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Why volunteer?

Volunteering a rich and rewarding experience. Volunteering allows you to connect with your community, neighbors, City staff, and area businesses, become involved and make a difference in your community, meet new friends, have a sense of accomplishment by giving back to your community, and grow as a person. Plus, it is a lot of fun. Here at the City of Montgomery we value our volunteers and thank you immensely for giving your time to help make the City of Montgomery the wonderful city it is.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Adopt-a-Spot (Adults, teens, families, groups)
    • Various locations
    • Flexible to individual’s schedule
    • Help to maintain flower beds in the parks
  • July 4 Parade and Festival
    • Parade Line-Up Assistants: 8:15 to 11:00 a.m. (Adults)
    • Festival Game Booths: 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Adults and Teens)
  • Bastille Day
    • Saturday, July 14, in downtown Montgomery
    • Over 100 volunteers are needed to put on this great event.
    • Volunteers are used in a multitude of areas
      • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Adults and older tees to help with set up
      • 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Various Shifts. Adults to sell beer/wine tickets
      • 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Various Shifts. Adults for beer/wine booth volunteers
      • 11:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Various Shifts. Adults to sell tickets for kids’ game booths
      • 11:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Various Shifts. Teens/adults to manage kids’ game booths
  • Office Support at City Hall (Adults)
    • For answering phones and office support tasks.
    • Need a people person with great customer service skills, phone and computer experience to support the staff on an as-needed basis.

For more specific information about any of these opportunities, contact DeAnna Gross at 792-8329 or dgross@ci.montgomery.oh.us.

Board/Commission Openings:

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals conducts public hearings and meetings to review and decide action on variance requests and other appeals related to the provisions and administration of the City’s Zoning Code.  Commission members also assist with the Bastille Day event. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. 

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission seeks to improve the quality of life of Montgomery citizens by promoting an integrated park and recreation program.  The Commission provides advice and assistance to the administration regarding the development and operation of the parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, and programs for the City.  Members focus on current safety standards for the City’s parks by conducting park “walk-throughs,” help to assess the recreational needs of residents and assist with a variety of special events.  In order to promote familiarity with each of the seven parks, the commission’s meetings are held at various City parks and lodges. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m

Beautification and Tree Commission

The Beautification and Tree Commission annually develops and updates a plan for the care of trees, shrubs, and flowers in all public areas.  It advises the Administration and the City Council on the prudent and productive use of financial resources for the purposes within its charge.  The Commission proposes programs, submits an annual budget, supervises such undertakings as are authorized by City Council and reports its progress annually on projects and activities within its responsibility.  Commission activities include Beautification Week flower planting, Garden Tour, Beautification Awards, Arbor Day Celebrations, Tree City USA recognition, Plant Swaps, Downtown Holiday Decorating and hanging basket planting and tree workshops.  Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 9:00 am.  

For any questions, please contact DeAnna Gross, 513-792-8329 or dgross@montgomeryohio.org.

Volunteer as a Family

harvest moon Today, families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. Research has shown that volunteering as a family:

Helps families learn about social issues and provides a new perspective on the world

Provides positive role models and passes on family values to children

Provides new learning experiences and development of new skills for both children and adults

Provides quality time for the family to spend together

Increases interpersonal communication and the problem-solving abilities of family members

Helps youth decide what they want to do with their life

Source: United Way

Why Children Should Volunteer

Kids have fun when they volunteer, but volunteering also:

Enhances development — Volunteering can benefit a child’s psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills. It also provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.

Promotes a healthy lifestyle and choices — Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.

Teaches social responsibility — Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.

Creates a lifelong ethic of service — Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.

Improves the community — Volunteer activities are essential for advancing the common good, and children can be part of the change.

Source: United Way

Tips for Volunteers

Volunteers on making a difference dayVolunteers are a precious resource for the City of Montgomery. We want you to be comfortable, safe and knowledgeable in your role as a volunteer. We will do our best to match your skills/interests with our volunteer positions. To help accomplish this, you will be asked to sign a Waiver and Release form. This form is for your benefit as the City provides secondary medical coverage to volunteers should they be injured. In addition, you will be given instruction at your event to make sure that you are comfortable and knowledgeable in your volunteer position. Also, any necessary protective equipment will be provided to you at your volunteer event. To assure your comfort, you will be informed of the appropriate clothing for your event. At large events, all volunteers will be identified with a wristband. You will have a contact person before starting your volunteer shift. You will also have support at your volunteer event from the Volunteer Coordinator, Staff Liaison or a Board/Commission member.  Your contact person and/or the support people will make sure you receive breaks and release at the end of your volunteer shift.  Everyone will work together to help make sure you have a comfortable, safe and knowledgeable experience as a City of Montgomery volunteer.

Volunteering is a rich and rewarding experience. Volunteering allows you to:

connect with your community –neighbors, City staff, businesses

become involved and make a difference in your community

meet new friends

give back and have a sense of accomplishment

grow as a person

have fun volunteering

For further information and/or to apply for any of the above opportunities, contact DeAnna Gross at 792-8329 or email dgross@ci.montgomery.oh.us.