About This Series

Volunteer opportunities vary. Some are re-occurring, some are individual-day events, and others are a part of a larger community celebration.

We've detailed a few events here and all volunteer activities will be listed as an event below. To sign-up to participate please complete the online form and a representative from downtown will be in contact.

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Spring Clean Week

Downtown Spokane is looking for teams to volunteer cleaning up emphasis areas in downtown during Spring Clean Week, an annual event with the goal of spreading the word that downtown is for everyone, and we should all take part in making it beautiful.

Register as an individual or team to participate in a daily emphasis volunteer activity cleaning up downtown between 11:30am and 1:30pm April 19 through 23. Supplies and assignments will be available at the downtown Spokane office at 10 N Post #400.

Spring Clean Week is presented with support from Republic Services.

  • Monday: Clean up Sidewalk Litter
  • Tuesday: Clean up parking lots and paint over graffiti
  • Wednesday: Help clean-up downtown alleys
  • Thursday: Get sidewalk planters ready for spring planting and clear out other green spaces.
  • Friday: Help assemble and decorate items for downtown alley event spaces. Teams encouraged, lunch included.

Spring Planting

Help plant 150+ sidewalk planters in the downtown core as a team or individual. Number of planters in planting zones vary. First come first served.

  • May 12, Noon: Volunteers needed 4, Monroe Street, Mallon
  • May 18, 1:00pm:  Volunteers needed 8, Riverside and 1st Ave
  • May 19, Noon: Volunteers needed 14, Main Ave, Riverside Ave, Sprague Ave, Wall Street, Howard Street

First Friday Hospitality Team

  • When: The Tuesday immediately prior to First Friday.
  • Where: Participating First Friday Venues
  • What: Deliver First Friday walking guides and posters to participating venues. Check  in and make sure that venues needs are met and network among local art supporters.

Volunteers should have an interest in art, be available mid-afternoon and have the ability to walk for longer distances around downtown Spokane.

Crescent Window Display Refurbishment

  • When: Saturday / Sundays in September and October
  • Where: To be determined
  • What: Help bring the tradition of holidays displays back to life in downtown Spokane! The Crescent Window Displays returned for the 2018 holiday season and a whole new set of found figurines need to be prepared to delight families again in 2019.

Volunteers needed: If you have experience working with small motors, backdrops, set design or with fabrics and costuming, please indicate an interest in volunteering to refurbish displays. A downtown representative will reach out with specific tasks.

Past Events

  • Thursday, Jan 28 / 5:30pm

    Paws on Patrol Monthly Meet-up

    Please join Paws on Patrol downtown!

    Combine crime fighting and getting to know your neighborhood and neighbors with walking your dog – it’s free and it’s easy right here in downtown Spokane.

    Paws on Patrol meet up on the last Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. by the big Riverfront Park sign at the north end of Howard Street. You don’t have to register or sign up for the first walk or two – just show up WITH your dog.

    Paws on Patrol is a COPS program that aims to make dog walkers more aware of their neighborhood as they are out on their regular daily walks. Chances are you meet many of the same people and you know what’s ordinary for your street – and what’s out of the ordinary. Think of it as Neighborhood Observation Patrol on four legs.

    Please mask up and maintain proper COVID safe distance, bring dog doodoo bags and gloves for yourself, and a garbage bag if you want to help pick up litter.

    By joining Paws on Patrol, you help create and maintain a safe and livable downtown Spokane. Once you’ve done a few walks, please contact COPS at 509.625.3302 to sign up and become an official volunteer.

    Questions? Email Riversideneighborhoodnews@gmail.com

    This is a program of the Riverside Neighborhood Council.

    2021 scheduled meetups are rain or shine on January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27 and June 24 at 5:30 p.m. Sunday meetups may be scheduled if there is any interest.