Volunteer Opportunities for City of Mesa

Consider sharing your most precious gift with your neighbors--your time. The City of Mesa offers many opportunities for citizens to help make our community an even better place to live. Volunteers are needed in our art center, libraries, museums, neighborhoods, parks, police, fire department, courts and many other areas. Whatever you can spare--an hour a week or a few hours a day--we need your help.

Mesa Arts Center
Volunteer at the Mesa Arts Center





The City of Mesa provides a quality work environment where volunteers are valued and respected for the role they play in contributing their time and talents.

  • Because of your sense of commitment and pride for the community
  • To give back to the community
  • To accomplish work that is important in the community
  • Recognition
  • Receive on-the-job training
  • Develop skills in a municipal environment
  • Networking opportunities
  • Because you believe in the cause
  • Explore your strengths and  use your skills and experiences to help others

What our volunteers are saying

Aydin admits that he started off volunteering to get Service Learning Hours,
but now he volunteers just because he enjoys it so much!

One reason Bonnie volunteers is because the museum welcomes young volunteers.


Individuals interested in donating their time to the City must complete and sign a General Volunteer Application form. Volunteer applications can also be completed in person at the City of Mesa Human Resources Office, 20 E. Main Street, Suite 100 or printed and faxed to Michelle Alvis at 480-644-4322.

The recommended minimum commitment is usually four hours per week and can be flexible depending on the circumstances (i.e. winter visitor, student). The maximum commitment is 40 hours per week.

The volunteer who has completed and signed a Volunteer Application and has a Volunteer Job Description on file with Personnel is covered by the City Worker's Compensation program as per City Resolution No. 6491. If injured on the job, the basis for computing compensation is outlined under A.R.S.  23-901.06. The department also may wish to utilize a Volunteer Agreement.

Depending on the nature of the assignment (i.e. handling money, security issues), the department will determine the need to complete a background check. This process may include fingerprinting. 

Types of Volunteers

  • Individual
  • Unpaid Intern/Service Learning - May receive credit from their school.
  • Youth ages - 12-17 - A signed parent authorization form is required to participate in a City sponsored Youth Volunteer program. The Police Department does not utilize any volunteer under age 18 and Victim Assistance has a minimum age of 21.
  • Groups - Including but not limited to Girl Scouts, Eagle Scouts, churches, or civic organizations. Individual volunteer applications are not necessary if the group leader or organizational representative signs an authorization form.
  • Event - One time or episodic event participation will be based on the needs and criteria of the department requesting their services.

Helping Hands build a better Mesa!

Michelle Alvis
20 E. Main Street,
Suite 130
Mesa, AZ  85201

In 2013, volunteers provided 255,908 hours of service to Build a Better Mesa at a value of over $5 million dollars.

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