Volunteer in Pleasanton!

The City of Pleasanton Community Services Department has several volunteer opportunities in recreation, civic arts, and human services. Please view program areas below for volunteer opportunities and more information about how to apply. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the specific program's volunteer coordinator or call the Community Services main office at 925-931-5340. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with the Community Services Department!

Special Events: 

Please check back regularly for new volunteer opportunities! 


Held the first Saturday in December, an assortment of volunteer duties are available each year. Applications will become available in October. For more information, contact Michelle Dunaway at mdunaway@cityofpleasantonca.gov or visit www.HometownHoliday.com.

Alviso Adobe:

Pleasanton’s Alviso Adobe Community Park is a fully restored interpretive park that tells the story of the Amador Valley from its earliest human history. The Alviso Adobe welcomes volunteers year round and offers a range of opportunities for groups or individuals. Please view current opportunities and sign up for shifts by clicking the link below.

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Alviso Adobe Volunteer Coordinator: TBA

DOCENT (18+ years)

Assist Alviso Adobe staff with teaching history and science to children aged 6-12 years old. 


Fulfill community service hours for high school graduation or other commitments doing maintenance around the park. Volunteer shifts are typically scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00am-4:00pm year round.


Alviso Adobe hosts volunteer work days for community organizations and corporate groups up to 15 people. Contact the Alviso Adobe’s Volunteer Coordinator to discuss your group’s availability and interests.



The Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center, also known as DBAC, is Pleasanton’s premiere aquatic facility. It has two recreational pools, two diving boards, a water slide, and an Olympic sized 50 meter pool which is used year-round for local and state aquatic events. 

Aquatic Volunteer Coordinator: Tracy Newman tnewman@cityofpleasantonca.gov 

JUNIOR GUARD (11-16 years)

Each volunteer must attend a Junior Guard training class prior to becoming a certified Junior Lifeguard.  Classes are offered during Spring Break and at the beginning of the summer season. Volunteers will be partnered with a Water Safety Instructor to assist that instructor with swim lessons for children. Volunteers are asked to make a two week morning or evening commitment that align with the swim lesson sessions.

To qualify to be a volunteer, please check the latest Community Services Activities Guide for more information about the next Junior Lifeguard Class, or sign up on our registration website!


Firehouse Arts Center:

Pleasanton’s premier performing arts center brings you performances in music, poetry, theater, comedy, film and more. All volunteers must attend a civic arts orientation before volunteering. 

See Current Opportunities

Theater Volunteer Coordinator: Michele Hartmangruber  mhartmangruber@cityofpleasantonca.gov
Gallery Volunteer Coordinator: Sarah Logan  slogan@cityofpleasantonca.gov

USHER (16+ years)

Greet guests, read tickets, seat guests, answer questions, and keep a watchful eye on audience.


In addition to ushering, this person sells the performer’s merchandise at the lobby table during intermission and after the show.


Keep a watchful eye on art during shows, tally attendance, and answer questions.


Greet public, tally attendance, encourage guest book/email sign-ups, answer questions, and ensure the safety of patrons and artwork.


Set-up and clean-up of reception, host the event, welcome people at door, pour drinks, answer questions, and monitor safety of art.

Recreation for Adults with Developmental Disabilities:

Recreation for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (R.A.D.D.) provides the opportunity for personal growth for persons with developmental disabilities 15 years and older through recreation, socialization and community involvement. All volunteers must attend a mandatory program orientation.

For more information about volunteering, please call the R.A.D.D. office at (925) 931-5373.

R.A.D.D. AIDE (16+ years)

Assist participants one-on-one with various recreation activities, chaperon events and outings, prepare and serve refreshments. Must be able to interact well with young adults and adults with special needs. Activities and trips are normally scheduled Friday evenings and Saturdays, times vary.



Senior Center:

The Pleasanton Senior Center is a 22,000 square foot building surrounded by Centennial Community Park, a 6.3-acre park designed to complement the center. It features a 4,800 square foot Main Hall, a Wood Shop, Arts and Crafts Room, Meeting Room, Classroom, and Boutique. Volunteers are essential to the success of the Senior Center! To volunteer, please submit an application to the volunteer coordinator. 

Senior Center Volunteer Coordinator: Raymond Figueroa  rfigueroa@cityofpleasantonca.gov


*Volunteers between 10 and 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Volunteer with the Open Heart Kitchen at our Sage Cafe. Assist with staging and serving meals, pouring coffee, busing tables, and kitchen clean up. Shifts are Mondays through Fridays from 10:30am-1:30pm, including holidays.

Sign up here!

PROGRAM AIDE (13+ years)

Set-up and clean-up program materials and area, check participants in and complete report form, operate equipment as needed for class (i.e. computer, bingo console), and answer questions.

BOUTIQUE CLERK (21+ years) 

Open, close and clean boutique, collect money, complete daily cash report, maintain accurate sales records, and assist with setting up displays. Greet customers, answer phone, and operate a variety of office equipment. 

GREETER (21+ years)

Greet the public, answer questions and provide Center information. Conduct tours of Center facilities, assist with occasional clerical tasks, and assist with program area clean up, as needed.

RECEPTIONIST (21+ years)

Answer telephones, use computers, and provide service registration. Greet the public, answer questions, give directions, provide basic information, and assist with filing.


Ensure participants use personal safety equipment, inspect equipment, and enforce wood-shop rules. Must attended bi-annual wood-shop safety classes and have experience with power tools and equipment.

Youth Sports:

The Ken Mercer Sports Park is Pleasanton’s largest developed park at approximately 103 acres. Some of its amenities include baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, softball fields, volleyball courts, a skateboard park, group picnic areas with BBQ pits, and play areas.

Sports Volunteer Coordinator: Rachel Prater  rprater@cityofpleasantonca.gov


PYB Coaches Needed November 2016-February 2017! Volunteer coaches play a vital role in this league; please consider making the two (2) hour per week commitment. Head coach's child will play for FREE* (registration fee will be refunded at the end of the PYB program). All head coaches' applications must be submitted by October 7, 2016 for their child to play for free.

High School Students: Consider becoming a Volunteer Coach for your community service hours.

Click here to access the Volunteer Coach Application.


Youth & Teen Services:

Youth & Teen Services Volunteer Coordinator: Joelle Glushenko & Nicole Thomas – pytsupervisor@cityofpleasantonca.gov


Ptownlife.org is a community website dedicated to youth and families.  It features youth news, Calendar of Events, community organizations and businesses serving youth, job opportunities, and more. Along with City Staff, the Web Team will take on the overall maintenance and continual improvement of the website.  Students will get experience working on a website, writing and editing content, and helping with the overall management and marketing of ptownlife.orgStudents must be entering 8th-12th grades to apply.

Interested students must be able to commit to:

  • 1 - year term (beginning in August) to ensure consistency with the website.
  • 1.5  hours per week working on the website in our office.
  • 2 mandatory trainings – August & January (dates TBD)

For more information about the Web Team or how to apply, please visit http://ptownlife.org/contributing-ptownlife or email info@ptownlife.org.