CORRECTING THE RECORD: Volunteering Requires a Long and Recurring Commitment of Time

FICTION​: There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities ranging from “one-and-done” events for those who can’t commit to a regular schedule, to longer, repeating events for those who are able. In fiscal year 2017, hours volunteers donated totaled about 1.21 million hours worked and saved about $28 million.
volunteer walking dogMany people often assume that volunteering requires a recurring commitment of time, like a job schedule. While some volunteer opportunities are long-term or have set schedules, there are a number of single-day opportunities, as well. Events like Clean the Bay Day, Earth Day and Keep VB Beautiful need large numbers of volunteers for a single day to make a big impact.

There are more about 15,000 active volunteers who donate their time and the opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, the largest single volunteer force is Emergency Medical Services, which is always looking for new volunteers to train as emergency medical technicians or help in their administrative offices.

The City’s VB Reads recently added a new school to its roster and is looking for volunteers to help students read at or above their grade level by third grade.. Some other available opportunities include:​

  • Staffing the customer service desk in City Hall
  • Tour guides at the Rural Heritage Center
  • Office help in a number of City offices
  • Kennel assistants and administrative help at The Animal Care and Adoption Center
  • Play Pals at Parks & Recreation
For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please visit the Office of Volunteer Resources website, or call 385-4722. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do, call the office or send an email to, and someone will help match you with a volunteer position.
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