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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

 

 

Serve your community with your time and talents! The Naperville Park District relies on many different kinds of volunteers throughout the year to make its programs and events successful. We need receptionists for our senior adult programs, special event helpers, coaches for youth sports, and more. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community, please consider volunteering with us.

Volunteering with the Park District is a great way to meet and socialize with others, share your expertise, help fellow community members - and have fun!

Please access our Volunteer Handbook for complete information on our programs.
Naperville Park District Volunteer Handbook
 

How to volunteer:

Prospective volunteers are asked to fill out our new online volunteer application. Please follow these  two steps,
    1st step is to fill out the student or adult application. Hold your cursor over the word application below in the next paragraph, then click to open the portal. 

    2nd step is to print off and fill out the background check form for the DCFS and return to the Volunteer Coordinator. Hold your cursor over the word authorization in the next paragraph and then click to open the page. 

Students (17 and under) should complete the


Adults (18 and up) should complete the
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All applicants  must  fill out the


We will then contact you to confirm your interest and assignment
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Take the Parks Volunteer Training course


Summer and Fall Volunteer Opportunities
 

Production Assistant Volunteer
When:         October 2015 thru January 2016
                    Tuesday's      6-10 pm
                    Wednesday's 6-10 pm
                    Sunday's       12-6 pm
Where:        Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center and Naperville Central High School
Who:           1 volunteer ages 16 to adult
What:          This volunteer will serve as an assistant to the Director of the productions at the auditions, rehearsals and performances.  This volunteer must be comfortable interacting with children and parents.  Knowledge of or the ability to learn the operation of a production audition, rehearsal, performance and post performance is necessary.  This volunteer must be present for the eight performances the weekends of January 15-17, 2016, January 22-24, 2016.

Nature Center Front Desk Volunteer
When:       Saturday's     9 am to 12 pm
                                       12 pm to 3 pm
                  Sunday's       12 pm to 3 pm
Where:      Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL
Who:         1  volunteer per shift, ages 18 years and older 
What:        Volunteers will work the front desk while staff are onsite conducting programs and/or developing programs.  Duties include greeting and interacting with nature center visitors, keep track of visitor numbers and providing basic information in person and on the telephone. An interest in the outdoors and nature is preferred.  Volunteers will be provided with a volunteer t shirt. Training is provided and an interview is required.  

Bingo
When:       Friday,  Sept 11th      12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Friday,  Sept 25th      12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Friday,  Oct 9th          12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Mon,     Oct. 12th        11:30 am - 1:30 pm  Family Bingo (Columbus Day)
                  Friday,  Oct 23rd        12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Friday,  Nov. 6th         12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Friday,  Nov. 20th       12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Friday,  Dec 4th          12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Friday,  Dec 18th        12:40 - 2:40 pm
                  Mon,     Dec 28th        11:40 am - 1:40 pm  Grandparent/Grandchild Bingo
Where:     Alfred Rubin Center, Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL.
Who:        2 volunteers per shift, ages 16 to adult.  All volunteers may be interviewed for this opportunity before starting as a Bingo volunteer.  Skills for these volunteers cannot be determined online.  Volunteers must commit for a minimum of 2 dates.
What:       Volunteers will help serve lunch, replenish drinks, assist with consolation prize basket, clean up after the event and other tasks requested by the Bingo Coordinator. To help with this event please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carillon Ambassador
When:     Year round to start immediately 1-2 hours per week.
                Currently Tuesday's 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where:    Carillon Tower, Riverwalk, Naperville, IL
Who:       4-10 volunteers ages 18 years to adult
What:      These ambassadors will support the Carillon operations and events through the year by communication with the visitors and presentations to groups visiting the Carillon.  The Carillon Ambassadors will have a training specific to this volunteer opportunity.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole @ 630-848-3606 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

Golf Course Divot Repair
When & Where: 1st Monday of each month 8:30 am to 10:30 am
                              Naperbrook Golf Course 22204 Hassert Road, Plainfield, IL
                             ( Sept 7th, Oct 5th, Nov 2nd)

                             2nd Monday of each month 8 am to 10 am  
                             Springbrook Golf Course 2220 W. 83rd St. Naperville, IL 
                            ( Sept 14th, Oct 12th, Nov 9th)
Who:         2-10 volunteers ages 12 to adult (groups welcomed)
What:        Volunteers are given a mixture of soil, seed and sand to drop in divots to help repair spots left from the golfers.  No bending, lifting or fast paced walking is required for this volunteer help. This is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a beautiful setting and helping the community at the same time.  This is great for all ages, come out and give it a try.  Volunteers can select one day or several days, it is necessary to register for this event 2 days before the date you would like to participate. Volunteers should commit to a  minimum of 2 dates.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Family Camp Out
When:             Saturday, Sept 12th 
                        1st shift:     3:30 - 6:30 pm
                        2nd shift:   6:30 - 9:30 pm
                        Sunday, Sept 13th
                        7 am to 10 am
Where:           Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL. 
Who:              3 volunteer per shift ages 14 to adult
What:             Saturday volunteers will assist with check in, help set up/clean up of the dinner, drinks, check out games, nets, etc. encourage/play, interaction with the children while parents are setting up tents, assist with any hikes, campfire activities and other duties as needed.  Sunday volunteers will help set up/clean up breakfast, assist with hike, and families taking down tents and checking back in any materials that were used by camping families.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help with this family activity.

Halloween Happening Set Painting and Repairs
When:           Saturday, September 19th  (rain date Saturday, Sept 26th)
                     8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where:         Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville, IL
Who:            Artists and sturdy strong volunteers ages 15 to adult
What:           This morning will be dedicated to repairing and painting the sets used for Halloween Happening.  We need handyman, healthy strong volunteer and people who can paint sets.  Some art experience would be welcomed in repainting these sets. The people who are helping with the repairs should be available in the morning and the artist/painters will be working until the 12:30 end.  Please come out and help with the back scene prep of this very fun event.   

     

 Family Camp Out
When:             Saturday, Sept 26th 
                       1st shift:     3:30 - 6:30 pm
                       2nd shift:   6:30 - 9:30 pm

                        Sunday, Sept 27th
                        7 am to 10 am
Where:           Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL. 
Who:              3 volunteer per shift ages 14 to adult
What:             Saturday volunteers will assist with check in, help set up/clean up of the dinner, drinks, check out games, nets, etc. encourage/play, interaction with the children while parents are setting up tents, assist with any hikes, campfire activities and other duties as needed.  Sunday volunteers will help set up/clean up breakfast, assist with hike, and families taking down tents and checking back in any materials that were used by camping families.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help with this family activity.  

Ghost Stories in the Park in the Dark - Don Gingold
When:       Friday, October 2nd           6 pm to 9:30 pm
                  Saturday, October 3rd       5:00 pm to 7:30 pm   1st show
                                                            7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   2nd show
                 Sunday, October 4th           6 pm to 9:30 pm
                 Friday, October 9th             6 pm to 9:30 pm
                 Saturday, October 10th       5 pm to 7:30 pm       1st show
                                                             7:30 pm to 9:30 pm  2nd show
                 Sunday, October 11th         5 pm to 7:30 pm
Where:    Riverwalk Grand Pavilion,  500 W. Jackson Ave.  Naperville, IL 60540
Who:       1-2 volunteers ages 15 to adult
What:     Volunteers are asked to help setup/take down scenery for the show, help serve refreshments after the show and assist as needed during the event.   Volunteers should take special care to dress for the weather, all of the shows will take place outside.

Garden Plot End of the Season Gleaning
When:     Tuesday, October 13th   8:30 am to 12 noon  (Rain date is Wednesday, Oct. 14th)
Where:    Ron Ory Community Garden, 811 S. West Street, Naperville, IL
Who:       10-50 volunteers all ability and ages are welcomed.

What:      Help gather all produce left in the garden plots after the season and donate to the local food bank Loaves and Fishes.  Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather.  Bring tools and buckets for your own use, some tools like shovels, buckets and wheel barrows will be available.  Volunteers can come for an hour or the whole morning.  All volunteers are welcomed, if you are interested in this event please contact Lynnette Hoole by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Halloween Happening
When:    Sunday, October 25th  11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where:   Naperville  Riverwalk Grand Pavilion (located west of Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave.)
Who:      150 volunteers ages 12 to adult
What:      Volunteers are asked to come in costume, all costumes should be suitable for young ages.  Volunteers will set up simple games for the guests, run the games, hand out candy and then clean up the game and return the unused candy.  Some volunteers might be asked to help hand out bags or take surveys.  Volunteers will be able to get necessary signatures for school at the end of this event or they can take a proof of hours letter with them. Pizza and soda will be available for volunteers at the end of the event between 4 and 4:30 pm.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer for this event. All volunteers must have filled out the volunteer application (available at  the top of this page) and the DCFS form (available at the top of this page)

Questions? or if you have an event you would like to volunteer for please contact Lynnette Hoole by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 630-848-3606.

 

Adopt A Park, Adopt a Trail and Adopt a Field:

Our adopt programs have been developed by the Naperville Park District to recruit and train residents and business community members who wish to assist in the general care and maintenance of parks and park amenities by selecting a specific location to care for.


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