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Interested in city governance? Join a board, commission, or committee.
Make a Difference in Your City! Members of our boards, commissions, and committees assist our City Council to make the best, most informed decisions possible, for the benefit of the entire Redwood City community. The advisory and regulatory bodies generally meet once a month (in a few cases they only meet quarterly). They're great opportunities to lend your unique voice to our local government. Click here to learn more about open seats and to apply.
Looking to give back by helping youth literacy? Become a tutor!
Share your talents and help others by volunteering as a tutor or by reading to children ages 1 to 5 years old.CHILDREN’S HOMEWORK HELP
Volunteers are also needed at your local Downtown Library to assist students from grades K-6th grade with math, spelling, writing, and other homework subjects. Contact Jan Pedden for more information.
Project READ's innovative, intergenerational programs bring literacy to the adults, youth, and families in our community. For tutoring opportunities, click here.
Share your love of books, reading and libraries with the children of Redwood City in preschools and home daycare settings. Contact Jan Pedden for more information.
HEALTHY CITIES TUTORING
Reach a child. Touch a family. Build community. Healthy Cities Tutoring is looking for volunteers aged 14-95 to work with K-8 students at the local Redwood City schools: Clifford, Connect Community Charter School, Henry Ford and Kennedy. Volunteering includes one hour, once a week during the school year to tutor students on reading, spelling, writing, math and/or homework help. Times and locations are flexible. For more information about Healthy Cities Tutoring and volunteer opportunities, go here.
Youth looking for leadership opportunities? Join a teen volunteer program
LEADERS IN TRAINING (L.I.T.) SUMMER PROGRAM
Interested in gaining professional experience while working hands-on in a summer camp setting? The Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) Program gives teens the opportunity to develop important job skills and prepare for future employment through training, hands-on experiences, and evaluation.
The Redwood City Downtown Library has opportunities for teens to help select and put on teen programs at the Teen Center. Find more information here, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
REDWOOD CITY YOUTH
The Police Activities League runs programs for educational enrichment, sports, health and fitness, and leadership mentoring that afford youth the values, assets, and skills to succeed. You can help by donating to the program or by being a PAL (volunteer). Learn more here.
YOUTH & TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
The Youth & Teen Advisory Boards offer teens a chance to speak up on issues that concern themselves and their peers. The Youth Advisory Board members are 6th, 7th and 8th graders; the Teen Advisory Board is for high school students. Learn more.
Love the outdoors? Choose a clean-up or tree-planting event in your neighborhood!
CityTrees is a volunteer group that promotes and supports urban forestry efforts in Redwood City. CityTrees works with the Redwood City Public Works Department to plant and maintain trees along Redwood City’s streets, at schools, and on other publicly owned property. Visit CityTrees.org to get more information on volunteer opportunities.
JOIN THE PRIDE AND BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE
The Pride and Beautification Committee promotes the quality of life in Redwood City by creating, participating in, and supporting activities and programs that improve the physical and aesthetic environment of our community. The Pride and Beautification Committee meets the first Wednesday of February, May, August, and November, at 8 a.m. at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend. Resources are available through the City Manager's office, 650-780-7207.
Volunteer with the Park Clean Up Crew to help the parks system to stay beautiful by picking up trash, rake sand, clean playground equipment, remove debris, and more. For more information about volunteer opportunities and events, go here.
Volunteering at Events Downtown
The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation support the City's signature events through volunteer coordination, which relies on the community to help run the events. Enjoy a variety of fun activities including Music on the Square, Picnic en Blanc, Chalk Full of Fun on the Square, Pub in the Park, and more. Signing up to volunteer for these events guarantees you won't miss out on the fun! To learn more about Downtown events, go here.
Into disaster preparedness? Participate in the city’s emergency response program
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)
Redwood City's CERT Program is a great way for neighbors to join together and prepare for potential disaster such as an earthquake, major fire, or flood. Academy classes are open to all. Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility and this is the best way to prepare and learn what to do in emergency situations. Learn more here.
Want to reach out to your community? Volunteer with seniors, youth, and more!
VOLUNTEER IN POLICE SERVICES
Join members of the V.I.P.S. program as they assist the Police Department to provide a high level of service to our community. For more information, contact Chris Rasmussen, 650-780-7104 or visit the program website.
REDWOOD CITY PARKS & ART FOUNDATION
Do you enjoy Redwood City’s public art and events? The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit which advocates, advances, and develops support for parks, recreational programming, community services, cultural activities, and the arts in the Redwood City and the surrounding unincorporated areas. The foundation is a key partner in many of the City's events providing volunteers, administrative support and fundraising, and hosts its own events such as Chalk Full of Fun on the Square, Family Campout, Open Paint/CATA, and Picnic en Blanc. Show your appreciation by making a donation to the Foundation here, or sign up to volunteer at an upcoming event here.
VOLUNTEER WITH SENIORS
Make a difference in your community and volunteer to work with your local seniors. The Veterans Memorial Senior Center partners with Retired & Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) of San Mateo County to provide volunteer experiences for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Maryse Frivold at (650) 780-7276. You can also learn more about volunteering with seniors here.
An extensive list of Parks, Seniors, and Human Services-related volunteer opportunities can be found here.
POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE
The Police Activities League (PAL) runs programs for educational enrichment, sports, health and fitness, and leadership mentoring that afford youth the values, assets, and skills to succeed. You can help by donating to the program or by being a PAL (volunteer). Learn more here.
FOOD FOR FINES
Through December 31, the Redwood City Public Library is participating in the Food for Fines community food drive program. This program allows visitors to bring non-perishable food items into any Redwood City Library branch in exchange for their fine/fee being waived. This program will only waive library fines, not fines for lost or damaged items. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. To learn more about this program, go here.
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Support the Redwood City Library
- Redwood City Library Foundation
- The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library
- Redwood City Friends of Literacy
Support Parks, Recreation and Community Services
- Redwood City Parks And Arts Foundation
Support Programs for Local Youth
- Redwood City Police Activity League
Opportunities with local organizations
The organizations below are not directly affiliated with the City of Redwood City, but they also offer great ways to get involved with your community. Learn more by visiting the websites listed!
America Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
Did you know that over 1,600 kids participate in Redwood City's AYSO program? Every year we have many open positions - for coaches, assistant coaches, referees, board members, etc. Your help WILL make a difference! Call 364-AYSO to volunteer or visit us online!
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula / Redwood City Clubhouse
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Mervin Morris branch at 1109 Hilton Street in Redwood City provides programs for youth ages 6-18 in academics, arts, athletics, technology, leadership, and more. Volunteers are sought for most programs, including individual tutors. Please contact Volunteer Director Sohi Sohn Chien at (650) 322-8065 x 114, or Redwood City Club Unit Director Michael Jones at (650) 364-0176 x101. For more info see our web site at www.bgcp.org.
International Institute of the Bay Area
The purpose of the International Institute is to enable immigrants, refugees, and their families to become effective, responsible participants in community life. The Institute is accepting applications for volunteers for their Citizenship Program. Volunteers will help Spanish-speaking clients to fill out their citizenship application forms, in English, at monthly workshops. Ability to write in English and basic Spanish communication skills are required. Contact the Redwood City office at (650) 780-7530 or visit the International Institute of the Bay Area website.
Citizen Schools, an after-school program in Redwood City, seeks volunteers to teach 10-week apprenticeships on any subject you want: law, engineering, scrapbooking, carpentry, public speaking, calligraphy, robotics, and dog training to name a few apprenticeships offered last year. Citizen Schools staff will help you develop your passion or expertise into a 10-week curriculum and be there to help in every lesson. Teaching an apprenticeship is a unique way to work closely with kids and give back to your community.
Two locations in Redwood City: Kennedy Middle School and McKinley Institute of Technology. For more information and to volunteer, please go to www.citizenschools.org or www.citizenschools.org/volunteer.
Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Foundation - School Force
School-Force is the Belmont-Redwood Shores educational foundation known for innovative fundraising programs such as corporate sponsorships. Its mission is to support the best possible public education for the children of the community. Call Colleen Devlin at (650) 592-5903 and see their website at www.school-force.org
Miss Redwood City Scholarship Association
The goal of this non-profit organization is to create and maintain a system of competition that will enhance career goals and produce positive role models in our community. Last year the Miss Redwood City Scholarship Association awarded over $5,000 in scholarships. The competition is also an official preliminary to the Miss California and Miss America Competitions. To learn about volunteer opportunities or to get more information on our program and eligibility requirements, visit us at MissRedwoodCity.org.
Rotary Club of Redwood City
The Rotary Club of Redwood City is an organization made up of local business owners, professionals and community leaders. Their efforts support local service groups like the Police Activities League, Sheriff's Activity League and the Boys & Girls’ Club. The Rotary Club of Redwood City participates in beautification of our community and provides college scholarships and international relief. Join the Rotary Club of Redwood City for lunch every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City. If you would like to join a great group of people, volunteer in the community, have a few laughs and enjoy learning from guest speakers, the Rotary Club of Redwood City is where you want to be. For more info, visit their website or like them on Facebook.
San Mateo County History Museum
The San Mateo County History Museum is dedicated to the collection and preservation of historical data, artifacts, and information about San Mateo County. The Museum is looking for volunteers to serve as docents, work in the book store, or work on other museum projects. Contact Carmen Blair at 299-0104 ext. 33 or visit the History Museum website.
Redwood City Education Foundation
The Redwood City Education Foundation's mission is to advance and enrich education opportunities for all students in the Kindergarten to 8th grade Redwood City School District. They support high-quality programs that boost academic achievement while developing our students' full potential including music, technology, wellness and outdoor education. For volunteer opportunities visit their website here.
Redwood City 2020
Our vision is that all people living in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks are healthy, safe and successful. We bring our community residents together with local organizations and public agencies to develop and implement a wide range of projects that are focused on addressing acute needs and building on strengths in our community. Our goals are to reduce the impact of poverty, improve the academic success of students, promote community health and wellness, increase community engagement, and enhance safety. To receive information on how to get involved sign up for our newsletter here.