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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our regular in-person volunteer opportunities are temporarily on hold, but watch for new virtual volunteer opportunities and special projects each month!

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

None scheduled at this time.

Family Park Cleanup Days – A new opportunity for your family or small group to do a good deed in your neighborhood park. To learn more, please contact Ruby General at or call (408) 586-3206.

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
  • Economic Development and Trade Commission
  • Energy and Environmental Sustainability Commission
  • Library and Education Advisory Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Commission
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Commission
  • Senior Advisory Commission
  • Veterans Commission

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Volunteer Translators are still needed to help translate and proofread documents. We have an immediate need for volunteers that can read and write Vietnamese. The other languages needed are Chinese and Spanish. This can be done through email. Contact

Volunteer Photographers. We need your help building our photo library with photos from around Milpitas. If you’re an avid photographer, please send your photography portfolio to All ages and skill-levels welcome.

Milpitas HOPE Suicide Prevention Task Force is seeking new members to help reach our diverse community, especially the underserved teen and LGBTQ+ community, and Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish speakers. If you are interested, please email Tegan McLane at

Food Distribution. The Second Harvest Food Bank has a number of volunteer opportunities between November 18 – December 21, 2020.

To sign-up please use this link: Second Harvest Volunteer Calendar. Please use the LIST view rather than Calendar view so that you can see the names of the 4 different roles/shifts. Second Harvest has recently had a few volunteers report being sent to an error page after they signed up. All these volunteers were in fact confirmed sign-ups despite this glitch. If this happens to you (we hope not) or you have any other questions or difficulties, please email: or call the Second Harvest Volunteer Services team at (408) 266-8866. Second Harvest is always happy to help or hear any ideas you have.

MVP Application Form