Community Service & Programs

Volun-Teen Program

The Volun-Teen program is designed to help local teens make a positive impact in their community. While many volunteer options are currently on pause as we transition out of the pandemic closures, typical opportunities include summer Counselor-in-Training programs, Special Event assistance, reception/administrative support for Senior Services, serving lunches to seniors, and more. Questions about the Volunt-Teen Program? Have a volunteer opportunity for local teens? Contact Recreation Supervisor Taylor Melton at

Current volun-teen opportunities


Are you in photography club? Or an experienced photographer? Interested in photography in college or as a profession? We're looking for volunteers with the first opportunity coming up quick: Pumpkin Splash (Friday, October 14th). Photos will be used on our social media accounts, website, printed marketing and information material, and more. Email if you are interested. Please be prepared to show examples of your past work.  

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In partnership with the Food bank of Contra Costa & Solano, the El Cerrito Recreation Department will have collection barrels on site for canned and non-perishable food items. The food collected provides a greater variety of groceries for the community members they serve. Items they recommend donating healthy, nonperishable food that you would like to eat! Here’s a list of the most needed items:

  • Canned tuna and chicken in water
  • Beans and lentils (dry or canned)
  • Rice
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Whole wheat/grain pasta
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Canned tomato products
  • Hearty low-sodium soups
  • Canned fruit in juice
  • Nonperishable ready-to-eat meals (chili, ravioli, etc.)

Please note: The Food Bank cannot accept glass containers, food one year past its ‘best by’ date, open or partially used products, alcohol or food without nutrition labels.

The donation drive will run Tuesday, November 1 - Friday, November 18. Barrels will be located at the El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane) in the Main Hall entry and the Recreation Office (please see office hours).

To learn more about The Food Bank or to see other ways of helping, visit their website: Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (


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Cards for Seniors: A simple card, picture or painting made with paper, paint, crayons, glue and scissors is all someone needs to lift their spirit up, give them hope, or bring a smile to their face. You are invited to create greeting cards for local El Cerrito senior citizens to be delivered along with our weekly meal program. Once your cards are ready, email to coordinate having them delivered with our meal program.Gymnastics Leader-in-Training: The El Cerrito Recreation Department is excited to announce our new LIT program. This program is open to current and past Advanced students, of those with gymnastics experience in grades 6-9. LITs assist coaches in leading beginner level classes, and can earn community service credit for their efforts. For more info, email Supervisor Taylor Melton at

Upcoming Opportunities

December - Toys for Tots Program


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Interested in volunteering for our 4th of July festival? Email: JVJAWAD@CI.EL-CERRITO.CA.US for more information and how to sign up!

Summer Leaders in Training Program

Designed for the teen who is ready to take on responsibility and learn skills that may help them land that first job. Leaders in Training will spend their time learning vocational skills, job etiquette and child development. They will also get hands on experience assisting with young children throughout their camp day. Teens want to have fun, so they will have time set aside to socialize with each other and celebrate what they’ve accomplished over the two week program – including an end-of-session special event! LITs will receive a certificate validating their experience. LITs are required to wear a camp shirt as well as appropriate shorts or pants and athletic shoes.

Activity Details: Leaders in Training Wks2&3


Meeting Details: 06/20/2022 -07/01/2022


Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Days: Mon - Fri


Eligibility: 9th-11th Grade 2022-23

Register Here

Activity Details: Leaders in Training Wks5&6


Meeting Details: 07/11/2022 -07/22/2022


Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Days: Mon - Fri


Eligibility: 9th-11th Grade 2022-23

Register Here