Getting Involved in Your Neighborhood

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Your Participation Makes a Difference!

Volunteering and participating can be a challenging and rewarding experience. There are many ways to participate in serving the community. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, there are many efforts and events going on in the City. 

Attending community meetings, City Advisory and City Council meetings is another way to be involved.  Your first-hand knowledge of your neighborhood can help us understand what works and what needs improvement. Your input is valuable and is key to making effective programming and policies.

Here are a few ways you can get involved!

Community Connections for brief stories, events happening in Chula Vista and important City telephone numbers.

Attend a Meeting Relevant to Your Neighborhood

Attend an Event

Check out our City Calendar for a fun event, meeting or other activities going on around town.

Passport Fairs

If you're making fall travel plans, make sure your Passport is up-to-date or give yourself time to get one. The Otay Ranch Branch Library is sponsoring three Passport Fairs to help you on your way. Stop by the library on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m or visit the Otay Ranch or Civic Center Libraries during regular Passport hours.

Movie Nights in the Parks

Free movies are planned in the month of August as part of the City's Recreation Department Movie Nights in the Parks. Held at various City parks, there are fun recreation activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the free movie begins at dusk. Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks and neighbors to these family oriented events! Saturday, August 12, A Dog's Purpose, Norman Park, 270 F Street; Saturday, August 19, Beauty & the Beast, Otay Park, 1613 Albany Avenue; Friday, August 25, Jungle Book, Montevalle Park, 840 Duncan Ranch Road; and Saturday, August 26, Moana, Heritage Park, 1381 East Palomar Street.

Music in the Park Sundays

Free Music in the Park presentation with Rachel Aldous and the Road House. This sing-along, toe-tapping group entertains with bluegrass, Americana and folk music that everyone will enjoy. Sunday, August 13 from 4 to 5 p.m., partake in free recreation activities followed by the concert from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park, 1381 East Palomar Street.

Ahoy Mate!

Join the fun at the Caribbean Treasure Hunt held at Norman Park Senior Center at 270 F Street on Wednesday, August 16. There will be a tropical treasure hunt around the center and a delicious lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Pirate gear is encouraged but not required. Fee is $5 for Chula Vista residents and $6 for non-residents.

Library's Smart City Open House

On Wednesday, August 16, the Civic Center Branch Library, along with SDG&E, and the Chula Vista Elementary School District will unveil its new Smart City look in the basement corridor near the Innovation Station. From 4 to 6 p.m. guests can see the new artwork and hands-on energy efficiency activities. New features include large-scale (up to 7 feet high) graphic novel/comic book themed artwork, flooring and hydration stations. This artwork gives tips on ways businesses and residents can be energy efficient and there is even a selfie station with the iconic Third Avenue sign.

Orange Crate Derby

This year marks the 38th annual Orange Crate Derby, sponsored by the Chula Vista Sunrise and Sunset Rotaries, on Sunday, August 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids ages 7-14 will race in home-built, wooden gravity powered cars along Rancho Del Rey Parkway between Terra Nova Drive and Del Rey Boulevard. Practice will take place the day prior and spectators are welcome to both.

Compost Give-Away

The next free compost event is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. This is a load-your-own event, while supplies last, is held at the Otay Landfill, 1700 Maxwell Road. Be sure to bring buckets, containers, shovels and tarps to haul away the compost and be ready to show proof of Chula Vista residency. One load per household. For more information, please call (619) 691-5122.

Labor Day Holiday

All City offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, September 4, in honor of Labor Day. Trash pick-up in the City will be delayed one day. Those having service on Monday, will have pick-up on Tuesday, and so forth for the week. Enjoy this "last holiday of summer" with you family and friends!

Participate in a City-Sponsored Leadership Programs


  • Chula Vista Police DepartmentVolunteer
  • Chula Vista Library Afterschool Homework Monitors
    The Chula Vista Library needs afterschool homework help monitors at all branches, any day of the week. This is a great
    opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours and for residents to get involved by lending a helping hand. Please contact the branch you are interested in working at or apply online at
  • Princess Project Prom Dress Drive    
    September- South Chula Vista Branch Library
    The Chula Vista Library is conducting a dress drive and giveaway in cooperation with the Princess Project organization
    for local teens who can't afford a dress for Homecoming dances. Donate your new or gently worn prom dress to the
    South Chula Vista Branch Library, 389 Orange Avenue during regular library hours. We will need (female) volunteers
    to assist the girls in selecting, coordinating, and fitting. For South Library events, contact the Branch Manager Debbie
    Taylor at 585-5772.
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