City of Fort Worth


Adopt-a-Spot Program


Our Adopt-a-Spot program offers great opportunities for businesses, neighborhood groups, faith groups and civic organizations who want to have a positive impact on their community. This program helps to enhance community pride by maintaining clean and attractive parks, green spaces, nature trails and roadways for residents and visitors to enjoy.

An adoption is an agreement with the city for a minimum of two years, so make sure your group wants to make a long-term commitment before beginning the adoption process.

If you would like to adopt a park, street or median, please contact Keep Fort Worth Beautiful at  or by phone at 817-392-2046 to begin the contract process.

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Animal Care and Control

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer with Fort Worth Animal Care & Control.


Volunteer with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter!


Want to make a difference? Join us!

There are so many ways to volunteer your time to help Fort Worth Animal Care and Control (FWACC). We could not save more than 90% of the pets who come through our doors annually without our incredible volunteer team. If you're passionate about helping people and pets, we have a "job" for you!

Volunteers are needed for almost everything we do, but our biggest volunteer needs are:

  • Adoption Matchmaker- help families find their perfect match among the 300 or more pets waiting at our shelter. 
  • Dog Enrichment Program - provide enrichment (in the form of toys, treats, and more) to pets in our care. Enrichment is critically important to help pets stay mentally and physically stimulated while they are in the confinement of a shelter.
  • Dog Walking- walk, socialize and train selected pets in our care that are most in need!
  • Paw-parazzi - help photograph the pets in our care waiting for their homes. By having clear, distinguishing photos showcasing the animals personality, it helps increase their adoptability and connect them with their new family.
  • Play Group Monitors - with over 300 dogs in our shelter on any given day, we rely on our play yard areas to help dogs get much needed exercise and enrichment in play groups. These volunteers help us monitor the yards and ensure the play groups are safe and fun for every dog involved.
  • Greeters - help potential adopters find their way around the shelter and meet adoptable cats and dogs
  • Off-Site Adoption Centers/Events - assist with adoption matchmaking, cleaning and greeting potential adopters at our two off-site adoption centers and off-site adoption events
  • General assistance with cleaning, laundry, dishes, and more!
  • Foster Volunteers - volunteering in our foster care program is an extremely rewarding opportunity for individuals and families. Our foster program allows pets that are too young for adoption, who are recovering from an illness or injury, or who are in need of other care to stay in private homes until they are ready to be adopted.

    Click here to learn more about our foster program.


Looking for group activities?

We love having volunteer groups visit us! We are able to accommodate groups of at least 5 but no more than 8 volunteers, all of whom must be at least 18 years old. We call this our “Day of Service Program”. Opportunities are available most Mondays-Sundays, and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Scheduling is made on a first come, first-served basis. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Melanie Pena @ be sure to include the preferred date, time, and names of volunteers in your email). 

By choosing to volunteer, you will have the opportunity to strengthen our great city by connecting with families, neighbors, and communities through service. Your help is very much appreciated by staff and the shelter pets - help us make a difference in your community!



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Adoption Matchmaker

Primarily assists customer service staff with customer service duties in either the lobby, dog kennels, or outside play yards/runs. This position is a support counseling role. All final adoption decisions are made by staff.

• Answers visitor questions and matches visitors to needed resources and services

• Informs visitors of behavioral and/or medical information, previous owner surrender notes on particular animals by accessing shelter database software. (Using shelter tablet. Kiosk or computers)

• Provides guidance on animals that are a good fit for the visitor’s household – pet matching

• Assists visitors with finding a staff member or Dog Walking volunteer to safely remove animal from the kennel for a meet and greet, if necessary

• Encourages foster or field trip/slumber party for potential adopters not yet ready to adopt


Required training: Volunteer orientation, Dog Handling class, Cat Handling class

Mobile Adoption Events

Promote FWACC’s mission and recruit volunteers, adopters, and donors at special events around town. Work at information tables and booths, hang out with adoptable animals and assist during the adoption process while appropriately representing FWACC. Depending on the event, dog walking, animal handling and pet and crate care may be needed. Locations vary across the city.

Requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Dog Handling class

Paw-Parazzi Photo Volunteer

This volunteer position assists with photographing and writing quick bios for animals available for adoption. Having a good, clear picture of the animal as well as a biography about their personality drastically increases their chance at getting adopted quicker.  Volunteers in this position would:

• Work alongside Dog Program volunteers to walk, interact with and photograph adoptable dogs in the shelter

• Submit 2-3 pictures (a clear, front facing photo and an interactive photo) to shelter staff

• Submit a dog bio to the shelter staff, describing the animals observed likes, dislikes or personality traits


Requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Dog and/or Cat Handling class

Enrichment Volunteer

Assists with all aspects of the enrichment program at our shelter! The enrichment program is vital for helping animals in our care remain mentally and physically enriched while they wait for their new families. Enrichment volunteers are responsible for:

• Passing out approved toys and enrichment items to shelter animals

• Helping prep enrichment items for the next day

• Helping keep inventory of enrichment supplies

• Assist staff or behavior coordinator with dog training and/or play groups


Requirements: Ability to dedicate 1 hour every 1-2 weeks

Must attend volunteer orientation

Animal Fostering Program

Become a foster hero!

As the city of Fort Worth's only open admission shelter, we never turn away a pet in need. Foster caregivers help us save lives of pets recovering from illness or injury, orphaned kittens and puppies, and many other animals that may thrive better in a home environment than in the shelter. Most pets at FWACC that are available for adoption are also available for foster, and we welcome fosters who can take pets into their homes for any length of time. Foster parents help increase the adoptability of these shelter animals by providing care and a foster home during this time of transition from the shelter to an adopter’s home.  As a foster parent, you are a volunteer and helping us save lives of shelter pets in need. Whether you are able to commit to just an afternoon or a longer opportunity, we have a verity of ways for you to get involved.


Foster parents are most in need for:

  • Short term foster placement, such as an Out and About day trip or overnight sleepover. Short term foster decreases stress in our animals, gives them a much needed break from the shelter, and helps us gain valuable information about the pet to help match them with their future adopter. This is a great way to try out fostering because it is a short-term commitment that makes a HUGE difference in the life of a shelter pet! Find out more about this type of fostering below.
  • Medium-large adult dogs who have been in the shelter for longer than 30 days! Some animals (through no fault of their own!) can be passed by in the shelter. These "hidden gems" often times just need to get out of the shelter and have someone advocating for them to find an adopter.
  • Puppies/kittens or moms with newborns that are too young to be adopted
  • Pets recovering from an illness or injury needing some extra TLC and medical care

How to foster:

  1. Fill out our foster form (link on the right).
  2. You will recieve a welcome email within 72 hours of submitting your application. Read through the email to find your foster manual for more information on setting up an appointment.

What does the shelter provide?

  • WE provide all vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and pre-authorized vet care for your foster pet. Food, treats and other basic supplies (beds, crates, leash, etc.) will be supplied to you, depending on availability (these are donation based).
  • YOU provide the basics – your home, exercise, space, socialization and love.


You can view our dashboard of pets currently available for foster by clicking here. Please note: this list is updated frequently, but some animals may have already found their forever or foster homes!


Please email if you have any questions.

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Citizens Police Academy

In the spring of 1992, the Fort Worth Police Department Training Division graduated 43 citizens from the first citizen training academy. The curriculum and teaching methods were similar to the traditional police academy, but the students were not police candidates. The class members were a cross-section of the Fort Worth community; i.e., homemakers, professional business persons, retirees and neighborhood watch members.

The first Police Night School was held in England in 1977 by the Devon and Cromwall Constabulary and met with immediate success. Citizens were anxious to learn operations of their police force which heretofore were obscure and private. Shortly afterward, the Orlando, Florida Police Department conducted the first Citizens Police Academy in the United States. The Orlando Citizens Police Academy was patterned after the English Police Night School. Since that time, other law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have developed and conducted various versions of the Citizen Police Academy.

Graduates of the Fort Worth Police Department Citizens Police Academy will not be commissioned law enforcement officers nor vigilantes. They will be more familiar with the operations of the Fort Worth Police Department and will gain a deeper understanding of the problems and policies facing Fort Worth Police Officers.

The training program consists of classroom and "hands on" instruction to provide the public with a working knowledge of the Fort Worth Police Department. Participants will meet for three hours once each week during the 8 to 12 week course. Instruction will be comprehensive, and each week a different area(s) of the police department will be covered, with each session facilitated by the officers and supervisors who work in that particular unit. Topics covered will include the officer use of firearms and deadly force options, criminal investigative skills, crime scene search, communications, narcotics, area gangs, specialized units, tactical operations and community involvement.

It is the goal of the Fort Worth Police Department that after you complete this program, you will have enough information to dispel any suspicions and misconceptions about the law enforcement role in our criminal justice system. We hope you will develop an appreciation for the Fort Worth Police Department as our community continues to grow and that you will educate others on what you have learned when the opportunity arises. After completion you will have the opportunity to engage in volunteer opportunities with FWPD as a Citizens Police Academy Alumni.


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Fire Department

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No matter your level of expertise, whether you're interested in helping out for a day or wanting a more long-term commitment, the Forestry Section has a volunteer opportunity for you. 

Volunteer workdays at the Tree Farm projects can vary by season, but often include transplanting trees into containers; planting in the tree fields; weeding; staking and trying trees; and organizing the tree inventory. Bring your family, friends, co-workers and fellow tree enthusiasts. Rain or shine, we'll be here with something to do for every physical activity level. 

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Graffiti Abatement

What type of projects do we have for volunteers?

Blitz Projects


To help reduce and discourage criminal defacement of private and public property and make Fort Worth an even more beautiful community.


In this very visible role, you’ll attack graffiti by painting over it on structures large and small. Most locations have patchwork that shows were graffiti used to be. For this project you will go over the patchwork, making the wall one cohesive color, which not only beautifies the area but also helps our program if the location ever gets graffiti again.

Time Frame

Typically a 2 to 4 hour shift.


  • Personal transportation is required to travel to each location.
  • Must be at least 12 years of age to participate with a supervised group, if you are younger than age 12 you will need one-on-one supervision. Ages 18+ do not need supervision.
  • Must wear closed-toed shoes.
  • Are okay with outdoor activities and potentially getting paint on clothing.
  • No experience necessary.

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful (KFWB) is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful that has served our community for more than 40 years. Our mission is to educate and engage Fort Worth residents and businesses to take responsibility for improving their community environment.

KFWB has three goals:

  • End Littering
  • Improve Recycling
  • Beautify Communities

We encourage all residents, businesses and visitors to become a volunteer to help prevent litter and make a difference in our community!

If you have any questions, please contact us at  OR our website for more information:

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Volunteer-Led Cleanups

These flexible volunteer opportunities are for all individuals and groups who want to clean litter and have a positive impact on their community. They are also great for organizations who are looking for a day of service project. We provide free supplies to anyone cleaning litter in a public space in Fort Worth. All ages and abilities welcome!

Log Cabin Village

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Nature Center & Refuge

Whether you enjoy being outdoors, learning more about the native plants and wildlife, sharing your love of nature with visitors of all ages, or caring for non-releasable education animals, we would love to find a way for you to make your mark at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Volunteer Opportunities

Neighborhood Services

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Andrew "Doc" Session Community Center


Andrew "Doc" Session Community Center

201 South Sylvania Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76111


Reports to:   Linda Beltram

                      Community Center Supervisor

Como Community Center


Como Community Center

4900 Horne Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107


Reports to:   Clara Kirby

                       Community Center Supervisor

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center


Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

5565 Truman Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76112


Reports to:   Paula Jackson

                      Community Center Supervisor

North Tri-Ethnic Community Center


North Tri-Ethnic Community Center

2950 Roosevelt Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76106


Reports to:   Arturo Mercado

                      Community Center Supervisor

Northside Community Center


Northside Community Center

1100 N.W. 18th Street

Fort Worth, TX 76164


Reports to:   Eric Lopez

                      Community Center Supervisor

Southside Community Center


Southside Community Center

959 East Rosedale Street

Fort Worth, TX 76104


Reports to:   Felicia Johnson

                      Community Center Supervisor

Worth Heights Community Center


Worth Heights Community Center

3551 New York Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76110


Reports to:   Deierdre Jimerson

                      Community Center Supervisor

Park and Recreation




Central District Operations


Central District Operations

2901 Crestline Road

Fort Worth, TX 76107


Diamond Hill Community Center

East District Park Operations


East District Park Operations

2300 Avenue H

Fort Worth, TX 76105

Fire Station Community Center

Greenbriar Community Center

Handley Meadowbrook Community Center

Highland Hills Community Center

Hillside Community Center

Mobile Recreation Program


Mobile Recreation Program

1601 Lipscomb Street

Fort Worth, TX 76104


Reports to:  

Sandra Medina

Program Coordinator

North District Park Operations


North District Park Operations

1700 Brennan Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76106

Park Research and Assessment


Casino Beach Park Sign

The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department is creating individual webpages for each of the 290+ parks in the city. We’d like to include history, natural features & iNaturalist info on each park’s webpage. We are seeking volunteers to help us with the following:


  • Research & compile history for specific parks (history of previous owners, location within community, archaeology of site, etc.)
  • Compile natural history information (flora, fauna, soils, geology, etc.)
  • Points of interest at each park
  • Continue adding iNat observations
  • Take quality photos of significant features of each park
  • A field component for assessing the park will be phase 2 of the program.


Registration & online training is required.

Reports to:
Michelle Villafranca

R.D. Evans Community Center

South District Park Operations


South District Park Operations

5199 James Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76115

Southwest Community Center

Sycamore Youth Athletic Center


Sycamore Youth Athletic Center

2525 East Rosedale Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76105


Thomas Place Community Center

Victory Forest Community Center


Victory Forest Community Center

3427 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth, TX 76110


Reports to:  

Peggy McCoy

Community Center Supervisor

Water Gardens


Water Gardens

1502 Commerce Street

Fort Worth, TX 76102


Reports to:  

David Shoffit - Asst Field Ops Supervisor                              

John Langevin - Gardener

West District Park Operations


West District Park Operations

7151 Calmont Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76116


Reports to:  

Doug Herron

Asst Field Ops Supervisor

Police Department - Citizens on Patrol

           Thank you for your interest in Citizens on Patrol (COP)

Citizens on Patrol volunteers act as additional "eyes and ears" for the Fort Worth Police Department, within neighborhoods. Citizens volunteer time to actively patrol their neighborhoods to watch for and report suspicious and/or criminal activity. They receive training involving vehicle, bicycle, and foot patrol and the use of their radio. Volunteers choose the days and times they wish to patrol and they adhere to no fixed schedule.  


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Police Department - Programas en Español

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Teen Court

Fort Worth Teen Court

Teen Court is a voluntary program that allows teens to perform community service and jury duty in lieu of paying fines for citations received from the City of Fort Worth. Successful completion of Teen Court results in dismissal of the citation and a clean record. Participants plead their case before a teen jury, the members of which then determine the appropriate community service hours to be performed within a three-month period.

Youth and adult volunteers are essential to the success of Teen Court. 

Youth volunteers are required to be 13 to 18 years old.  Youth can volunteers as jurors or teen attorneys.  Volunteering as a teen attorney or a juror is a great opportunity for young people to increase their knowledge of the judicial system, develop critical thinking, improve decision making skills and provide service to the community. All volunteer hours will be logged and can be applied toward college admission and scholarship requirements.

Adult volunteers will facilitate and monitor hearings and assist with paper work. Volunteers with experience or training in the judicial/legal field are needed to assist with training teen attorneys and to preside as judges for Teen Court hearings. 

Adult volunteers will see the positive impact the program has on teen volunteers and youth referred to the program. They will witness young people find their voice, develop confidence and learn the importance of being accountable for their actions. 

Teen Court meets on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 7:30pm at the A.D. Marshall Public Safety & Courts Building in Downtown Fort Worth.  We are able to accommodate volunteers looking for long term, short term and occasional opportunities.  Thank you for your interest in Teen Court. Hope to be working with you soon!


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Teen Court Judge

Volunteers who have an interest in judging teen court hearings are preferred to have training or experience in the judicial/legal field.  Judges will preside over the teen court hearings providing guidance to teen attorneys and jurors. 

**Adult volunteers opportunity





Tribunal Faciliator

Tribunals hearings consist of an adult facilitator and 3-6 member teen jury panel.  The participants pleads their case before the jury and the jury questions the participant.  The jury will decide the number of community service hours to be assigned.  Adult facilitators will maintain order during the hearing, encourage jury members to listen and ask questions, offer guidance when appropriate, complete teen court paperwork based on the outcome of the hearing. 

**Adult volunteers opportunity


Front Desk Clerk

The front desk clerk will be responsible for checking in participants, teen attorneys, jurors and adult volunteers. Front desk clerk will also check-out participants, ensure that they have all necessary paperwork and monitor participants in the waiting area. 

**Adult volunteer opportunity

Teen Attorney Trainer

Volunteers who have an interest in training teen attorneys are preferred to have training or experience in the judicial/legal field. Trainers will facilitate initial and on going training  for teen attorneys.  Trainers will also assist teen attorneys in preparing cases for hearings.  

**Adult volunteer opportunity


Jury Monitor / Floater

Jury Monitor/ floater volunteers will monitor teen attorneys during case preparation, call cases for hearings, review teen court forms with participants following hearings, assign jurors and facilitate jury deliberation.

**Adult volunteer opportunity