Volunteer  Opportunities

Why Volunteer

Volunteers have always played an important role in the development of our programs and are extremely valuable in the District's ability to offer programs.  There are many benefits to being a volunteer, such as: gain valuable work experience, explore new careers, earn academic credit, learn a new skill, meet new friends, help others in need and have fun!


Getting Involved


Step 1


Consider having a specific volunteer job you are interested in mind when you contact the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.  If you are open to various volunteer jobs, contact the Volunteer Services Supervisor to see if there's any specific needs or opportunities available.  Ask staff about scheduling a visit and get to know the staff and environment, ask for a job description, and decide whether the volunteer job, environment, and time commitment are a good match for you.

Step 2

Long-term and ongoing volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application
Volunteers over the age of 18 must also complete a background and fingerprint check and those who will work with food or children must provide a clear TB test result.

Return the Volunteer Application by email  or mail it to:
H.A.R.D. / Volunteer Services
1099 E Street, Hayward, CA 94541

V.I.P.  - Volunteers In Parks

H.A.R.D. has parks that need TLC!  Join us and be a V.I.P.!
H.A.R.D. provides tools, leadership, snacks and satisfaction of knowing you are a V.I.P.   Work includes litter pick up, pull weeds, spread mulch and more.  Events are normally scheduled 9:30am-1:00pm (dates and locations subject to change).  We ask volunteers to wear sturdy shoes, wear a sun hat or sunscreen, bring bottled water, gloves and that parents or guardians accompany youth and sign waiver.   Sign up to be a V.I.P. today!
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