Volunteering at the City of Great Falls
Our lives are busy and it is often hard to find time to volunteer. However, there are tremendous benefits to becoming a volunteer. The right fit can help you meet new people, make a difference in your community and learn new skills. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health.
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often what holds a community together. The City of Great Falls has a number of volunteer and service opportunities that might just be perfect for you!
Park and Recreation
Adopt -A-Park Program - Volunteers have the opportunity to help with litter clean-up, vandalism watch, shelter and picnic area cleanup and maintenance as well as the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs and flowers, weed control and River's Edge Trail projects and maintenance.
Visitor Center - Volunteers answer the phone and provide answers regarding travel to Great Falls, assist travelers with internet searches for information of the local and surrounding area and provide other travel related services.
Special Events - Volunteers are used during many events throughout the year such as the Ice Breaker, Easter Egg Hunt, Pet & Doll Parade, junior golf programs, Electric City Winter Classic Basketball Tournament, Lions Family FunFest and Montana Senior Olympics.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Park & Recreation Department please call 771-1265.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work with animals, they can assist with dog walking, dog grooming and socializing. They also can provide administrative assistance, help with special projects (i.e. sewing adoption vests, creating photo albums, scrapbooks, creating items for goodie bags etc.) and assist with public education programs. Volunteers help develop and implement fundraising campaigns as well as create and staff shelter and community special events.
If you are interested volunteering at the Animal Shelter visit www.greatfallsmt.net/animalshelter/volunteer-program or call 771-1180 X 369.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with things such as finger printing, abandoned vehicle abatement, organizational and clerical work, warrant assistance and evidence room support. They may also be asked to work with high risk youth and monitor inmate communications or help with report writing or at special events. Volunteers are needed with skills/experience in areas such as chaplains, physicians and grant writers.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Police Department please visit www.greatfallsmt.net/police/volunteer-program or call 455-8408.
Great Falls Public Library
There are a number of opportunities for volunteers at the library. If you love books and helping people, this might be the perfect fit for you. Library volunteers help out in the Montana Room, assist with light maintenance projects, help scan multiple files as well as offer assistance during children's programs.
If you are interested in volunteering at the library call 453-0349.
Boards & Commissions
Serving on a City board or commission is a great way to become involved in your local government. This is an opportunity for citizens to become involved in the various issues facing their local government and become a part of the decision making process. The City of Great Falls has over twenty boards and commissions. So, whether your passion is planning, recreation, health, or the arts, there is sure to be a topic that interests you.
If you are interested in serving on a board or commission visit http://www.greatfallsmt.net/boc/current-board-and-commission-openings.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
If none of these opportunities spark your interest, check out United Way's Volunteer website, which features 50 non-profit agencies and volunteer opportunities throughout Cascade County.