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With over 100 parks, greenbelts, recreation facilities, and local events in Davis, there are many opportunities for volunteerism in the City. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round and can accommodate various schedules, interests, and skills. 

  1. Review our most popular types of volunteer opportunities described below.
  2. If you would like to see a list of our current volunteer opportunities throughout the City of Davis, click here.

Davis Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

VIPS serve as extra “eyes, ears, and helping hands” for the police department, but do not engage in contacting, detaining, or arresting suspicious persons or criminals.

Downtown Host Program

Downtown Hosts are volunteers who provide a friendly face for our downtown community.  Hosts help visitors to area shops, restaurants, cultural venues and historic sites.  Downtown Hosts also act as extra eyes and ears for the Davis Police Department to control nuisance behavior.    

Graffiti Abatement Volunteers

Graffiti abatement in Davis is exclusively handled by volunteers. Davis PD VIPS regularly patrol city parks and respond to graffiti hotline complaints. Volunteers can also help by adopting an area to patrol regularly or scheduling a group for a graffiti abatement workday.       

Police Department Cadet Program

The Cadet Program is open to youths between the ages of 13-19 who are interested in learning about law enforcement. Cadets participate in a variety of activities such as providing traffic control, public information, assisting in crowd control at special events, and search operations.

City of Davis Volunteer Program

The City of Davis has a variety of volunteer opportunities, which can include working with one or more city departments on a regular basis.

Davis Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT was created to train Davis community members on how best to help themselves, family and neighbors during an emergency. CERT also serves as a pool of volunteers that can assist the PD in the event of a large scale emergency.