Volunteering for Recreation Services
Looking for work experience or something to add flair to your college applications? If so, the Recreation Services Division's volunteer program is a great place to start. Opportunities exist for teens and adults to assist the City in a variety of volunteer capacities within the Recreation Services Division.
All volunteers need to be 13 years of age or older, and each volunteer must have a City of Cerritos Recreation Services Division Volunteer Application/Waiver on file, complete the fingerprinting process, and attend a volunteer orientation workshop prior to being assigned to any program or event. In addition, volunteers are required to attend two workshops a year to maintain their active status. Volunteers under the age of 18 must acquire a signature from their parent or guardian. Fingerprinting is conducted by appointment only on the first Wednesday of every month, except holidays. Orientation workshops are listed below.
Registered volunteers will receive a letter with their recorded hours on a quarterly basis. Upon completion of a minimum number of service hours, volunteers will be invited to an annual volunteer recognition. The demand for volunteers, assignments and hours vary from season to season. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, workshops, orientations and fingerprinting appointments, please call Heritage Park at (562) 916-8570.
Please call Heritage Park at (562) 916-8570 for orientation dates and times.
Recreation Services Volunteer
Volunteers, age 13 years or older, are needed for youth activities such as Friday Night Kids, Little One's Hour, Half Pint's Night, crafts and much more. Special events include the Halloween Festival, Spring Fling and Firework Spectacular and the July 4th Let Freedom Ring Celebration.
Youth Sports Volunteer
The sports section of the Recreation Services Division recruits volunteer coaches on a seasonal basis for its four youth sports leagues. Volunteer coaches must be 16 years and older and are required to undergo a certification process, which includes fingerprinting and mandatory meetings. Teen volunteers with athletic experience are needed to assist Recreation Leaders in a variety of youth sports programs. Teens will learn basic Recreation Leader responsibilities and serve as a youth organized play class instructor's assistant, a youth sports volunteer coach, a special events assistant and more. For more information on becoming a youth sports volunteer, please call the Cerritos Sports Complex at (562) 916-8590.
Swim Assistant Volunteer
Volunteers will assist swim instructors as well as help with special events at the Cerritos Swim & Fitness Center. Orientation is required. For more information, please call the Cerritos Swim & Fitness Center at (562) 407-2600.
Be a "Park Guardian"
Many residents use, walk by or drive by Cerritos neighborhood parks on a regular basis. There are an extremely low number of incidents reported, but those reports usually occur after the fact such as vandalisms, graffiti, etc.
As the “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff’s Department in a neighborhood watch, we are requesting that you make it a point to look at the activities from your nearby residences, or when you pass by. If you are in the park, take a moment to look a little closer at the facilities. If you notice any suspicious persons or vehicles, call the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station right away at 562-860-0044. (Remember, using a cell phone for a 911 call will connect you with the California Highway Patrol and cause an unnecessary delay in any local response.) If there is graffiti, please contact the Graffiti Hotline at 562-916-1233. To report any maintenance issue in any park, please call the 24-hour hotline at 562-916-1220.
While parks are an attraction for recreation and relaxation, they are also a lure for others that are looking for a place to congregate with less than legal intentions. Keep in mind that the parks within the City are closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. If you see someone in any closed park, please call Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. Alcohol cannot be consumed in any park at any time, nor is smoking permitted.
By maintaining awareness to these quality of life issues, we can ensure that our parks will be a place for our family, friends and neighbors to safely enjoy.