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The goal of the City of Tukwila Volunteer Program is to enhance the spirit of partnership that City government encourages and enjoys with Tukwila citizens. Citizens, by volunteering, gain an opportunity to learn and interact with City employees on municipal concerns and projects. The City, utilizing the time and experience of volunteers, can provide more and better services. Together the City and Tukwila citizens can achieve the City's mission of "...preserving and enhancing a vibrant and healthy quality of life by providing caring, effective, and efficient service." In providing volunteer opportunities, the City is committed to adhering to State and Federal laws and to upholding professional and ethical standards. These include a commitment to not directly replace employees or paid positions with volunteers and to provide volunteer opportunities that utilize and value talent and expertise.
The City of Tukwila Volunteer Program operates under the authority of the Mayor's Office. The program was formally established in February 1999 with the hiring of a Volunteer Coordinator to oversee volunteers in all City departments. Volunteers have been active for many years in several City departments, particularly Parks & Recreation and Police. The success of these volunteer efforts led to the City's decision to expand the program and create uniform policies. The City currently lists a wide variety of volunteer positions including on-call opportunities, short-term projects, and continuous departmental assignments.
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