Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. – Unknown
Looking to get involved with your community? Not sure where to start? Our community offers an abundance of opportunities for individuals and families to volunteer their time. Volunteers are a critical part of many agencies’ ability to offer a wide variety of programs and to continue to assist families in need. Volunteering also strengthens our commitment to the community we share.
It is important that any volunteer position be a “right fit” for both the agency and the volunteer. Asking yourself the following questions BEFORE you apply to an agency may help in the process and insure a stronger match between volunteer and agency.
- How much time do I have to commit?
Be careful not to over commit, we all want to help but remember the agency is counting on you so make sure you can meet your commitment.
- What days/hours do I have available?
Knowing this ahead of time will allow you to seek positions that fit your schedule.
- Do I want a set-schedule regular assignment or is flexibility of days important to me?
This allows the agency to place you accordingly as some positions require a specific day of commitment while others allow for flexibility.
- How far am I willing to travel or is transportation an issue?
Making sure the assignment is an acceptable distance for travel is important. If you rely on public transportation check the availability before applying to a location.
- Is there a particular cause/project that I am passionate about OR one I would like to learn more about?
“It’s not work if you love it!” Helping out a cause or project that you are truly committed to makes the experience all the richer.
And most importantly…
- Why do I want to volunteer?
It is so important to volunteer for the right reasons. Take the time to really think about why you wish to volunteer and what you hope to gain from the experience.
City of Palmdale Opportunities: Ongoing
The following is a list of current opportunities available at the City of Palmdale. Please use the corresponding link to apply for a specific opportunity.
City of Palmdale Opportunities: Special Events or Projects
The following is a list of special events or projects seeking one-time and/or short-term volunteers. Please use the corresponding link to apply for a specific opportunity.
City of Palmdale Opportunities: Service Learning and Internships
The City accepts student learners and interns based upon availability. Students should contact the city well in advance if they have a specific department or program they would like to intern for. Student learners completing school required hours may check the list of project availability. The list is updated as new opportunities become available.
City of Palmdale Opportunities: Youth Volunteers
The City periodically has specific projects or individual opportunities open to volunteers under the age of 18 and will post them in the Special Events or Projects section of this web site. Students wishing to be more involved with their community are encouraged to visit the following resources or programs.
The Guide provides a youth calendar of events and a resource guide of community agencies offering services to youth. Agency profiles include volunteer opportunities.
Next Generation Youth Council
The Youth Council is open to Palmdale residents ages 12-24 and meets the 1st Monday of each month at the Chimbole Cultural Center. A great way to get involved!
City of Palmdale Opportunities: Court Referred Community Service
The City accepts Court Referred Community Service in the following programs. A referral must be completed from the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles prior to registering with a City program.
Volunteer Los Angeles - Antelope Valley Office
Contact: (661) 974-7576
The following listings are provided by the City of Palmdale as a service to the community. Inclusion in the list is voluntary and conditional upon City approval. The City is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by participating organizations and users are advised to contact the agency/organization directly for direct information. Please note, inclusion in the list does not connote endorsement by the City of Palmdale for any program or activity and an organization may not use inclusion in the list as an endorsement of the program for purposes of funding or collaboration.
For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Trish Jones at 661/267-5181
or by e-mail