Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Temecula offers many volunteer opportunities to residents. Volunteering enables citizens to become more involved in their community, local government, and nonprofits. Please review the tables below listing options to volunteer for the City and local nonprofits in our community; then click on the names/links to contact them directly and learn more on how to volunteer.

City Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the CityDescription/Activity
Adopt-a-ParkHelp with the maintenance and beautification of our City parks. Volunteers enhance park/playground amenities, and provide general upkeep and repair of equipment, recreation facilities, and trails.
AquaticsJunior Lifeguard: youth/teens trained in the basics of water safety, first aid, and introduction to basic lifeguard skills.
Swim Buddy: adaptive swim lesson program where volunteers work directly with lesson participants.
Explorers: FireThe Fire Explorer Program is designed to allow youth (14 -20 years old) explore a career in the fire service, receiving training similar to volunteer and professional firefighters, including basic fire chemistry, hose evolutions, ladder operations, medical/CPR training, hazardous materials, and auto extrication. Temecula Post meetings are held weekly.
Explorers: Police

Police Explorers give young men and women (14 - 21 years old) a hands-on look at what a career in law enforcement is about as they volunteer their time to their community assisting law enforcement with directing traffic at special events, crime prevention programs, light security details, and when eligible, participate in a ride-along program with deputies from the Police Department, acting as an extra set of eyes and ears for the officers and assist them on various calls.
Community Action Patrol (CAP)Volunteers (35+ years old) act as the eyes and ears of the Temecula Police Department as they patrol the streets of Temecula, business/shopping parking lot areas, and schools & parks. Additional assignments may include emergency call-outs for major accidents, citations for handicap/fire hydrant/fire lanes/red curb/graffiti, assist with crime scene security, or vacation home checks.
Community Services DepartmentOpportunities within the Temecula Community Services Department include: Temecula Community Theater, Temecula Valley History Museum, Mary Phillips Senior Center and Special Events.
Homeless OutreachFor homeless volunteer opportunities, please see the Community Mission of Hope (listed in the community table below).
Internships/FellowshipsUndergraduate college students, graduate college students, and high school graduates gain hands-on project experience in local government.
LibraryVisit the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library to apply in person to volunteer for either the general library or the children’s library.
Mounted Posse

Sponsored by the Temecula Police Department, the mounted posse team assists law enforcement with search and rescue, high visibility patrol, mounted training, and working special events. Both horse and rider train throughout the year in crowd control, defensive tactics, search and rescue, tracking and more. Members use their own horse/equipment volunteering each month and attend monthly team meetings.
Summer Day CampJunior Counselors apply March-April to assist with camp activities.
Temecula Citizen Corps (TCC)Volunteers are trained in First Aid/CPR/AED to help fellow neighbors and emergency responders and the City in time of need or an emergency event.

Community Volunteer Opportunities (not affiliated or endorsed by the City of Temecula)

Community NonprofitsDescription/ActivityFocus
Alzheimer's AssociationProvide Alzheimer's care and support and accelerating research.Alzheimer's, Senior Citizens
American Heart Association, Inland EmpireWorking to end heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans, by making the places we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal healthier.Cardiac
American Patriot Music Project

Provide music to veterans and first responders on and off stage, with a variety of music projects (building guitar) designed to create a positive influence in the lives of our nation’s heroes who need help.Music, Veterans
Animal Friends of the ValleysPromote humane care of animals through education and a humane, proactive animal services program; committed to preventing the suffering of animals and to ending pet overpopulation in the cities we serve.Animals, Cats, Dogs
Assistance League of Temecula ValleyProvides new clothing for students, scholarships for high school seniors, and teddy bears to hospitalized children. Additionally, works with local agencies and school districts to provide basic needs to homeless high school seniors and children entering the foster care system.
Economic Hardship
Birth ChoiceOffer support for people facing pregnancy, parenting and reproductive health concerns. Provide information, free pregnancy testing, client care coaches, and state-of-the-art ultrasound services to women and couples who are making decisions about unintended pregnancies.Health, Women, Family
Boy Scouts of America California Inland EmpireInstill in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.Activities, Children
Boys & Girls Club of Southwest CountyProvide before and after-school programs and day camp in Temecula.Activities, Youth
Cadenza String OrchestraYoung musicians play at senior homes and at fundraising events.Music
Canine Support Teams, Inc.Place service dogs with disabled clients (16+yrs) who have various disabilities (Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Limited Mobility, and more).Disabled Persons, Dogs
Choice Program, Inc.Focused on providing life skills and mentoring programs for middle school to high school young adults.Children, Students, Self Esteem
Circle of Care Food BankProvide assistance to families and individuals in need with food and other everyday necessities.Economic Hardship
Community Mission of Hope/Rancho Damacitas
Community Mission of Hope provides a housing resource and food distribution center serving the Temecula Valley. Rancho Damacitas includes the Empowerment Village Program, a one-year transitional housing and support program for single moms and their children experiencing housing instability and life changes. 

Food Insecurity, Resources, Single Mothers

Cultivating Inclusion Farm
Job site location for day/adult transition programs for adults with special needs. The garden space provides special needs adults an agricultural experience by planting and nurturing produce, which is then entirely donated to local food banks.Special Needs Adults
Fallbrook Foundation for Senior CareOffer services and resources to seniors to live independently and age at home -- from transportation, adult day care services, and care advocacy to the senior computer-learning center.  Health, Senior Citizens
Fine Arts Network Theater Co.Create theater productions.Theater, Students
First Tee of Inland Empire (FTIE) Starting up in TemeculaThe First Tee uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills to children 5-17 in Riverside County through: The NINE Core Values™ and Life Skills at local golf courses, First Tee DRIVE ™ after school programs and the First Tee National School Program delivered in physical education classes within local schools.Golf, Students
Friends of the Temecula LibrariesOperate two used bookstores. Proceeds are used to provide year-round free programming and the purchase of books and other library materials for both Temecula Libraries. Volunteers work three hours shifts as schedules permit. Training is provided. The Friends’ Bookstores are located adjacent to the Grace Mellman Community Library (GMCL) 41000 County Center Drive, and the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library (RHRTPL) 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula.Books, Library
Green Acres Interactive Therapy (GAIT) Therapeutic HorsemanshipWork with children with special needs. GAIT uses the bond between horse or small farm animals and clients to address the unique learning, developmental, emotional, and physical challenges of disabilities.Children, Horses, 
Special Needs
Habitat for Humanity Inland ValleyFacilitate the dream of homeownership, as well as improve living conditions for those in the community.Housing, Economic Hardship
Heart of Temecula Leo Club c/o California Lions FoundationHigh school students in Temecula and Murrieta providing one-on-one tutoring and coaching for any type of cell or smartphone, SmartTV, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, for FREE every first Wednesday of the month at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library.Education, Students
Hospice of the ValleysProvide comprehensive end-of-life care, and foster reverence for life, relief of suffering, and compassion in loss for the terminally ill residents and their families in the communities we serve.End-of-Life, Bereavement, Family Support, Eldercare
Jacob's HouseRefuge where families and loved ones of those in hospitalized traumatic medical need can find shelter/a place to stay.Health, Housing
Michelle's Place  Cancer Resource CenterProvide free service to individuals and families impacted by all types of cancers.Cancer
MilVet Military & Veteran Support ServicesAssists veterans, parents, children and seniors in need with several programs: education for civilians, transitioning military and veterans; military care packages; fitness training/rehabilitation services; toy drive; Thank A Veteran; and veteran assistance with supplies, housing repairs, and vehicle assistance.Veterans, Seniors Parents, Children, 
National Charity League
Temecula Chapter
- Murrieta-Temecula Chapter
A mother and daughter (middle & high school) philanthropic organization volunteering locally for other nonprofits.Mothers and Daughters in Middle School & High School

Neighborhood Drop-In

Advocate for the construction, maintenance, and safety of current & new Temecula Valley skate parks. Promote safe, clean, and inclusive action sports parks for the youth and other supporters of the skateboarding, biking, scooter, and roller communities. Volunteers that join the street team may help by attending local events such as neighborhood park clean-ups, coaching skate & bike clinics, or simply handing out flyers at community events.

Parents, Teachers, Riders, Skaters
Operation Silver StarAssist wounded and returning combat veterans with urgent financial assistance: food, clothing, car, home, job/resume, PTSD, caregiving, benefit questions/research, resources related to military experience.Veterans
Pennypickles FoundationProvide innovative hands-on experiments and discovery to expose children to science basics.Children, Education, Science
Project TouchOperate shelter for our most vulnerable citizens.Homeless
Reins Therapeutic Horsemanship ProgramSupport disabled children and adults with therapeutic equine-assisted activities to provide mental and physical benefits that include normalization of muscle tone, increased balance & coordination, developments of speech & language, and improvements in body awareness & self-esteem.Autism/Special Needs, Horses
Riverside Area Rape Crisis CenterProvide support services to survivors and families affected by sexual violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse; and provide community education to achieve awareness and prevention of sexual violence.Youth, Women, Assault, Domestic Violence
Rose Again FoundationProvide foster children when first arriving to their foster home: new clothes, shoes, undergarments, basic necessities, backpack, books and toys, school supplies, handmade blanket and cards of encouragement.Foster Youth
Rotary Club of TemeculaSupport local youth, seniors, military families and the homeless through a variety of programs, including Give the Gift of Warmth, which needs volunteers to provide new, unwrapped (hand-made or purchased) blankets for Temecula seniors.Youth, Seniors, Military, Homeless
SAFE Family Justice CentersA safe place for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse with options about safety, emotional well-being, and your legal rights as a victim of a crime.Housing, Domestic Violence Victims
Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education FoundationEducate and empower youth to appreciate, preserve and protect nature through environmental project-based learning programs.Environment, Education, Youth
Special Olympics Southern CA /Inland Empire (Temecula Valley)Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There are day of event volunteer opportunities inside of a sports environment (at a competition) or beyond a sports environment (at a fundraising or outreach event).Athletic, Autism/Special Needs
Spero Vineyards Viticulture Vocational Training

Provide young adults with developmental disabilities instruction in the history/culture, science, hospitality, business, marketing, agricultural aspects of the winemaking business. Students have the opportunity to earn a customer service certification and a food handler’s license, and trained to position them to apply for and secure employment in a mainstream work environment.Autism/Special Needs, Vocational

Student of the Month, Chamber of CommerceHonor and praise local college or trade school bound high school seniors for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school activities, athletics, and community service, or the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education.Awards, Education, Students
TEDx Inland Valley Business & Community FoundationLocal, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark discussion and connection in a small group.Public Speaking, Motivational Presentations
Temecula Dollars for ScholarsProvide financial aid to graduates of the Temecula Valley Unified School District who aspire to higher education.Senior High School Students
Temecula Education FoundationEnhance education in the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) providing high school summer classes and before- and after-school student programs at elementary and middle schools.Education, Students
Temecula Valley Art League

Put on local art shows for a variety of art mediums (with up to 100 pieces) two to four times a year. Also provide painting (acrylic, gouache, water color) classes on Saturdays.Art
Temecula Valley Woman's ClubWomen volunteers range from teenagers to retired persons supporting fellow Temecula nonprofits that are advocates for children, support arts & culture, civic engagement, education & the libraries, the environment, and health & wellness. TVWC also fundraises for scholarships and other charities through the Annual Holiday Home Tour and Gala.College Scholarships, Children, Environment, Civic, Arts & Culture, Health
The Elizabeth HospiceProvide patient companionship, pet therapy, personal care (massage therapy, aromatherapy, music support, hair styling), veteran support, sewing projects, grief support for children, clinical counseling, internships, administrative support and community outreach.End-of-Life, Bereavement, Family Support, Eldercare,
Internships, Veterans
The Empowerment Center (TEC)Provide free family sessions for parents of school-aged children. Also offer courses in strength and resilience for middle and high school students to help overcome challenges, and service provider courses in trauma, behavior modification, and restorative practices. Courses range from $200 to $500 per person.Middle & High School Students, Service Providers
Trauma Intervention Program Inc.

Specially trains citizen volunteers to respond to traumatic incidents to support victims and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are called following a natural or unexpected death; victims of violent crime including rape, assault, robbery, or burglary; victims of fire; disoriented or lonely elderly persons; people involved in motor vehicle accidents; people who are distraught and seeking immediate support; and survivors of suicide.Health, Safety, Victims
Veterans Supplemental Support NetworkGroup of vetted service and resource providers. VSSN volunteers help with toy drives, food, toiletry and resource distribution at local events, and housing areas that serve military and veteran families. Veterans
Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)A Juvenile Court's eyes and ears for children in foster care, these volunteer advocates speak up on their child’s behalf and help them through what is often a confusing and scary time.Children Advocates, Foster Youth
Wounded American Veterans Experience Scuba (WAVES)WAVES Projects SCUBA Training Program offers veterans, and a companion of their choice, the unique opportunity to experience the therapeutic benefits of water and scuba diving.Veterans

For questions, please contact Stacey.Brown@TemeculaCA.gov 

Community Organizations listed on this webpage are not affiliated or endorsed by the City of Temecula.

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