Volunteer Services

Volunteers bring a broad spectrum of experiences and additional skills to the Town's many departments, programs, and special events. The Volunteer Services Program works to ensure a continued partnership between the Town of Los Gatos and the volunteer community to provide enhanced programs and services, and to promote civic pride.

Volunteer Opportunities and Placement

Opportunities are divided into categories based on organization and opportunity type.  See the information below for specific application and placement details.  

Town Department Volunteer Opportunities

These opportunities work directly with Town departments, programs, and special events.  Volunteers provide support to staff and customers through clerical, special project, and maintenance tasks.

How to Apply

After reviewing the list of current volunteer opportunities, complete a Volunteer Application.  Your application will be forwarded to the volunteer coordinator and you will be contacted regarding placement.

Town of Los Gatos Public Library Volunteer Opportunities

The Library Volunteer Program has a separate application process. Volunteers are placed in three annual groups: Summer Programs (selected in May), Fall Semester (selected in September) and Spring Semester (selected in January).  Students middle school aged and above, and adults, are invited to apply for volunteer positions for the Summer Programs, while students high school aged and above, and adults, are invited to apply for positions year-round. 

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to stay through the end of the
semester or summer, though may stay on longer, depending on project assignment.  The Library will work with students’ schedules to find volunteer shifts that do not interfere with school work or extra curricular activities.  Volunteers will typically work 1-2 days per week, 2-4 hours per day, depending on the project and their availability.    

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Library Volunteer Application online by the application deadline. Applicants will be contacted by Library staff for interviews and placement.  Those submitted after the deadline will be kept on file for the next round of interviews. 
Please Note: The Library Volunteer Application is a separate application from the general Town Volunteer Application.  A Library Volunteer Application must be submitted to be considered for a Library opportunity.

Police Volunteer Opportunities

The Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department has a long history of providing opportunities to residents and students who are interested in serving their community through a variety of ways. These police sponsored organizations are a wonderful way to get to know the Police Department, Town government, our employees and the community. 

For more information on volunteer opportunities offered through the Los Gato/Monte Sereno Police Department please visit the following pages:

Volunteer to Serve on the Town's Boards, Commissions, and Committees! 

The Town Council appoints members of the public to specific Town boards, committees, and commissions.  The primary responsibility of the Boards, Commissions, and Committees is to act as advisory bodies to the Council. Commission members identify issues of interest to the community, make policy recommendations to the Council, and initiate programs that benefit the community.  

Apply to serve on a Los Gatos on a Los Gatos Town Advisory Body to make a positive difference in your community. Fill out a separate application (pdf) for each commission you wish to join:
Applications to Town's Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Submit your application to the Clerk Department, 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030. You may contact the Clerk Department at (408) 354-6880.

Leadership Los Gatos

Leadership Los Gatos gives individuals the opportunity to train for leadership roles in community organizations.

In cooperation with the Town of Los Gatos, the Chamber runs Leadership Los Gatos. This 10-session program is for people of all backgrounds and interests who wish to become more involved in the community.
The mission of the program is to engage, educate and develop service-oriented individuals who live and/or work in Los Gatos for leadership roles in community and neighborhood organizations, schools, places of worship and Town government.

For more information on Leadership Los Gatos.

Community Unity

Links to current Community Unity volunteer opportunities are available at www.LosGatosCA.gov/CU

Community Special Event Opportunities

These opportunities are for special events that are sponsored by a local non-profit and benefit or take place in the Los Gatos Community.  To volunteer for these opportunities, contact the person listed with the project information on Community Unity.   

Community Ongoing Opportunities

Like the special event opportunities, ongoing community opportunities are sponsored by a local non-profit and benefit or take place in the Los Gatos community.  The opportunities generally require a long term commitment with regularly scheduled meetings and/or shifts.  To volunteer for these opportunities, contact the person listed with the project information on Community Unity.   

Applying for a Volunteer Position

Who can Volunteer?

Adults and students (middle school age & above) who can commit for a minimum of 3 months or for a specific special event or project duration.

Where can I find current volunteer opportunities?

Current volunteer opportunities are listed on Community Unity.  

Do I need an application?

YES! Those opportunities with the Town of Los Gatos require an application.  See the links below for specific applications. 

For other community opportunities listed, please contact the project's coordinator directly.  Contact information is available on the Community Unity page next to the specific project. 

Where do I submit my Town of Los Gatos application?

Applications are filled out and submitted online through this website.  If you are not able to complete an application online, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for assistance.  Complete an application now by following the links below:

Town of Los Gatos: Department or Special Event Volunteer Application
Town of Los Gatos Public Library Application

For more information, please contact:

Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator