities are as follows:
Guild Members: Bedford Gallery Guild members staff the gallery’s front desk, greet visitors, provide visitors with information and monitor activities in the gallery. Guild members also host gallery receptions and participate in fund-raising activities. Guild members work weekday afternoons and some evenings during receptions.
Docents: Docents lead tours of gallery exhibitions for groups of children and adults. Docents receive special training in art history and effective touring techniques. Docents provide students with the art education that many schools can no longer afford. Most tours are scheduled for weekday mornings.
Interns: Gallery interns receive hands-on experience in such areas as exhibition research and preparation, public relations, fund-raising and gallery administration. Interns use their skills with PCs and Macintosh computers, graphic design, writing and phone reception to help organize exhibitions, publicize events, and meet administrative needs. Interns are asked to make a full semester and/or a three-to-six month commitment. Interns must be receiving school credit or working towards a school project.
(Public Services Department) Contact: Open Space Supervising Ranger Nancy Dollard at 925-943-5899, ext. 2135.
Open Space has a number of volunteer opportunities, including Heritage Volunteers, Trail Crew, Site Volunteer and Trail Patrol. To learn more, click here [PDF].
There are currently 30 reserve officers who donated a combined 8,000 hours last year alone. Being a reserve requires training, an application and screening process, and a commitment of 16 hours a month minimum of patrol or other assignments as well as mandatory training meetings. Detailed information is on the Police website.
VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services)
Contact: John Haithcock, 943-5879
VIPS work a number of different areas of the Police Department and perform a wide variety of tasks. Some of the assignments include: Community Policing projects, scanning and processing police reports, reception duties, handicapped parking enforcement, and maintenance of police vehicles and equipment. They are truly an appreciated and integral of our busy Police Department. Interested people are encouraged to apply. There is a background check before being brought on board.
Lesher Center for the Arts
(Arts and Recreation Department)
The LCA operates with the assistance of a valued team of volunteer ushers. Should you be interested in joining this dedicated group of volunteers, please click here for more information.
(Arts and Recreation Department) 925-943-5852
Areas of opportunities include, but are not limited to: Special Events, Transportation Program, Clerical/receptionist, Trip programs. Hours vary from program to program but are generally set up in morning and afternoon shifts (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m.) All positions include training and are available on a permanent or substitute basis.
Summer Day Camp for Special Needs Children
(Arts and Recreation Department) Contact: Preston Jones, 925-943-5800 ext. 531
Volunteers work with campers with special needs. The camp begins in late June and runs through the middle of August from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The time commitment is flexible and can be adapted to any time or day that meets the volunteer’s schedule. Volunteers should be at least 14.
Click here for more on the City's Therapeutic Recreation program for young people with special needs.