Volunteering in Reno is a wonderful way to give back to the community through public service and help those in need by participating in the American tradition of volunteerism. The ways to volunteer listed here are some of the major opportunities available in the Reno / Tahoe area, but certainly not the only ones. A little research will reveal many more worthy ways to volunteer even if less well known.
City of Reno Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Reno presents citizens with numerous volunteer opportunities. From boards and commissions to parks and recreation, there is plenty from which to choose. For more information, contact Reno Direct at (775) 334-INFO (4636).
City of Sparks Boards & Commissions
The City of Sparks has volunteer opportunities on a number of its boards and commissions. You can fill out the online application or download a printable version and mail it to City Clerk, Sparks City Hall, 431 Prater Way, Sparks, NV 89431. For more information, call (775) 353-2350.
Washoe County Citizen Involvement
Washoe County has numerous boards and commissions that depend on citizen volunteers. You can check here to see which ones have vacancies and are seeking members. There are many other ways to volunteer as well, including at the library, for special events, and at the Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum. See the list for all the possibilities. You can fill out the online volunteer application and be informed when opportunities of interest arise.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the environment we all enjoy here in the Reno area. Numerous KTMB programs include annual Christmas tree recycling, Truckee River cleanups, neighborhood cleanups, and more. None of this would be possible without volunteers. Check the KTMB website to learn about volunteer opportunities and to sign up. For more information, call (775) 851-5185.
Nevada Humane Society
The Nevada Humane Society (NHS) runs a no-kill animal shelter which serves Reno and all of Washoe County. NHS runs an excellent pet adoption service, but volunteers and donations of various types are always needed to help the animals in our community. There is an online volunteer application and you can call (775) 856-2000.
United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra
United Way of Northern Nevada is perhaps the most well-known organization of its type in the Reno / Tahoe region. United Way renders aid to numerous causes in the area, including Nevada 2-1-1, BornLearning, Familywize, and a variety of partnerships with individuals, community organizations, government entities, businesses and nonprofit agencies. Besides donating, you can help United Way by volunteering in any of a number of ways. Call (775) 322-8668 for more information.
Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada
Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada (CCSNN) is one of the most diverse and active charitable groups in the Reno area. The organization is intimately involved with rendering services to the area homeless through Reno's Community Assistance Center. Some of the things CCSNN does include St. Vincent's Dining Room, St. Vincent's Food Pantry, Immigration Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Adoptions, Holy Child Early Learning Program, Residence, and the St. Vincent's Thrift Shop. People of all faiths and abilities are needed as volunteers.
For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at (775)322-7073 x238.
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission
The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is a faith-based organization that serves the homeless, battered women, alcoholics and addicts, and others in need in our community. Both donations and volunteers are needed. Volunteers may work organizing items or at one of the Mission's facilities. For more information, call (775) 323-0386. The website is also a good source for learning more about the work of the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission.
Nevada Volunteers is a non-profit group that works with both people looking for volunteer opportunities and other organizations seeking volunteers. One of the main functions performed by Nevada Volunteers is administering grant funding through the Nevada Division of the AmeriCorps Corporation for National & Community Service. Visit the website to learn more about AmeriCorps volunteer opportunities in Nevada. For more information, call the Reno office of Nevada Volunteers at (775) 825-1900.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an annual federal holiday in January, presents another opportunity to volunteer in the Reno community. There are related events around the Truckee Meadows on the holiday, plus numerous activities all across the country. To get more information, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.