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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

We invite you to contribute your unique talents and energy toward providing a richer quality of life for your community. The Volunteer Program provides a broad source of expertise, talent, and people power for City programs, as well as an avenue for residents to participate in their local government. Please take a few minutes to browse both City and Community volunteer opportunities and learn more about how you can get involved.  

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER

There are many volunteer opportunities that exist within the different departments of the City including the Renton History Museum, Police and Fire & Emergency Services Departments, Housing Repair Assistance Program, Solid Waste and Utilities, Salmon Watchers, Cedar River Naturalist Program,  Specialized Recreation, and Parks and Recreation Divisions. Special projects, one time, and ongoing opportunities are available. For more information, check out the opportunities listed to the left of this page or contact Teresa Nishi at 425-430-6694. If you see a volunteer opportunity that piques your interest, please contact the program coordinator listed for more information, then download a volunteer application so we can contact you when there is an opportunity that matches your interests.

BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES

Good government is not just the responsibility of city officials and employees.  Citizens and residents also play an important role. Numerous Renton citizens devote their energy, time, and expertise to serve as appointed members on Boards and Commissions or as volunteers on various advisory committees making Renton a better place for everyone. Current vacancies are listed under Board, Commission, and Committee Vacancies to the left of this page. Contact the Mayor's Office at 425-430-6500 for an application to serve as a member of a Board, Commission, or Committee, apply online, download an Application for Boards/Commissions/Committees, or  Youth Application for Boards/Commissions/Committees.  

SPOTLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY & EARTH DAY

 Saturday, April 25

Check-in at 9:00 a.m. Event is 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

1201 Lake Washington Blvd. North

Join us as we celebrate Arbor Day/Earth Day on Saturday, April 25, and honor our commitment to future generations.  Every year Arbor Day is celebrated to promote the planting and care of trees.  Planting trees is one of the most effective ways to protect the environment. Earth Day is a time to unite and take action to protect our environment.

Renton’s Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration is a great opportunity to have fun and do our part to reduce our impact on the environment. Join hundreds of volunteers at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, to plant trees and flowers, spread landscaping chips, and clean areas in the park to promote a healthy environment.  Stay for a free lunch and tee-shirt to celebrate your hard work!

To register, contact the Community Services Department at 425-430-6600.  Volunteers should dress for the weather. Minors must have parental permission.  Children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.  Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. Event is 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

SPRING GREEN & CLEAN 

Saturday, May 16
Check-in at 9:00 a.m. Event is 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thomas Teasdale Park 
601 S. 23rd Street

The Spring "Green & Clean" Saturday park volunteer park project is a great way to help maintain the parks for everyone to enjoy.  To register call 425-430-6600.  Volunteers should dress for the weather.  Minors must have parental permission.  Children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.  Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.  Event is 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


 VOLUNTEER TRAIL & PARK RANGER PROGRAM

Cedar River Trail WalkerDo you like meeting new people, being outdoors, and sharing your enthusiasm for your local parks and trails? Then this program may be just for you. The City of Renton is looking for individuals to serve as Volunteer Trail and Park Rangers. This team of volunteers will patrol, by walking or in a provided vehicle, the beautiful Cedar River Trail, Liberty Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Tasks include educating park visitors and trail users on rules and regulations, enhancing safety awareness, providing information and directions, watching for vandalism, and acting as "Good Will Ambassadors" for the City. You must be 21 years of age, attend training, and be willing to dedicate a minimum of one shift a week of two to four hours, per month. If this sounds like you, then click here for more information on how to get involved or download application.   


Volunteers needed to advance Arts and Culture Master Plan!

Volunteers are needed with various skills including experience with project management, fundraising, grant writing, marketing, community outreach, and analysis.  You don't have to be an arts expert to help!

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission, in partnership with the Renton Community, developed the Arts and Culture Master Plan.

The Renton City Council adopted the plan in August 2010 that set the vision: "Renton aspires to be a center for arts and culture where traditional and contemporary arts thrive and creative industries are cultivated."

Five strategies were developed, including:

  • Building awareness
  • Supporting live performing arts
  • Advocate for arts and culture
  • Support arts and culture facilities
  • Implement a galvanizing public art project

Volunteer committee members are needed to bring these strategies to life and make an impact on arts and culture. To volunteer or for more information, contact arts@rentonwa.gov  or 425-430-6581.