Halloween Volunteers

Water station volunteers during the 5K!

Water Station 1 volunteers

Making new friends at Halloween Happenings

Halloween Volunteers

Directing traffic at Turkey Creek Car Show

Turkey Creek Car Show Volunteers

Help with refreshments at Party in YOUR Park!

Party in Your Park Volunteers

Transporting guests at Turkey Creek Festival.

Turkey Creek Festival Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping the city in which you LIVE and PLAY. You are helping us to make Merriam “JUST RIGHT!

Volunteers serve a vital role for our community. Service to others is a win-win for everyone.

 The benefits of volunteering include:

  • Make new friends
  • Learn valuable skills
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Provides a sense of purpose
  • Counteracts effects of stress, anger and anxiety
  • Fun and fulfillment to life

Community Special Events

Community events is a great way to meet new people, provide one-time or project-orientated support be creative and help fulfill the City of Merriam Parks and Recreation Department mission to to enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors. You will also find that volunteering sometimes includes a hidden bonus or two!

Event opportunities include:


Duties and responsibilities are highly flexible and involve ensuring the safety and enjoyment of guests on event days.  

Volunteer Application

Boards and Commissions

Appointments to Merriam's Boards and Commissions are recommended by the mayor and confirmed by the council. Citizens appointed to these boards receive no monetary compensation and their services and interest in the development of our city is a valuable contribution to the continued progress of Merriam.

Interested in serving?

Boards and Commissions Application

Park Clean Ups

Maintaining a park takes a team and is an ongoing task.  Spend an hour or a an afternoon beautifying a city park.  This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for the entire family teaching the value of giving back to the community.  

Tasks include picking up trash and debris that has collected in landscape beds, along fence rows, in waterways / ditches.

The Parks and Recreation Department will provide safety vests and trash bags - you provide the labor.

Call 913-322-5550 or email to coordinate a clean-up.

Recycle Events

Participating in these events is a great way to get involved and make a difference in keeping items out of landfills and help the environment!  

  • Recycling Event  (1st weekend in May; 8 - 11am)
    • Recycling event assistants help collect and load paint onto pallets and help direct traffic to various other stations as part of the event.


  • Paint Sorting Event (the week after recycling event in May;  8 a.m. -12 p.m. & 12:30-4 p.m. time slots accommodate up to 6 people)
    • Help process latex paint collected.


Closed toe shoes and clothing that may get messy are required.  Must be 18+ years of age able to lift 5 gallons of paint and be on your feet for both positions.

Call 913-322-5500 or email for more information.



Volunteer Application