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Volunteer Opportunities

 Boards, Commissions and Committees Volunteer Opportunities

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These are the current openings on the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees:

LEOFF 1 DISABILITY BOARD – One opening for a two year term. This citizen at large position will be appointed by the four current members on the Board (two City Council Members, one Fire representative, one Police representative) and must be a resident of the City. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

PARKS, RECREATION & URBAN FORESTRY ADVISORY BOARD - One opening for a term expiring December 31, 2017. The parks, recreation, and urban forestry advisory board make recommendations to the city council and the parks and recreation director on matters relative to (a) the development, operation and use of the parks and recreation facilities of the city, and (b) the planning, designing and implementation of city park facilities and recreational services; and to obtain and review information, and advise and make recommendations to the city council and the municipal arborist, on matters relative to: the promotion of various programs related to trees, public and private, in the city; the general health and welfare of the city's urban forest; and the development of arboricultural standards and specifications for approval by the municipal arborist. City residency is required. This board meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

PLANNING COMMISSION – Two openings: one for a term expiring December 31, 2016 and one for a term expiring December 31, 2017. This Commission considers all amendments, modifications, or alterations to the City's comprehensive plan, zoning code, and subdivision code. The Commission conducts hearings on subdivisions, street vacations, and other planning functions and forwards recommendations to the City Council. Applicants for these openings must be City residents. The Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES – One opening for a term expiring December 31, 2019. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and Library Director and adopts policies under which library services are provided.    Board members are not required to be City residents. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE –One opening for a term expiring June 30, 2015.  The purpose of this committee is to conduct scenario planning to prepare for social, economic, and environmental changes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  This committee will provide advice to the City Council on the development and integration of sustainability parameters to be used in the implementation of the goals, objectives, and policies of the Walla Walla Comprehensive Plan.  City residency is required.  This committee meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.

Applications for these unpaid positions are available in the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 15 North 3rd Ave., by calling 524.4348, or online  The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, December 30. All appointments are made by the City Council, except for the LEOFF 1 Disability Board, and will begin immediately.

Library Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Library. There are always opportunities for volunteers to help us at the WWPL. We need instructors in our media lab, volunteers in our Young People’s Department and the collective efforts of those who join the Friends of the WWPL. 

If you are interested in volunteering in the Young People’s Department,  please call Liz George, Young People’s Librarian, at  or email her at .

If you are interested in exploring opportunities to teach in our media lab, please call Beth Hudson, Library Director, at  or email her at .

 Parks & Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes volunteers.  Contact our office for more details and to set up a schedule. Listed below are examples of current projects, but please suggest others if you have a special interest, skill or need.

  • Spring and Fall Cleanup:
    – Contact the Parks and Recreation office for more information.
  • Pioneer Park Aviary:
     – contact the Aviary office to volunteer cleaning or landscaping.
  • Recreation Programs:
    - If you want to help a child or teach a class, we will welcome your assistance.
  • Coaching Youth Sports:
    Please fill out our online form to coach a youth sports team.

    Apply Online for Coaching Youth Sports

  • Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board:
    The City Council appoints nine citizens to provide advice to City Council and the Municipal Arborist on relevant parks, recreation and tree issues. The advisory board meets monthly. A term on the board is for three years. 

 Police Volunteer Opportunities

The Police Department is committed to a partnership with volunteers and integrating them as an important part of our organization. Annually, the Police Department provides 12 hours of specialized volunteer training.  If you are interested in any of the positions below, please call .

Requirements to be a volunteer:

  • A strong desire and a commitment to serve your community. We accept applications continually.
  • All applicants must complete an application and submit to a background check.
  • A minimum number of hours of commitment.

Our Current Crime Prevention Programs and Volunteer needs are as follows:

BLOCK WATCH:  Contact victims of crimes, and inform them of the various services available through the Walla Walla Police Department; invite them to become actively involved in the Block Watch Program.

BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS: Organize and represent your neighbors in an organized Block Watch Program.

CLERICAL ASSISTANCE: Put your office skills to work for the betterment of your community. We have continuing needs for general office and clerical support. This may include answering the phone, greeting the public, typing, filing, assisting with informational mailers, and computer data entry.

Graffiti Abatement: 

Laserfiche:  This volunteer position is supervised by the Records Unit to scan old police documents into the current records system.

MCGRUFF THE CRIME DOG: Help us take a bite out of crime by wearing the McGruff costume at a variety of crime prevention functions.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Compose a local weekly Crime Watch Bulletin with information involving McGruff House, Block Watch, Business Watch, and Crime Prevention Tips and Concerns.

RADAR READER BOARD:  Deliver, set up, and take down the Radar Reader Board at a variety of locations in our area, to assist with our Traffic Safety Program. This volunteer service requires a volunteer time commitment of one week per month for a short period of time each morning and evening.


 

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES – One opening for a term expiring December 31, 2019. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and Library Director and adopts policies under which library services are provided.    Board members are not required to be City residents. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

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