Milpitas Volunteer Program

The Milpitas Volunteer Program welcomes volunteers of all ages to share their time and talents with the community. Volunteers assist with City events, community service programs, park cleanups and emergency readiness activities. Others serve on commissions and task forces or work on special projects related to their interests. The City and its residents benefit greatly from our volunteers’ service, which allows the City to provide enhanced customer service without increasing costs. Volunteers benefit, too. They have fun, meet friends and neighbors, gain skills and earn service credits or work experience.

The City maintains a database of hundreds of volunteers ready and willing to serve the community. We email monthly with a list of upcoming project and opportunities in the community. Volunteers choose which opportunities to respond to, based on their interests and availability. Volunteers under age 14 require parent or adult guardian supervision. Volunteers ages 18+ must have a Livescan fingerprint background clearance on file for certain volunteer activities. To request a Livescan appointment, call (408) 586-3090.

For more information, contact Marketing Coordinator Ruby General, (408) 586-3206.

None at this time.

Milpitas Clean-up Day – Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Let’s work together to beautify Milpitas on World Cleanup Day! Clean-up your neighborhood park, your street, your yard, or an area in Milpitas that you know could use a helping hand. For more information, email

Pick up your free litter kit:

  • 9/16: Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
  • 9/17: Millpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd.
    Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd.

Adult volunteers who have expertise in a particular subject matter and can commit to regular meeting attendance are encouraged to apply to serve on a City Commission. Currently, the following commissions have openings for members or alternates:

  • Arts Commission
  • Community Advisory Commission
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Commission

For more information, visit the Commissions webpage.

Senior Nutrition Program Volunteers. Prep and serve lunch Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Barbara Lee Senior Center. This volunteer assignment requires training, so it is best for those able to commit to a long-term assignment, rather than a one-time service. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of two days per week. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has worked in food service or wants to gain skills to pursue career in food service. For more information, email

Volunteer Translators. Help the City reach residents who do not read English. Proofread short items in Chinese, Spanish or Vietnamese. This work is done via email. For more information, email

Volunteer Photographers. Photograph City events and locations. Pictures are used on our website, social media pages and City publications. For more information, email Apply by sending sample photos or link to your online portfolio.

Milpitas HOPE Suicide Prevention Task Force. Help us publicize mental health resources to our diverse community, especially at-risk teens, LGBTQIA+, and cultural groups. For more information, visit the Milpitas HOPE webpage or email

If you represent a nonprofit organization based in or serving Milpitas residents and would like to advertise your volunteer opportunities on our website, please submit your information using our online form.

Second Harvest Food Distribution. Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves Milpitas residents, has a number of volunteer opportunities in Milpitas and nearby locations. To sign-up please use this link: Second Harvest Volunteer Calendar. For more information, email or call (408) 266-8866. Ongoing.

Health Trust Free Grocery Distribution. Health Trust, which serves Milpitas residents, has an immediate need for free grocery distribution volunteers to pack groceries first Wednesdays of the month, 8:30-12:30 p.m. Please note, the volunteering location is 1153 S. King Road, San Jose. For more information, visit, email, or call (408) 961-9862. Expires 12/21.