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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

 

April is Renton Volunteer Appreciation Month
Thank You Volunteers!

Hundreds of people contribute thousands of hours of service annually throughout the City of Renton. They are coaches, mentors, civic leaders, members of organizations and clubs; they are young, or young at heart, and have one thing in common: a commitment to engage in our community and inspire others in formal and informal programs that enhance the lives of people in our community.
We cannot thank them enough for their contributions and are grateful for their continued service with the City of Renton.

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 Bonnie Rerecich at 425-430-6600. 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:

Renton CERT

 Volunteers Needed for Renton’s Community Emergency Response Teams
Cert training

The City of Renton is actively recruiting volunteers to be part of the city’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT is a nationwide all-hazards disaster preparedness program created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CERT volunteers are empowered to take on leadership roles in their neighborhoods following a disaster. It is also part of the national Citizens Corps program to increase preparedness through volunteerism.

Sign up now for the  Spring 2014 CERT Academy: Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., April 15-May 31, City of Renton Fire Station 14, 1900 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA.  Classes are taught by fire and police department personnel and local experts. The cost is $25 for Renton residents and $30 for non-residents.  For more information about CERT contact Mindi Mattson at 425-430-7041 or register here. 


 

Spring Green and Clean Saturday

Middle - Cleaning Fences

 May 17, 2014
 Philip Arnold Park 720 Jones Avenue South 
 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.

 This is your chance to "dig in" and help your neighborhood park.
 We'll bring the tools, you bring the "Volunteer Power."
 Call our Community Services Department at 425-430-6600 to register.
 Parent Spring Green and Clean Saturday form required for minors.
Children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.


Renton Spring Recycling Day

Recycle FlagMay 10, 2014 - Renton Technical College
North Parking Lot, NE 6th Place & Monroe Avenue NE
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for activities such as greeting visitors, directing participants, helping unload items, and more. Volunteers can offer their time for a full or half-day shift with shifts available 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m., or all day. Please help us in diverting goods from the waste-stream in our goal of making Renton Clean and Green. Call Julie at 425-430-7396 if you would like to volunteer. 


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.