While the City of Albany has relied for years on dedicated members of the community as volunteers for special events and the senior center, a formalized and expanded City Volunteer Program was not conceived until 2002. The Volunteer Program was designed to match qualified volunteers with various city departments in need of assistance for special projects, events and day-to-day tasks. In the program, volunteers gain hands-on experience in city government, serve their community, develop a sense of community pride, enhance the City’s programs in a cost-efficient manner, establish a sense of teamwork and meet other community members.
The City of Albany utilizes volunteers on an as-needed basis for short and long-term assignments within a variety of City departments and at special events such as the Fourth of July Celebration, Solano Stroll, Hoopla, park clean-up days or any other City department events.
Albany Green Team
The Green Team is a new division of the Volunteer Corps whose mission is to assist City staff and other organizations in increasing wildlife habitat and Albany residents’ opportunities to find nature within city limits. Additional outcomes of its work are strengthened community relationships, fun activities for its members, and a more beautiful city!
The Green Team is self-led, meaning that its members themselves decide on activities for the group, thus allowing for different levels of leadership and participation. The City of Albany’s Environmental Resources Division and Recreation and Community Service Department support the Green Team with guidance, contacts, and tools and materials for certain projects.
Examples of the Green Team’s activities include:
- Assisting Albany’s Urban Forester in beautifying the city by planting trees and other flora, including Bay-Friendly and fruit-bearing species
- Participating in conservation activities of local organizations: removing invasive plants in Albany Hill Park or along one of Albany’s five creeks, conducting clean-ups of the Ohlone Greenway or Albany Beach, etc.
- Adopting storm drains around the city: stenciling "No Dumping, Drains to Bay" and clearing the drains
- Establish community re-use/sharing events (tool lending, swaps, etc.)
- Identify additional "greening" projects throughout the City
To join/apply for membership in the Green Team, simply check the interest box on Albany’s Volunteer Application. If you would like more information about joining the Green Team contact Claire Griffing or call (510) 528-5765.
Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?
Download & submit a volunteer application form to:
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Ave.
Albany, CA 94706
Albany Community Center
Community Services Manager
(510) 524-9283 or email Chelle