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 In April of 1997, the city officially launched its first formal volunteer program, "Volunteer Thornton" to oversee ongoing volunteer operations. Volunteer Thornton is a progressive program created to manage volunteers who assist in implementing programs and services in various city departments. Today, Thornton is distinguished by the spirit of its citizens who are actively involved in promoting the welfare of the community. This spirit of involvement is at the very foundation of our community. This tradition of responsibility has been passed on and is a driving force for shaping the city of Thornton's future.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Please click on the departments below to learn more about open volunteer positions.

 Arts & Culture  

Arts Ambassadors

Arts Ambassadors are members of the Thornton Community that have a sincere interest in the growth and promotion of all arts and culture programs within the city. Arts Ambassadors work with artists, musicians, performers, and various community member. Art Ambassadors work with  Arts and Culture staff to increase awareness of arts and culture, develop and install art exhibitions, and participate in various community events.
Click here to begin a volunteer application.


 Boards & Commissions 

Want to be involved in the decisions made in your community? If so, consider applying for a position on a Thornton Board or Commission. 

Current Vacancies (click to view applications):

Complete the Board & Commission application and submit it via email by following the instructions on the form OR print and mail it to the following address:

City of Thornton, City Clerk's Office, 2nd Level
9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229-4326


 Community Connections


The Snowbusters Program is the City of Thornton's volunteer snow removal program.
This program was initiated to help provide snow removal for low-income, disabled and senior residents who cannot otherwise arrange or afford their own snow removal. Snowbusters help make it possible for their neighbors to safely enter and exit their homes as well as receive their meals and medication deliveries.


Community Connections

On occasion, the city receives calls from low-income, senior residents, and people with disabilities; requesting assistance with projects such as fence removal, painting, and yard cleanup.  On a case-by-case basis, we are able to pair these residents with volunteers willing to complete projects. Many of these projects only take a few hours and your assistance can help make a direct impact on a neighbor in need. This is a great opportunity for families and other groups interested in giving back to the community.

If you are available to assist a neighbor in need, please contact the Community Outreach Division at 720-977-5800 or outreach@cityofthornton.net .


 Court-Ordered Community Service  

The city of Thornton does not offer any court-ordered community service opportunities on weekends or after 5 p.m.

A limited number of city of Thornton Divisions will accept court-ordered community service volunteers. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one full-day shift from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in order to be placed within a volunteer position after Labor Day through the end of May. 

Seasonal hours dictate schedule changes June through September, where volunteers must commit to an eight-hour shift from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., or a 10-hour shift from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All community service must be completed before applying for any other city of Thornton volunteer opportunities. Applicants must be at least 18-years-old. 

Click here to begin a court-ordered volunteer application.

 Emergency Management 

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) 

The CERT Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for all types of hazards and teaches basic skills in disaster response, volunteer management, fire safety, basic first aid, and team development. CERT Basic Training is done once a year, usually during the Fall/Winter months. Trainings are held one night a week for 8 weeks. Applicants must complete all 24 hours and the full-day exercise as a graduation requirement. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 

Click here to view the 2018 training schedule.



Storm Drain Marker Program

Help reduce the pollutants in our rivers and lakes during the Spring/Summer. Volunteer to place markers that say 'No Dumping -Drains to River' on storm drains that run into our local rivers and lakes and distribute literature on pollutant awareness.  There is no age requirement to be a Storm Drain Marker Volunteer, simply an interest in water conservation and willingness to help the environment.


The Thornton Adopt-A-Street program encourages citizens to take an active role in their community by helping to keep our streets free of litter. Show you care about Thornton and help the environment by volunteering to Adopt-A-Street. By volunteering to Adopt-A-Street, individuals, groups, or organizations agree to remove litter from a selected street, once a month, for a period of one year.

To begin volunteering with the program, please contact Kelsie Kirchner, Environmental Services Admin, at 720-977-6200 or environmentalsvcs@cityofthornton.net.

Water-Wise Demonstration Garden 

The Water-Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer will help with the maintenance of The City's Water Wise Demonstration Gardens. Volunteers will work with staff members and City contractors on garden duties, including, raking, weeding, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, deadheading, planting, and removing plants as needed. The Water Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer must possess knowledge and experience in general gardening techniques.

Click here to begin a volunteer application.

Water Ambassador

Water Ambassadors help spread the water conservation message and inform neighbors about Thornton's conservation programs. Water Ambassadors must be at least 16 years of age with an interest in water conservation and willingness to learn about The City's water efficiency campaign and programs to help customers save water.

Click here to begin a volunteer application.


 Police Department

Please note: All prospective Police Department volunteers must submit a  volunteer application and undergo an extensive criminal background check. The screening process may take several weeks to complete. We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding these safety procedures.  

Thornton Citizens Police Academy

The Thornton Citizen's Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at law enforcement. This Academy will acquaint citizens with the Police Department's role in the criminal justice system and to provide increased understanding of the tasks Police Officers face in their daily work. The Academy meets once a week for 14 weeks and is designed to give citizens an overview of the police department's function and operational procedures. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 

Please click here to begin an application.

Thornton Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association

Volunteers that have completed the 14-week Thornton Citizens Police Academy training are qualified for a range of volunteer positions within the Police Department. TCPAAA volunteers have the opportunity to continue their service in over 50 exciting and diverse positions and training. 

Victim Advocate 

The Thornton Police Department Victim Service Unit is a shared effort between the cities of Thornton and Northglenn. Victim Advocates offer support, assistance, and counseling to victims of crime. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis intervention and on-site response. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Applicants must be able to:

  • Pass full background and criminal background check.
  • Pass computer voice stress analyses truth verification.
  • Complete 40-hour training in Victim Advocacy.
  • Commit to three, 12-hour on-call shifts per month; 5 a.m.- 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. - 5 a.m. Preferably for one year or longer.

Please click here to begin an application.



Girls Softball Coach

The city of Thornton offers recreational, fast-pitch softball to girls ages 4-16 with practices beginning in May at various locations. Teams practice twice per week, either 5-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Games are held on weeknights between 6-10 p.m. Head coaches and assistant coaches are needed to help teach young athletes the love of softball and provide a fun, positive, and character-building experience. Prospective coaches must complete a free online concussion training before applying. 

All head coaches and assistant coaches must submit proof of concussion training and undergo a criminal background check prior to the beginning of the season (May).


 Special Events  

Special events are a fun way to get more involved in your community. The city of Thornton hosts many special events throughout the year that only get better with the help and support of volunteers! 

These events include: 

Just a few hours of your time can make a big difference. Volunteers will periodically be sent online sign-ups to pick shifts. These are a great opportunity for young residents looking to get involved in their community. 


 Youth & Teens

Youth and Teen Volunteer Corps

This is a Summer program designed to cultivate responsibility in Thornton youth, ages 11-18. Volunteers assist with craft activities, supervise younger children participating in the Adventure Club at the Thornton Community Center, and oversee portable playground equipment and activities.

 To join the Youth and Teen Volunteer Corps, please contact Jenny Dowdell at 720-977-5934 or jenny.dowdell@cityofthornton.net.