Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Coach


Being a volunteer coach is a great way to mentor kids and make a difference! Please fill out an application today and turn it into the Parks and Recreation Department. It's rewarding and Volunteer coaches are the backbone of youth sports in America. It is the parents and volunteers who sign up to coach youth sports every season that makes our youth sports programs great! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach please fill out a coaches application (PDF).

Recreation Volunteer


This volunteer placement will vary depending on interest, talents and skills of the volunteer and the needs of the department. This type of volunteer placement may be with Senior Programs, Athletics, Fitness Programs, Summer Programs, Recreation Centers etc. If you are interested in becoming a recreation volunteer please fill out a volunteer application (PDF).

Volunteer Mentor- 757 Protégé- Suffolk


It's estimated that over 17.6 million young people could benefit from having a mentor, but only 2.5 million are involved in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. This leaves over 15 million young people waiting to be matched up with a mentor, and creates a huge mentoring gap. In Virginia, more than 360,000 young people could benefit from having a positive role model in their life.

757 Protégé-Suffolk's Goal is to narrow the mentoring gap. This volunteer mentoring program is geared toward serving Suffolk youth, ages 11-14. Protégé 757-Suffolk recruits, screens, and trains adult volunteers who are asked to commit to a one-year one-on-one relationship with a child. By doing so, adult volunteers agree to spend 2 hours a week or 8 hours a month with their match.

Youth must be referred to this program. Prevention activities will aim to bring about positive opportunities and reduce juvenile delinquency in program participants. This program will equip Suffolk youth with positive adult role models and the tools they need to succeed in life. Help close the mentoring gap. Become a mentor today!!

Special Events Volunteer


Assists with special events hosted by Suffolk Parks and Recreation and the City of Suffolk. Volunteer duties will vary from assisting with Parade Line ups, collecting surveys, assisting with popcorn, cotton candy etc, to dressing up as witches, ghouls and goblins! Below is an example of some of the events that we need volunteers for:

January Through April


Community Day; Teen Spring Break Camp; Eggstravaganza, Global Youth Service Day

May Through August


Future Artist Musicians and Entertainers (FAME); TGIF Concert Series; Clean the Bay Day; Stars and Stripes Spectacular;

September Through December


Taste of Suffolk; Grand Illuminations; Holiday Parade

Community Garden Volunteer


Enjoy gardening? Get dirty, have fun, and contribute to a good cause. This garden was started in partnership with the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community in an effort to provide fresh vegetables to the economically disadvantaged citizens. Community Gardens help to promote healthy lifestyles through good nutrition, education and physical activity.

Create Your Own Volunteer Project! Great for Groups!


Do you have an idea for a volunteer project? Share it with us! If you have an idea on a volunteer project that capitalizes on your skills and interests and improves the services offered by our City, we want to know. Participate in Stewardship Virginia by completing a project that keeps our parks and waterways clean or propose a project that renovates an area of the park that you feel could be improved.