Volunteer Opportunities

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Advisory Committees and Commissions

Advisory committees are a structured way for individual citizens to share their opinions and perspectives, study issues, and develop recommendations in a focused small group. Applications are accepted from November to January each year.

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Parks Volunteers

Volunteers enable Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation to offer affordable recreational, educational and cultural programs. Volunteers also help maintain and improve our parks through work parties, becoming Park Stewards, or Adopting a Park as a group.

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Police Explorer Program

The Police Explorer program is for youth ages 14 1/2-21. Participants will learn about law enforcement as a career and assist with community events and other public safety activities. Explorer Scouts are part of Learning for Life through Boy Scouts of America.

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Police Volunteers (VIPS)

VIPS is a generalized opportunity for citizens to be involved with OPD. Assignments vary from periodic special events to weekly shifts patrolling or assisting at City Hall. This program is flexible and can be built to match your schedule and interests.

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Stream Team

Stream Team offers a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and Puget Sound. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds can get involved. You can participate individually, or bring your family, friends or members of your community group.