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City Hall The City of Arcadia values its many volunteers and appreciates the talent and expertise they bring to the City organization and the community. Volunteers are a tremendous help to us and we would not be able to offer the many programs we do without their assistance.The Recreation and Community Services Department has volunteer opportunities for people of all ages – teenagers through senior citizen. Volunteering for Senior Citizen Services, please call 574-5130.Wilderness Park is a great place at which to complete an Eagle Scout project. Call Dana at 355-5309 for details.

Teenagers 13 and older can  volunteer  through the Youth Volunteer Program. To assist with school service hours and  prepare youngsters for college and future jobs.

For All Volunteers: Complete an application form and be interviewed for proper placement. Each Volunteen will need to go through an orientation and training prior to beginning volunteer work. A minimum commitment of 20 hours is required. David Lee(626) 285-1181

Police Dept. * Administrative Assistants
* Clerical/Computer Support
* Crime Lab/Property Assistants
* Crime Prevention Aids
* Investigation Support
* Maintenance Assistants
* Amateur Radio Operators
* Translators
The Volunteers In Patrol Support (VIPS) provides additional volunteer support to the Arcadia Police Department operations. The volunteers  drive a white patrol vehicle with an amber light bar. This vehicle is marked with the words, “Volunteer Patrol.” This vehicle is equipped with a radio for communications with police dispatchers.The volunteers wear the standard volunteer uniform that consists of a white shirt that clearly identifies them as volunteers. Their duties will include, but not be limited to, vacation house checks, subpoena service, document delivery, transportation details, traffic direction, school patrol, and parking enforcement. The volunteers may be trained for other patrol related functions as the program evolves.

An explorer is a volunteer scout that participates in civilian observer ride-a-longs. He or she assists the police with searches for evidence; report writing, desk officer duties, command post operations, crime prevention surveillance, disaster assistance, crowd and traffic control, security at major events, and other challenging assignments, some of which help the Explorers earn money for their post. Explorers also participate in educational and recreational trips, which involve visits to other police agencies throughout California and the Nation.





Paid Reserve Officer Program

The Arcadia Police Reserve Officer is a part time employee who is committed to making Arcadia a safer community. The primary duty of a Reserve Officer is to augment the Uniform Patrol Division. Reserve Officers primarily work as the second officer in a patrol unit. Reserve Officers may also work a variety of details. As a reserve officer gains experience and knowledge, they may assist in the Detective Bureau, Jail Operations, Community Relations, Traffic Division, or Records Section.

Chaplains are a group of clergy who provide spiritual, personal, and practical assistance to police officers, their families, and anyone in the community who calls the Arcadia Police Department for assistance.

The Chaplain Program is involved in, but not limited to, the following:

* Counsel peace officers and their families
* Counsel members of all other city departments and their families
* Visit sick or injured employees
* Respond to major incidents and cases involving serious injury to an employee
* Provide assistance to victims
* Speak to civic and public groups
* Participate in the ride-along program
* Crisis intervention
* Provide input to the department on community issues and problems

Amateur Radio & Hamwatch

Ham watch is a volunteer program that uses Amateur Radio (“Ham”) operators for crime suppression, surveillance, disaster and special events communications.

For Explorers:

Be at least 14 years of age and in the ninth grade, or 15 (regardless of the grade).

Maintain a cumulative grade point average
of 2.0 or higher in all schoolwork.

Pass an oral interview and a background

Have no record of arrest convictions.

Undergo a medical examination to qualify
for insurance.

Be free of any physical deficiencies that
would jeopardize yourself or others.

Maintain good moral character.

Register with Learning for Life (Boy Scouts
of America)

Demonstrate a willingness to participate in
Explorer activities.

Attend and graduate from the Explorer Academy.

For Paid Officer Program:

-At least 21 years of age.
-Possess a high school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.)
-California Class “C” driver’s license.
-Proof of US Citizenship within one year of hire.

Shelley Liu(626)864-7988


Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers

  • Collections Assistant — Assist in labeling, organizing and storing artifacts; gathering information, taking pictures and entering information into collection database.  Will also assist in the Digital Preservation Program in collaboration with Arcadia Public Library.  Training will be provided although preference will be given to volunteers interested in persuing a museum-related career.
  • Registrarial Aide — Assist in organizing and maintaining the records of the objects or photographs in the Museum’s collection.  Registrars maintain information on when, how and where an object was obtained, inventory numbers and storage location, and information on its condition.  Training will provided although preference will be given to volunteers interested in pursuing a museum-related career.
  • Administrative Assistant — Provide general office support (answering phones, filing, data entry, typing) and gallery host/greeter duties.
  • Student Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers (SBSV) — Assist in any of the above areas, in addition to providing preparation assistance for special events and programs and during the event.  Community Service Credit may be obtained for volunteering at the Museum.

Docent Positions

do-cent: (do’-sent)
A teacher or lecturer at certain universities.

  • Docents — Welcome and provide guided experiences to visitors, give guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays.  Docents are also involved in helping with the Girl Scouts Program.  Members may then choose to be part of the Friends of the Museum, who support the mission of the Museum by bringing speaking programs and unique Vintage Fashion shows to the community.
  • School  Program Docents — Provide a guided experience to the learing community, especially elementary school age guests.  School Program Docents will also be trained to conduct outreach programs to learning institutions within the community.  They can also be part of the Girl Scouts Program.
  • Bilingual Educators — Assist the Curator and Education Coordinator in translation work for labels and publications and give tours in Mandarin, Cantonese or Spanish.
For do-cent: Do you find yourself sharing “do you remember…” stories?  Are you a long-time Arcadia resident who has witnessed the growth of the community and experienced its many changes?  Or are you a fan of local history who would enjoy conducting tours with school children?  If so, we have a volunteer job for you!  The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum is a community museum that was founded by volunteers committed to the preservation of the history of Arcadia.  We are now inviting anyone who loves and values history to be part of our Docent team.  No experience is needed–just your passion for history and people.  Listed below are some of the different ways to be part of this program.

For Student Volunteers:

Our Student Volunteer Positions are currently all filled.  However, we still have Special Events Volunteers Positions open.  Special Events Volunteers are required to be available one Saturday each month, and two Saturdays during the months of May-July, for a year.

David Lee(626)285-1181

Library The Library’s Volunteer Programs offers opportunities to satisfy Community Service requirements .Assignments may range from:

  • Public Computer Monitor, helping patrons use the equipment or access the Internet
  • Study Room Monitor
  • Shelf Reader
  • Teen Volunteer in the Children’s Room, assisting with various programs and projects
  • Internet Tutor

  • General Volunteer
    Assist the staff in preparing materials for storytimes, craft programs, and other activities; indexing; data entry; photocopying, etc.  Assist with programs as needed and special projects as required.
  • Computer Volunteer
    Supervise CD-ROM and Internet stations.
  • In-N-Out Volunteer
    Assist the staff in running the day-to-day activities of the reading program.   Program lasts six weeks and is generally held in the Fall.


Teen Volunteers perform many special and important duties, including preparing Reading Program materials, staffing our Reading Log table and “Summer Store.” assisting with our end-of-summer carnival, shelving and straightening books, helping with our programs, and other tasks as assigned.

For All Volunteers: over the age of 13

For Summer Teen Volunteers:

At least 13 years old by June 1 and enjoy working with young children.

Alice Wang(626)383-2588

Chamber of Commence  Description

Volunteers deliver prepared meals to Arcadia residents, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Average delivery time is 1 1/2 hours. Volunteers deliver meals once a week, once a month, or as a substitute driver. Volunteers must provide their own transportation. Training is provided.

Skills For Meals on Wheel  Volunteers:

Outgoing personality needed to visit with senior citizens. Volunteers must be licensed drivers at least 18 years old, provide own transportation, and deliver in the city of Arcadia. A DMV check and background check is required.

Sho Tay: 626-447-2935
Methodist Hosp. Methodist Welcomes Junior and Adult Volunteers
There are a wealth of opportunities for volunteers at Methodist Hospital. It’s a great way to give back to the community and to gain valuable work experience in a healthcare environment, too.
The following are samples of volunteer opportunities at Methodist Hospital.Admitting/Information Desk
Volunteers will have to answer telephones, receive and deliver flowers to patients, transport and escort patients to service areas, which may necessitatiate pushing of wheelchairs.

Business Development
Volunteers will assist with mailings, assembling packets, filing, labeling and other office duties.

Comfort Care
Volunteer must be able to visit with patients, offer magazines, and assist patients with meal trays. Make coffee, refill water pitchers for patients. Discharge patients by wheelchair and run errands to pharmacy and medical records.

Emergency Department
Volunteers work under the direction of the Emergency Department Coordinator. Assist with making beds, delivering specimens to lab, run errands and transport non-critical patients, securing wheelchairs.

Gift Shop
Greet and assist customers with purchases, operate cash register and credit card machine. Assist in restocking merchandise and dusting displays, follow accounting procedures, including payroll deducation and credit card. Telephone skills are also required.

Junior Volunteer Supervisor
Must be able to assist with supervising high school students, make periodic rounds through hospital. Will work closly with Junior Volunteer Coordinator.

Messenger Service
Deliver and pickup inter-departmental mail. Must be willing to withstand long periods of walking. This is a very valuable service to the staff at our Methodist Hosptial -as mail delivery and communication is very important.

Occupational Health
Volunteers will assist with filing, assembling charts, mailings and other office duties assigned.

Outpatient Surgery Waiting Room

Volunteer serves as host/hostess to families/visitors in the waiting area and serve as liaison between staff and families, answer telephones and direct patients to their destination. Excellent interpersonal skills required, assembling nursing charts as directed, deliver specimens to Lab and pick up medications from the Pharmacy, handle discharges as requested by staff, which may necessitate pushing of wheelchairs.

Prehospital Care
Volunteer will assist with filing.

Purchasing Department
Volunteer will provide assistance with filing (numerical and alphabetical.)

A group of volunteers meet to sew and assemble hand puppets. Independent sewing is done by various volunteers from kits made up – either sewn at the hospital or at home. These handmade articles are provided for the comfort and pleasure of the patients.

Spiritual Care Department
Volunteer will assist with alphabetizing, assembling packets and mailings. Computer experience helpful.

For Information Desk Volunteers:

Volunteers must have customer service skills, greet and direct visitors to their destination.






















For Junior Volunteer Program:

The application process for Junior Volunteers has been suspended. Please call, (626) 574-3646 for more information. Thank you for your interest.

Junior Volunteers serve in many areas of the hospital. They work in their assigned area for a 3-4 hour shift about once every two weeks. We expect a serious commitment from our volunteers, much as one is expected to be committed to a job. We provide training to the volunteers, schedule their work, keep track of hours worked, and write letters of achievement after the volunteer has completed a minimum of 40 hours.

If you would like to be considered, please complete our Junior Volunteer application. When an opening is available, you will be invited to attend an orientation meeting and participate in several training sessions. You will be assigned following a successful second interview with the Junior Volunteer Coordinator.

Applicants are not placed in the program immediately; we have a waiting list. Therefore, we encourage you to complete and return your application as soon as possible.

Please note: At this time, Methodist Hospital is considering applicants in grades 9-11, only, for the Junior Volunteer program.

David Lee(626)285-1181


Join The Arboretum’s volunteer team!

Volunteer opportunities abound at the beautiful 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, an oasis in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley.

There are many levels of Volunteerism – Where do you fit in?

One Time / Event Volunteers: Volunteer for an event or special project!

Adult Volunteers: Give your time, gain new skills, and meet new friends! See below for the many Volunteer Opportunities!

Los Voluntarios: Membership in Los Voluntarios is open to all adults and requires 50 hours of service each year. Includes: attending interesting and informative meetings and presentations, an annual Luncheon and Picnic, as well as a four-week new volunteer orientation series. As a member of Los Voluntarios, you will also receive their newsletter, the Arborvitae.

Student (College) Volunteers: Volunteer for a temporary position while you’re in school! Fulfill your community service requirements while gaining on-the- job training and having fun at the same time!

Junior Volunteers: Freshmen through seniors in high school can also obtain community service hours in the year-round junior volunteer program, which offers on-the-job volunteer training.

Corporate/Group Volunteers: Does your organization do group volunteer projects? Support The Arboretum by giving back! Donate your time and skills to this wonderful community resource!


Our Volunteers work hard every week in many areas of The Arboretum.
The following is a list of current volunteer needs:

Administrativ e Assistance – Help our staff by assisting with the much needed tasks of mailing coordination, filing, data entry, database management, production assistance., and marketing distribution.

Botanical Information – Volunteers field telephone inquiries about plant problems and either provide assistance via easily accessible information or forward the question to the staff consultant.

Education – Volunteers assist instructors, students, and staff with the many classes and educational programs offered by The Arboretum.

Education Greenhouse – Volunteers in this area nurture plants from seeds and cuttings to maturity and prepare them for sale at major fund raising events.

Gardening – Many of our beautiful gardens need volunteer help! So if you love getting yoru hands dirty, one of these places might just be the place for you!
Garden For All Seasons
Kallam Perennial Garden
Herb Garden
Rose Garden
Historical Gardens
Organic Vegetable Garden
Roots & Shoots Discovery Garden, and many more!

Gift Shop – Volunteers sell gift items to the public, work the computerized cash register and assist the manager with stockroom duties.

Historical Preservation – Volunteers assist in the maintenance and preservation of the historical buildings and furnishings. They often assist with public open houses in the historical buildings as well.

Library – Volunteers assist the staff librarian with shelving, recording and arranging books and periodicals in The Arboretum Library. Create a used book sale to acquire funds for new library materials.

Mapping – A volunteer mapping crew meets weekly to document the location and tag plants on The Arboretum grounds for recording by computer.

School Field Tours – Upon completion of additional training sessions, volunteers lead groups of school children through The Arboretum on morning tours. Tours are offered to third through sixth graders about early California history and plants in our world.

School Tour Reservations – Volunteers answer telephone requests for both guided and self-guided school tours, fill out data sheets and mail confirmations to the schools.

Santa Anita Depot – The 1890 Depot is staffed by volunteers who greet visitors and give informal tours of both the old office area and agents’ living quarters. Specific training is provided on site by staff and trained docents.

Speakers’ Bureau – Volunteers take The Arboretum to the public via slide talks offered free of charge to groups and civic organizations. Training is required.

Special Events – Volunteers assist with special programs and events at The Arboretum.

Tropical Greenhouse – Volunteers serve as guides in this public greenhouse of orchids and other tropical plants. Specific training information is provided on site by staff and trained docents.

Walking Tours – Led by a trained school tour leader, walking tours are given weekly for mixed groups of Arboretum visitors, usually adults, who wish a more in- depth visit.

Visitors’ Center – A volunteer greets and provides general information to visitors, performs clerical work, and assists with applications for membership.

For All Volunteers: Join us for a 6-week orientation for new volunteers! Every Wednesday (12:30-3:30pm)
September 19th-October 24th.
Sho Tay(626)447-2935

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