Listed below are current longer-term (versus one-day) volunteer opportunities currently or soon-to-be available with the City of Tempe. To apply, please contact the Volunteer Office at 480-350-5190 or the contact person listed after the posting. Please also visit "One-time Projects/Events" for information on short-term volunteer opportunities, "Group Projects" or "Student Opportunities" for student volunteer opportunities.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS
We are looking for positive, responsible and outgoing individuals to work together with other coaches to instruct and mentor youth and adults with developmental disabilities in a coaching capacity. You do not have to be a professional in the sports, but we would like you to have a fundamental understanding. Special Olympics is a very rewarding experience, but it is also a commitment!
If you are interested and would like more information, contact Josh Bell at 480-858-2469 or email@example.com.
Special Olympics Aquatics
Volunteer coaches are in the water with athletes under the guidance of a head coach. The coaches are typically assigned to work with a small group of 3-5 athletes. Coaches assist the athletes with their swim and stroke technique, timing their laps and providing general direction. You do not need to be a professional athlete but a capable swimmer who can help with fundamental stroke techniques.
Position: Swim Coach
Practice dates/times: Fridays, 5-7p, August 8-October 10
Location: Kiwanis Recreation Center
Competition dates: Saturday, September 20 and November 1
Special Olympics Bowling
Buddy Bowling is a unified bowling program that teams up bowlers with and without disabilities in a fun and friendly league format. Volunteers can choose to be an active bowler, which would cost $8 weekly for three games and shoes, or you can simply be a helper who specifically assists the bowlers who are in need and do not bowl yourself.
Position: Bowling Skills Coach
Practice dates/times: Saturdays, 1:30p-3:30p, August 30-November 8
Location: AMF Tempe Village Lanes
Competition dates: Friday & Saturday, November 14 & 15
Special Olympics Golf
Volunteer coaches would assist in one of two capacities: Golf Skills Coach or a Unified Partner. A Golf Skills Coach assists athletes who are either new to the sport of golf or need to practice honing their fundamental golf skills before they play the course. A Unified Partner is assigned to play the golf course with an athlete, teaching proper etiquette and offering tips and advice on different aspects of the game. Coaches do not need to be professional golfers but should possess fundamental golf skills. Volunteers must be sociable and positive while offering support to the athletes as they play and learn together.
Position: Golf Skill Coach
Practice dates/times: Tuesdays, 5-6:30p, August 12-October 28
Location: Rolling Hills Golf Course
Competition dates: Saturday, September 20, November 1
Fitness Center Aide
Volunteers are needed to work in the fitness room at the Kiwanis Recreation Center. Duties include cleaning equipment and floor, showing guests how to use the equipment properly and greet guests as they enter the room. A friendly customer service attitude is a must.
Fall Sports Program
Volunteers are needed for the City of Tempe fall sports program!
If you love kids and sports and know the value of teamwork and fitness, we need you to help coach boys and/or girls sports teams! Program information follows:
- 5th-8th Grade Recreational Flag Football and Basketball; Boys, Girls, Co-Rec.
- Sept - Dec, 2014
Games played on Saturdays; 1 practice/wk scheduled at the coaches convenience.
Contact Keyon Cornejo at 480-350-5222 for more information and to sign up.
Tempe History Museum Education Program
The Tempe History Museum offers educational programs for Tempe 4th & 5th graders at the Petersen House Museum and Tempe History Museum. Vounteer History Interpreters assist in curriculum-based educational programs. Programs take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9:30a to 11:30a, October - early December or Mondays or Tuesdays, 9a - 12:30p, January - early May . If you enjoy history, children or teaching this could the volunteer program for you. For more information and to apply contact the Volunteer Office at 480-350-5190.
Youth Basketball Coaches are needed for the City of Tempe Special Olympics basketball program! The basketball season runs from January to March 2015, with practices being held on Saturday mornings. There is a four week period between February and March where there are weekly Wednesday night league games, and in March there is a two-day weekend tournament that concludes the season. For more information, please contact Josh Bell at 480-858-2469 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friends of the Library Volunteers
The Friends of the Tempe Public Library run a used book shop located inside the library. Funds generated by book sales are donated back to the library to support children's and other library programs. The Friends needs able-bodied volunteers able to lift up to 40 lbs. to help bring in donated books from the library loading dock, as well as scan and sort donations. Call 480-350-5491 for more information.
Kitchen Helper Needed for Senior Lunches
The Cahill Senior Center in Tempe serves a special lunch several times a month. Additional help is needed in the kitchen with food prep, serving and clean-up. If you enjoy cooking and working with seniors, this could be the opportunity for you. A food handler's card is desireable; otherwise, staff will help you get one. Contact Christina Wilson at 480-350-5263
Do you enjoy working with children?
The Escalante Community Center has two opportunities to work with children: their Early Education program and their After-school program.
Volunteers work with paid staff to interact with children ages 3 to 5. The program is organized around activity stations and volunteers interact with children visiting a station. Classes take place Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers must work a minimum of one shift per week. Application and interview required. Contact Dolores Johnson at 480-350-5814.
Elementary school-age children visit the Escalante Center between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for an informal "after-school program". A variety of activities including sports, crafts and more are offered. Volunteers interact with kids in a friendly positive manner, leading or joining in activities. One shift per week for at least a month is required. Contact Jennifer Gall at 480-350-5805.
FOR THOSE 50+
Volunteers meet in a social setting to knit, crochet and sew items that are then donated to Veteran's facilities, crisis nurseries, homeless shelters, etc. The Needlewielders meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center. Apply at the Center's front desk.
If you enjoy music and entertaining, the Kitchen Band could be for you! Volunteers play kazoos and other crazy instruments to entertain at nursing homes, senior centers and more. Practices are on Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 starting September 12, at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center. Apply at the Center's front desk.
If you seriously like to sing or like to sing more seriously, then consider the Songbirds. This group also entertains around the east valley. Practices are Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center.
TEMPE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Volunteering with the Tempe Police Department requires completion of an application and interview, fingerprinting, criminal history background check and polygraph examination. Volunteers generally serve for four hours per week, preferably for at least a year. Contact the Volunteers in Policing Coordinator Lee O'Leary at 480-350-8780 for more information and to apply.
Alarm Unit Call Back
Volunteers are needed both short- and long-term to assist with answering the phone line and returning calls. Priority times are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by remaining weekday mornings.
Volunteers are needed who are physically able to assist with caring for horses, including feeding, frooming and mucking stalls.
Warrant Surrender Callers
Volunteers are needed to call individuals with outstanding misdemeanor warrants with Tempe city Court to offer them the opportunity to take care of those warrants.
VIP Briefing Assistant
Help organize and plan the monthly briefing sessions for members of the Volunteers in Policing program. Duties include contacting speakers, reserving meeting room and equipment, assist with any set-up. Meetings take place one weekday evening per month from 6-8:30 p.m.; volunteer would arrive one-half to one-hour in advance and post-meeting.
Help keep Tempe's Police fleet represent the community well with a clean fleet of police vehicles. Volunteers take Police vehicles to the car wash and help clean out the inside of cars.
A volunteer is needed on-call to photograph Police special events and award ceremonies.
Volunteers drive a city vehicle and issue citations for handicapped parking violations , assist with traffic at accident scenes, assist stranded motorists and help educate the public regarding parking violations.
DUI Van Operator
Operate and maintain the mobile DUI van during peak hours (7 p.m. 4 a.m.) one day per week. Volunteer is responsible for upkeep of the interior and exterior of the van, as well as identifying and maintaining equipment and supplies.
Volunteers are needed to provide tours to school and other groups who wish to tour Tempe Police Station(s) and find out more about their city Police Department.
The City of Tempe has a pipe band that plays at Police and other civic events. Needed are drummers and bagpipers. Piping instruction is available free of charge to interested volunteers.
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