Volunteer Tyler is the City of Tyler program to engage volunteers in municipal government.  In celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, Volunteer Tyler has scheduled some activities to honor those who freely give their time to City departments.


The City has more than 200 volunteers serving in 28 different departments. Volunteer Tyler encourages participants to use their talents and skills to make Tyler’s community a better place to live, work and visit. Volunteer opportunities include internships, vehicle services, museum docent, clerical work, special event assistance, recycling coordinator and much, much more. This program contributes to the City’s mission for transparency in local government by providing citizens the opportunity to take part in a department’s daily activities and events.


To kick off Volunteer Week, volunteers attended a “Breakfast with the Council” on Wednesday, April 11 before the City Council Meeting.  In addition, Mayor Heines issued a proclamation declaring it City of Tyler Volunteer Week. Two volunteers were honored with Shining Star awards: JoAnn Bright received the award for first quarter of 2018, and Mindy Lyon was the award winner for second quarter.


“We celebrate citizens who volunteer for the City and help us provide the very best service,” said ReNissa Wade, Managing Director of Administration.


Volunteer Tyler is also celebrating at a number of venues throughout the week to promote its many volunteer opportunities. They will have a table at UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College on Monday and Wednesday.  More tabling events include the Tyler Senior Center and Caldwell Zoo on Thursday and Saturday.