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Are you interested in sharing your talents to help others in your community? Volunteering can provide valuable job experience, keep your skills sharp, and make you feel great by giving back to your community.

Riverside County has a variety of opportunities to suit varied skills and areas of interest. Every year, volunteers generously donate thousands of hours of time to assist an array of organizations in serving our residents and visitors. We greatly appreciate their efforts.

Riverside County Volunteer Programs

American Red Cross: Riverside County

Volunteers carry out 90 percent of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. Whether from the comfort of your own home or onsite working with teams, your talents can make a real difference in the community.

Read More About American Red Cross: Riverside County

Animal Shelter Volunteer Program

Volunteers at the Riverside County shelters improve the welfare of homeless animals by walking the dogs, brushing and petting the cats, giving a dirty pup a bath, making a kitten a new bed to sleep in and more.

Read More About the Animal Shelter Volunteer Program

Community Outreach Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services provides volunteer and internship opportunities for the community and residents to become involved in learning, experiencing and assisting the various programs within the Department of Public Health (DOPH).

Read More About Community Outreach Volunteer Services

Home Gardening and Horticulture

Master gardeners are trained to provide the novice green thumbs of Riverside County with research-based information to promote environmentally-friendly gardening practices, including how to use natural remedies to ward off pests and how to compost.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Riverside County Office on Aging provides more than 20 different programs and services to seniors, including social engagement and meal deliveries, that rely on the help of volunteers.

Read More About the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Volunteer Center of Riverside County

Volunteer opportunities include data entry, working for suicide and crisis prevention hotlines, and referring callers to the community services they need.

Find Out More About Our Volunteer Center

Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer Reserve Firefighters assist the Riverside County Fire Department in firefighting activities and the provision of emergency medical services (EMS). 

Become a Volunteer Firefighter

Volunteer Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages

The Riverside County Clerk’s office can turn you into a Volunteer Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages, giving you the ability to perform wedding ceremonies. Just say, “I do!”

Learn More About Becoming A Volunteer Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages

State of California Volunteer Programs

California MENTOR Program

California MENTOR’s services and supports are focused on helping adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities build increasingly rich, independent lives.

Read About the California MENTOR Program

National Volunteer Programs

National Mentoring Partnership

Using the organization’s Mentoring Connector, you can search for a variety of community programs and connect with them directly about volunteering.