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Volunteer Services

The City of Independence has volunteer opportunities in several of its departments. Each of these offers citizens the chance to give back to the community while assisting City employees in a variety of tasks.

For more information, contact Marissa Willis (816) 325-7388.

Fire Department
Assist the Emergency Preparedness Manager and Fire Department Explorers program with office duties.

Animal Control
Answer phones, groom animals, clean cages, feed and exercise animals, fundraising events and education outreach programs.

Volunteer opportunities at City’s historic sites: Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, National Frontier Trails Museum, 1827 Log Courthouse,1859 Jail & Marshal's Home Museum, Pioneer Spring Cabin, Chicago & Alton Depot.

Volunteers in Police Services
Volunteers in Police Services: Assist with patrolling parking lots, Santa-Cali-Gon Fair; booth at Independence Center, Child ID program, park and trail surveillance, parking enforcement and directing traffic.

Senior Program Leader
Assist Palmer Center staff with daily meal program for seniors and package meals for home delivery.

Emergency Preparedness & Home Security
Volunteer weather spotters, R.A.C.E.S ham radio operators, Adopt-A-Siren, Community Emergency Response Team, and Emergency Operation Center.

Beautification Commission
Tree sales, Arbor Day activities, City-wide Clean-up, Truman Walking Trail, and Master Gardeners.

Adopt a one-half mile stretch of City street for litter control. Remove signs illegally placed in street right-of-way.

By adopting an Independence city park, your group, organization or school agrees to visit that park once a month to help keep it clean and to make note of any condition that requires attention by park maintenance employees.

Adopting a park will help to extend your tax dollars by allowing City parks employees to spend more time on major renovations, repairs and other much needed maintenance work.

Assist with special events and programs at all parks and with general office duties.
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