Ongoing Opportunities

Adopt Programs

Group of volunteers cleaning a park through our Adopt a Park programHelp us keep Pasadena beautiful! Pick a park, trail, waterway or street in the city and commit to cleaning it four times a year. After the second cleaning, a sign with your name or business will be posted at your adopted location. You set the schedule, and we will provide all of the equipment and safety gear you’ll need. 

After each cleaning, you’ll fill out a short, one-page form about what you collected, which helps us get the right crews out there to pick up the trash and debris you gathered.

This is a great option for businesses, organizations and families, and it’s a good way for kids to earn volunteer hours. For more information, email us at and include "Adopt Programs" in the subject line.

Animal Shelter

woman carrying a puppyOur animal shelter comes to the rescue of thousands of animals each year, and you can be part of that! Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday to assist with walking animals, fostering pets, helping with animal adoptions and other duties.

This is the perfect fit for animal lovers who are looking to give back to the community. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, or 16 years old to volunteer on their own. 

All volunteers must be approved volunteers with the Volunteer Pasadena program and must also attend a one-hour orientation at the Pasadena Animal Shelter.

Pasadena Public Library

Volunteers and library staff at a library eventIf you love to read, working in the library’s bookstore is the perfect volunteer opportunity! The library is looking for volunteers (ages 16+) to help greet and assist customers, as well as to help maintain the bookstore. Shifts are available:
     Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., or 5-8 p.m.
     Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, the Pasadena Public Library often needs volunteers to help with special events and programs, like shows for children, teen crafts, and a variety of classes.    

Heritage Park & Museum

Sign for Pasadena Historical MuseumGet an up-close and hands-on look at Pasadena’s history! Heritage Park & Museum is looking for volunteers to help with the important job of preserving the city’s past.

Duties include things like: cataloging artifacts, taking photos, typing item descriptions and helping staff preserve and clean the items. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shifts are available; volunteers can work one day or multiple days each week.

Citizens on Patrol

Work closely with our police department in Citizens on Patrol vehicleprograms that are designed to help reduce and prevent crime. Duties might include things like: business parking lot patrols, residential vacation checks, disabled parking violation enforcement, neighborhood speed surveys and more.

Volunteers in the Citizens on Patrol program must have attended and completed the Pasadena Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. If you are interested in joining the next class, contact the Community Services Division at (713) 475-7025 for more information.

Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department

Fire station #5 in PasadenaBe part of a tradition of excellence! Pasadena has the largest single municipal volunteer department in the United States. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be a resident of Pasadena, and have a high school diploma or GED. They must also pass a background check, a physical, an agility test and a drug screening. Applicants must also have a valid Texas driver’s license and good driving record.

Each Fire Academy is 10-12 weeks and is typically held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as on Saturdays. For more information, visit the PVFD Recruitment website.