Volunteer Opportunities

Want to Get Involved in the Community?

The City of Downey offers various volunteer opportunities throughout the year within different City departments. Help make a difference by volunteering for Keep Downey Beautiful clean-ups, special city events, the Downey City Library, Columbia Memorial Space Center, City Hall, and so much more! Through its volunteer opportunities, the City aims at providing community members with rewarding experience and promoting civic engagement.

Volunteer Guidelines/Qualifications

  • Be enrolled in middle school or high school, or are 18 years or older
  • Pass a fingerprinting/background check if you are 18 years or older
  • Attend mandatory trainings/orientations as requested by City departments
  • Act in a professional, responsible, and respectful manner at all times when serving as a City volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities by City Department/Division

Downey City Library
Share your love of books: become a Library volunteer! Interested The Library needs volunteers who are 18 years or older to work two or more hours per week in one of the following areas: Adults Literacy Program, Book Processing, and Friends of the Library store. To inquire about available openings, call 562-904-7360 ext. 130. Volunteers under age 18, please contact Parks & Recreation and tell them you want to become a Library volunteer!

Parks & Recreation Department
Volunteer opportunities are available for youth in middle school, high school, and adults. Parks & Recreation volunteers will get the opportunity to participate at the local park programs, summer day camps, ASPIRE After School Program, special events and City Hall departments. Call the Parks & Rec. Office for more info at 562-904-7238. 

Public Works
Help Keep Downey Beautiful by volunteering for monthly clean-ups every 3rd Saturday of the month. Clean-ups are held at different locations throughout the City from 9am-10am, and there is no need to register. Click here to view upcoming locations for clean-ups. For more information on the Keep Downey Beautiful program, please call 562-904-7103.  Volunteer opportunities are also available in the City's Maintenance Services division, please call 562-904-7196 for more info.

Columbia Memorial Space Center
If you love learning and teaching others about Space and Space Science, have a passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, you can be a part of our volunteer program. As a volunteer you would assist in classes, field trips, camps, special events and in the daily interaction with patrons visiting the center from the community. Questions? Call the Space Center at 562-231-1200. 

Downey Police Department
The Downey Police Explorer Program provides an avenue for local high school students to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. Participants work under the close supervision of Downey Police Officers and assist with DUI checkpoints, fingerprinting, and community events. For more information on the Police Explorer Program, please call 562-904-2324.

Fire Department
The Downey Fire Department Explorer Post # 641 is a program designed for young adults from ages 16 to 21 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the Fire Service. The Department also offers an Auxiliary Firefighter program with the goal of allowing fire academy graduates an opportunity to acquire on-the-job training and experience.  For more information on these two programs, please call the Fire Department at 562-904-7345.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

Several community organizations offer other rewarding volunteer opportunities. For a list of local community organizations, please click here.  

The Downey Coordinating Council, a community organization comprised of various service organizations, also provides a list of many community groups in the city through their own website.  We encourage you to utilize their website to learn more about Downey's community organizations and possible volunteer opportunities. 

Please click here to be directed to the Downey Coordinating Council website.

2015 City Event Calendar

Check out all of the City events throughout the year and decide which one you want to volunteer for! Click here to view calendar.

Are You Ready to Volunteer? Follow These Steps:

1.) Read about all of the departments and events that interest you.
2.) Click on the application form below and complete our online application.
3.) You will be contacted by a program volunteer coordinator. 

Online Volunteer Application

Click here to be connected to the online Volunteer Application.  

For questions about the City's volunteer opportunities, please call Juddy Montenegro at 562-904-7284 or email at jmontenegro@downeyca.org