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Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department actively seeks volunteers to assist with specific events, park clean-ups and recreation programs. We think we have some of the very best volunteers in the country! If you have ever been one of them - THANK YOU!
Please note that we regret we are unable to offer court-ordered community service opportunities beyond our community events, which are open to all. The organizations below may be able to assist you:
- Kent Jail: 253-856-5960 ($30 background check required)
- Kent Youth & Family Services: 253-859-0300 (must be 18)
- Kent Food Bank: 253-520-3550 (Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri., 10-2 plus one evening per month)
Our community volunteer events are usually on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. - 12 noon, rain or shine. Parks staff can provide a limited supply of tools, and volunteers are advised to bring gloves and a shovel or pruners, wear sturdy shoes or boots (no flip-flops or sandals!) and dress for the weather. Orientation and a safety briefing starts promptly at 9:00 AM. We are grateful to our friends at the Starbucks on 4th & Meeker for donating hot chocolate and coffee for our volunteers, along with the water we provide.
Pre-registration guarantees that we keep our events manageable, safe and fun for everyone, so sign up by noon at least three days before each event. (If you miss the three-day deadline, please call to see if registrations are full: 253-856-5113.) Click on the links to download the registration forms when they are posted, fill them out and send via fax (253-856-6050), scan and email to: email@example.com, mail to Parks Planning, 220 4th Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032 or drop them off in person (Parks Planning office is in City Hall, 3rd floor).
Or...click here: New online registration now possible for all of our events!
Our last regularly scheduled spring event was May 18. BUT a very special event is coming up (expecting 200+ volunteers, including 75+ from our funding partner Disney!):
- KaBOOM! Playground Build, Friday, June 7, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Turnkey Park. Ages 18+ only, please, for safety reasons. Click here to download the registration flyer. NOTE: we are close to our volunteer registration maximum, and may need to close this out before the end of May. "Prep Day" activities Wednesday, June 5, 8-4: some adult volunteers needed; contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're available and would like to help us get ready.
Check this site in early September for our fall event schedule. Registrations close at noon three days before each event. If you're interested in other volunteer opportunities, check for upcoming Green Kent Partnership work parties in various locations and posted as volunteer Stewards organize them: www.greenkent.org For more about the Green Kent Partnership, click on the link below. For other volunteer opportunities in the city, click here.
In 1995, we developed an Adopt-A-Park Program for groups and individuals interested in volunteering at various parks in the City. Under the Adopt-a-Park umbrella are 1) one-time park improvement projects for groups of 10 or more, 2) spring and fall community-wide events, 3) litter clean-ups for students and others interested in doing community service and 4) seasonal park clean-up commitments, where a group truly does "adopt" one favorite park or trail without staff assistance.
To learn more about the Adopt-A-Park Program or upcoming volunteer opportunities, call 253-856-5110 or email Park staff with your name, group name (if applicable), address, daytime phone number, FAX number, and email address. Or, simply fill out a volunteer intake form online, checking off the Adopt-a-Park box. Once we receive it, we'll touch base with you about your time commitment and interests. We will do our best to match you up with a volunteer experience that will be meaningful for you and helpful to us.
Eagle Scout Projects
Over 200 projects have been completed to date by young men - and a few young women in the Girl Scouts - to improve Kent Parks for residents and visitors. Eagle Scout candidates should allow a minimum of three months to plan and execute their project. The city of Kent does not approve projects with "emergency" deadlines due to a scout's impending 18th birthday. Kent Parks maintains a list of projects that can be done by a scout and his volunteers with limited parental or adult involvement. Most projects take well over 100 volunteer hours! Projects may be subject to site conditions, staff availability, weather and available city funds if scouts cannot raise 100% of the project costs. All Eagle Scout projects need to be completed within six months maximum. Eagle Scout candidates should be prepared to present themselves in a professional manner in communications (phone calls, meetings, emails, etc.) with the Eagle Scout coordinator and other city staff. For details about our requirements and to receive the list of currently available projects, please complete the questionnaire and return it to Victoria Andrews.
WSP Background Checks Now Required
Depending on the program, volunteers may be required to complete a Washington State Patrol background check application form in addition to the intake form and a service agreement.