Volunteerism in Simi Valley
Simi Valley is a community with a long history of civic engagement and volunteerism. Simi Valley has a very active service club community, local government, and a multitude of other non-profit organizations that complete projects and help people throughout the community every day. Each year in City-owned facilities alone, more than 700 volunteers provide over 70,000 hours of service to the City, at an estimated value of over $1.5 million! Whether you are interested in volunteering with the arts, social services, senior services, environment, youth, animals - or all of the above - there is always plenty going on in Simi Valley.
The Simi Valley City Council is proud of its thousands of community volunteers who give selflessly to better our community. Annually, the City Council recognizes one special individual who represents this spirit of volunteerism as the Community Volunteer of the Year. They also recognize one special individual that volunteers with the City.
The City Council previously recognized the following individuals:
Community Volunteer of the Year: Pamela Messier (2017), Barbara Glodfelty (2016), Antoinette Olsen (2015), Betty Lipman (2014), Ray and Sally Valderrama (2013), and Donna Baldwin (2012)
City Volunteer of the Year: Sharon Martin (2017), Alexandra Walker (2016), June-Marie von Osinski (2015), Veronica Martinez (2014), Judy Pepiot (2013), and Kurt Fredrickson (2012)
Community Volunteer of the Year - Nominations Sought
The Simi Valley City Council is proud of its thousands of community volunteers who give selflessly to our community. The City Council will recognize one special individual who represents this spirit of volunteerism as the 2017 Community Volunteer of the Year.
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for Community Volunteer of the Year. 2018 nomination forms will be posted at the end of the year. For more information, please call (805) 583-6861.
Please take a moment to review the volunteering opportunities below, whether you are interested in volunteering with the City or with private non-profit organizations.
- Volunteering with the City
- United Way Day of Caring
- Volunteering with Local Non-Profit Organizations
Volunteering with the City
The City of Simi Valley offers numerous ways to get involved with City programs, operations, and facilities. Follow the links below for more information about how you can help out:
- Living Green Expo Volunteers
- Senior Center Volunteer Opportunities
- Police Department Volunteer Opportunities
- Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
- Disaster Service Workers
The City of Simi Valley also has more than two dozen official citizen boards, commissions, and appointments that provide varied opportunities to get involved in the community. The City maintains a current List of Citizen Boards, Commissions, and Committees (Maddy Act List). Meetings of these groups are always open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend and participate even if they are not appointed to serve on them. You may also use the following links to find more information about some of these boards, commissions, and committees:
- Ad Hoc Permit Processing Review Committee
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit Advisory Committee
- Area Housing Authority of County of Ventura
- Building and Safety Appeals Board
- Citizens' Election Advisory Commission (CEAC)
- Citizen's Transportation Advisory Committee
- Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee
- Neighborhood Council Executive Boards
- Planning Commission
- Simi Valley Arts Commission
- Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Foundation
- Task Force on Homelessness
- Ventura County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council
- Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board
- Youth Council
- Youth Employment Service Advisory Board
United Way Day of Caring
The 27th Annual United Way Day of Caring was held on September 17, 2016. Individuals and corporate teams were encouraged to register to volunteer with various projects within Simi Valley or elsewhere in the County.
For more information or to register for a volunteer project for the 2017 Day of Caring, please contact United Way.
Volunteering with Local Non-Profit Organizations
Simi Valley is home to many non-profit organizations that actively seek out volunteers, for all sorts of causes. The following is a list of local non-profit organizations that are seeking volunteers. If your organization serves Simi Valley and you would like to add your non-profit organization to this list, please submit an on-line application to appear on this list. You may also wish to check United Way's VolunteerVenturaCounty.org, the State of California's Volunteer Listings, or VolunteerMatch.org to find more volunteering opportunities.
|Agents for a Cause
||Promotes cancer awareness through community events and fundraising||Volunteers to engage the public to promote the mission of Agents for a Cause|
|Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley
|Provides afterschool and school break programs to youths age 6-17 at an affordable cost||Teaching life skills, tutoring, technical assistance, coaching, fundraising, career development programs, performing arts, office work, building repairs, and more! Must be at least 16 years of age.|
|CASA of Ventura County
|Represents children in court who are removed from their homes by protective services||Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), fundraisers|
|Community Pregnancy Clinic
|Offers free services to women in unplanned pregnancies.||Please call (805) 583-3598 for volunteering information.|
|EF Educational Homestay Programs
|Promotes international understanding through cultural exchange and language learning.||Volunteers to host students|
|For The Troops
|Packages and sends "We Care Packages" to deployed military personnel, primarily in war zones||Help assemble "We Care Packages" at Simi Valley headquarters, or collect donations at local retail stores|
|Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.
|Advocates for seniors and dependent adults in long term care facilities||Volunteer ombudsmen to provide visits at least once a month and ensure residents' lives are safe, optimal, and respected|
|The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
|Assists with the operation of the Presidential Library and Museum||Docents are needed to conduct tours and assist the public with inquiries|
|The Samaritan Center
|Daytime drop in center for the homeless, at-risk of becoming homeless, and the poor and needy.||Volunteers to assist with yard work, kitchen cleaning, laundry, painting, food pantry organizing, and sorting clothing and donations|
|Simi at the Garden
|Simi Valley's first community garden, with nearly 200 individual garden spaces||Gardeners, advertisers, and event organizers|
|Simi Valley Little League Baseball
|Opportunities for kids to have fun and learn to play baseball - everyone plays!||Umpires, coaches, board members, fundraisers, groundskeepers|
|Simi Valley Public Library
|Opportunities for lifelong learning through 28 public access computers, free wi-fi, access to over 2 million items from over 40 libraries, quiet indoor and outdoor areas, and rentable community room||Sorting and shelving books, computer assistance, check-out, craft assistance, special events, and homework helpers for elementary school-age students|
|Simi Valley Community Foundation
|Providing ongoing charitable support to address the humanitarian needs of our community, the Foundation serves as an umbrella organization for local charities to coordinate and maximize resources while encouraging giving for the public good.||Fundraising|
|Ventura County Foster Parent Association
|Provides support and advocacy for foster children and foster parents||Solicit, sort, and distribute donations; organize and attend community events|
|Welcome Home Soldier Foundation
|Welcomes home our military personnel by honoring and embracing their return after serving||Volunteers for fundraising events: Admissions/ticket booths, children's booths, beer & wine booths, raffles & auctions, setup, and cleanup|