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You Can Make a Difference!

We do better when we do things together! The volunteer opportunities in the City of Modesto are endless. Whether you want to help out by participating in the three "Takin' It To The Streets" citywide cleanup events or the ongoing volunteering opportunities (see below), you can partner with the City and together we can do great things!  Click here for more information.

To become a City of Modesto volunteer, a Volunteer Application and Waiver must be turned in to Stephanie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator with the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department.  Print the appropriate forms, complete all of the information and provide your signature where necessary.

Application and Waiver for Adults (PDF) View
Application and Waiver for Minors (PDF) View

Mail the forms to:
City of Modesto
c/o Stephanie Smith
P.O. Box 642
Modesto, CA  95353

Drop off the forms Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at:
City of Modesto
Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department
1010 Tenth Street, Suite 4400
Modesto, CA  95354


Love Modesto

Coming April 18, 2015

The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department has partnered with Love Modesto to provide our citizens with opportunities to better the community around them! This year, we are hosting the following projects:

Beautify Modesto Senior Center
The Modesto Senior Citizens Center (SCC) is in need of a good deep cleaning. Volunteers will help with wiping down tables & chairs, dusting, kitchen cleaning, and paint touchups, etc.

Partners in Paint- 7th St. Bridge
Partners In Paint is a tagging/graffiti abatement program dedicated to raising awareness about the harmful effects of tagging/graffiti vandalism on communities. The 7th St. bridge is continuously hit by taggers and we need your help to paint it out!

Loving A Lot- Hope Blooms Garden
This Garden Club was started by Memorial Medical Center for cancer patients and cancer survivors who tend it year round. For centuries, gardens have been used to heal our minds, but we would love to have your help cleaning up the garden for LOVE Modesto. Hope Blooms garden is located at Monterosso Park on Scenic Dr.

Visit Love Modesto to register!


Partners In Paint

Partners in Paint is a community education program developed by Councilmember Dave Lopez as a graffiti tool for the City of Modesto. The program is dedicated to raising awareness about the harmful effects of graffiti vandalism on communities.

Partners In Paint Flyer (PDF) View

To participate in a Graffiti Paint Out or for more information, visit

Check back soon for the next scheduled Paint Out!



Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade

Downtown Modesto's Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 5, 2015. In addition to the parade, the day begins with a breakfast with Santa at the Senior Citizens Center and ends with a community tree lighting. Come help Modesto usher in the holiday season!

Register to Volunteer!
Volunteer registration will open again October 2015


6th Annual Spirit of Giving 5K Walk/Run

On Saturday December 12th, 2015 Modesto will host it's 6th annual Spirit of Giving Jingle Bell 5K Run & Walk to benefit local charities: including the Youth Recreation Programs that provide recreation opportunities for underserved children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. This is a great way to help benefit your community! In addition to the marathon, there will be a Children's 1/4-mile Fun Run, an Awards Ceremony, vendor booths, and demonstrations.

Register to Volunteer!
Volunteer registration will open again October 2015


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to many special volunteer opportunities, the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department offers the following ongoing volunteer opportunities.  These projects foster community ownership of parks and facilities and often expedite the development of projects that are not provided for in the annual budget.

 For additional information, or for other volunteer ideas, please contact Stephanie Smith at (209) 577-5450 or