Volunteers are an integral part of the Mentor Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department. They assist us with camps, special events, learn-to-swim, in maintaining our parks and public lands, and with numerous activities at the Mentor Senior Center.

As a volunteer for the City of Mentor, your time, commitment, energy and assistance help the staff of the Mentor Recreation Department achieve our mission through the implementation of quality leisure time activities and events for our residents.

As a volunteer, you can have a positive impact on your community! Imagine the following scenarios:

• While volunteering at camp, you make a child who is new to camp feel welcome and happy to be there on the very first day! She goes home and tells her parents she had fun at camp and you are her favorite counselor!

• As a special event volunteer, you greet participants in a friendly manner and give them directions to the feature they are looking for– they remember that you made it easy for them to participate and will most likely be back next year.

• The Water Safety Instructor you are helping as a Learn-to-Swim assistant appreciates having you in the water to help the children in class learn to love the water as much as you do.

Lend A Hand for Summer Volunteer Program
Our Lend A Hand for Summer Volunteer Program is designed for kids ages 14 and older and offers opportunities within our day camps, special events and aquatics programs.  Get an application here. The deadline for submitting the Lend A Hand for Summer Application is Friday, April 17.

Teens In Action: Volunteers Needed
Is your group looking for a great fall project to help those in need? Are you a high school student looking for community service hours? The City of Mentor is looking for Mentor area teens and teen groups that are willing to offer yard clean-up and leaf raking assistance to low-income Mentor senior citizens.
On a date and time convenient to your group, teens are asked to perform jobs include raking leaves and small outdoor yard maintenance projects. The targeted dates for clean-up will be November 17 – 23, weather permitting. Work generally takes place between 9:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. A certificate of recognition is provided to all volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720.

Adults wishing to volunteer may call the department year-round at (440) 974-5720.

Special Event Volunteers: The city is looking for volunteers to help with many aspects of our large city-sponsored events, such as BeachFest and Mentor CityFest.  Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Nick Standering at (440) 974-5735.