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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.


Volunteers needed for Museum Education Program
The Tempe History Museum offers and educational program for Tempe 4th graders at the Petersen House Museum. Called Territorial Days, the program covers what life was like in Tempe at the turn of the century. Volunteers present information on a specific part of the house such as the kitchen or the tack room. Programs take place on Monday or Tuesday mornings, January thru April. Scheduling is flexible. 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.

Volunteer basketball coaches are needed for the City of Tempe Special Olympics basketball program! The basketball season runs from January to March 2014, 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 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 are currently seeking two able-bodied volunteers able to lift up to 40 libs. to help bring in donated books from the library loading dock, as well as scan and sort donations. the opportunity is available on Saturday afternoons between 1 and 4 p.m. Contact George Poteet at 480-350-5491.

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

Volunteers are needed for the City of Tempe winter sports program!
If you love kids and basketball and know the value of teamwork and fitness, we need you to help coach boys and/or girls sports teams! Program information follows:

  • 4-8th Grade Recreational Basketball; Boys, Girls, Co-Ed, 4-5th gr. or 6-8 gr.
    January 11 through March 1, 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.

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.

Early Education
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.
After-school Program
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.


Special Olympics Arizona-Volunteers would be functioning as 'volunteer coaches' and will be working with other coaches and under the guideance of City of Tempe staff.

    Track and Field - Thursdays, 5:30p - 7p, February 13-April 24. Location: Marcos de Niza H.S.
    Kayaking - Tuesdays, 5p-6:30p, March 4-April 29. Location: Tempe Town Lake
    Volleyball - Saturdays, 3p-5p, January 25 -  April 5. Location: Aspire Volleyball Gym   
    Tennis - Wednesdays, 5p-7p, February 26 - April 30

Buddy 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 weekley 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. Saturdays, 10a-1p, January 18 - April 5.

If you are interested in bringing the fun of sports to City of Tempe Special Olympics athletes, please contact Josh Bell at 480-858-2469 or e-mail at for more information.



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.

Kitchen Band
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. The band is currently looking for a percussionist.

Senior Songbirds
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.


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 Christine Kling 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 remianing weekday mornings.

Mounted Patrol
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.

Patrol Fleet
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.

Motorist Service
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.

Tour guides 
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.

Pipe Band
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.


Opportunities with other agencies

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