The City of Redmond has a variety of opportunities for people who wish to volunteer their time to help enhance the quality of life in Redmond, as well as gain experience or learn new job skills at the same time.
Citizen volunteers serve on the City Council and as Mayor, on various commissions and committees involved in city government, with Police and Fire Department programs, and with many special projects at City Hall and in the community. Volunteers help to improve services with very little cost to the taxpayers.
Ongoing Volunteer Programs
- Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Street -- The City of Redmond is looking for volunteers to participate in the Adopt-A-Street Program. Families, service organizations, school groups, and individuals interested in helping to beautify the community can sign up for a 2-year commitment to clean "their" street, or park, four times a year. The City supplies bright orange vests and trash bags and picks up the bags when you're finished. For more information or to sign up, please call 541-504-2000.
- Fire Department Volunteer Program -- Citizens can serve in a variety of ways at the Fire Department, including firefighting, clerical, EMT or by helping with the annual Toy and Food Drive. Information, 541-504-5000.
- Police Department -- Volunteer in the Policing Program. To learn more about the Neighborhood District Policing Program, contact Redmond Police Volunteer Coordinator, Officer Susan LaChance, 541-504-3450.
- Central Oregon Council on Aging (COCOA), including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) -- To learn about the volunteer opportunities with COCOA, please call 541-548-8817 or visit their website at www.councilonaging.org/COCOAVolunteers.html.
- Redmond Garden Club -- members plan, plant, and maintain the flower beds at the north and south entrances to Redmond. Contact Esther Barnes, 541-923-3825. http://redmondoregongardenclub.org
- Redmond - Sisters Hospice -- has volunteer opportunities in Redmond, Sisters, Bend, Tumalo, Culver, CRR, Terrebonne and the surrounding areas. More than 25 years ago, Redmond-Sisters Hospice started as an all volunteer organization. In garnering the support of volunteers, they strive to maintain the long-time tradition of caring and trust in the community that is so important to end-of-life care. Volunteers of all ages, skills and interests are always welcome! Information, visit their website at http://www.hospiceofredmond.org, call 541-548-7483, or stop by 732 SW 23rd, Redmond.
- Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) -- Volunteers can help young students improve literacy skills by reading to them through the SMART program in Redmond. SMART is a nonprofit organization that focuses on reading with children ages kindergarten through third grade. The youngsters who participate in this program not only learn how to read more proficiently, they also become better students, their attention span is longer, their ability to communicate improves, and they get exposure to books which they get to take home and keep. Apply to become a volunteer reader for one hour once a week or learn more at http://www.getsmartoregon.org/ or by calling 541-355-5600. Volunteers have an opportunity to read one-on-one with children at Lynch Elementary, Vern Patrick Elementary or Terrebonne Elementary.