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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. 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 online volunteer application. Please follow these two steps,
 1st step is to complete 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, complete and sign the background check form for the DCFS and return to the Volunteer Coordinator. 

Students (17 and under) 


Adults (18 and up) 
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All applicants  must  complete 


We will then contact you to confirm your interest and assignment
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 Fall and Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Bingo     
When:     
                 Thursday, Dec. 15th      12:00 - 2:45 p.m.
                 Wednesday, Dec. 28th  11:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Family Bingo and Pizza
Where:      Alfred Rubin Center, Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL.
Who:        2-3 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 as requested by the Bingo Coordinator.

Gingerbread Wonderland
When:        Friday, December 2nd,  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
Who:          Six to nine volunteers,  ages 14 to adult
What:         Assist in setting up and working the children to decorate a gingerbread house.  Volunteers are asked to wear a Naperville Park District volunteer t shirt.  If you do not have a t shirt one will be provided at the event.  


Skating with Santa  FILLED
When:    Saturday, December 3, 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Where:   180 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook IL
Who:      Five-seven volunteers, ages 14 and up
What:     One volunteer will check in participants, two volunteers will work the refreshment table and two volunteers will wear costumes and skate with the participants helping participants onto the ice from the observation area. Two additional elves will skate with Santa and help the children in attendance.  All volunteers should dress warm and in layers; gloves are necessary.  

Santa House
When:      Friday, December 2,             3:45  -  6:00 p.m. 
                 Saturday, December 3,        11:45 - 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
                 Sunday, December 4,          11:45  - 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
                 Friday, December 9,             6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
                 Saturday, December 10,      FILLED
                 Sunday, December 11,         FILLED
                 Monday, December 12,        FILLED (Pet Night)
                Tuesday, December 13,        4:45  -  8:30 p.m. (Military & First Responders Night)
                Wednesday, December 14,   3:45  -  6:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
                Thursday, December 15,       3:45  -  6:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
                Friday, December 16,            3:45  -  6:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
                Saturday, December 17,       11:45 - 3:00 p.m. or 3:00  - 6:30 p.m.
                Sunday, December 18,         11:45 - 3:00 p.m. or 3:00  - 6:30 p.m.
                Monday, December 19,          6:00  - 8:30 p.m.
                Tuesday, December 20,         3:45 -  6:00 p.m. or 6:00  - 8:30 p.m.
                Wednesday, December 21,    3:45 -  6:00 p.m. or 6:00  - 8:30 p.m.
                Thursday, December 22,        FILLED
                Friday, December 23,             FILLED
Where:   At Santa House located at the intersection of Webster Street and Jackson Ave. on the Riverwalk, Naperville, IL.
Who:      Four volunteers per shift, ages 14 and up. Volunteers ages 12-13 may participate if accompanied by a parent.
What:     Volunteers must participate in the Holiday Volunteer Training on November 17 via webinar. Volunteers are asked to wear an apron provided for them while they are volunteering. One volunteer will count guests as they arrive, others will answer questions and help hand out sponsor materials if needed.  All are considered Santa's Helpers and detailed responsibilities will be explained during the training.

Donuts with Santa
When:       Saturday, December 10th,  8:15 a.m.  to 12 noon
Where:      Alfred Rubin Community Center, Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL
Who:         Six to ten volunteers, ages 15 to adult
What:        Volunteers will assist with games, crafts and food.  Volunteers need to be able to ineract with children, be able to focus and be enthusiatic about the event.  Volunteers are encourage to wear holiday sweaters or festive clothing.  

Candy Cane Express
When:       Friday, December 16th,  5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
Who:         Six to ten volunteers ages 14 to adult
What:        Volunteers will assist in setting up the event, interacting with guest to ensure a wonderful event for all. Tasks will be serving refreshments, crafts, and playing games.   Volunteers are encouraged to wear festive holiday wear.  

Family Bingo & Pizza
When:     Wednesday, December 28th    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where:    Alfred Rubin Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL
Who:       two to three volunteers, ages 14 to adult.
What:      Volunteers will assist with set up, possibly call the bingo numbers, verify the bingo winning numbers, assist with prize choices, help serve pizza and assist with clean up.

Winter Art Camp AM FILLED
When:   Tuesday thru Friday, December 27th thru 30th, 2016   8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Where:    Knoch Knoll Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knoll Road, Naperville, IL
Who:       One to two volunteers ages 16 to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist naturalist with the camp and hike. Volunteers should dress for being outside and in the weather of the day. Volunteers interested in this camp should plan on volunteering for the complete camp.

Winter Art Camp PM
When:     Tuesday thru Friday, December 27th thru 30th   12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:    Knoch Knoll Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knoll Road, Naperville, IL
Who:       One to two volunteers ages 16 to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist naturalist with the camp and hike. Volunteers should dress for being outside and in the weather of the day. Volunteers interested in this camp should plan on volunteering for the complete camp. 

 

Countdown at the Carillon
When:
     Saturday, December 31st  5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where:     Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower & Visitor Center, 443 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL. 
Who:        Three to four volunteers, ages 14 to adult
What:       Volunteers will serve guests hot chocolate outside the visitors center.  Please dress warm, this event is outside.  Volunteers participating in this event will be credited with 2.5 hours of service.  

Winter Animals Camp AM
When:     Monday thru Thursday, January 2nd thru 5th 2017     8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Where:    Knoch Knoll Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knoll Road, Naperville, IL
Who:       One to two volunteers ages 16 to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist naturalist with the camp and hike. Volunteers should dress for being outside and in the weather of the day. Volunteers interested in this camp should plan on volunteering for the complete camp.

Winter Animals Camp PM
When:     Monday thru Thursday, January 2nd thru 5th, 2017    12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:    Knoch Knoll Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knoll Road, Naperville, IL
Who:       One to two volunteers ages 16 to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist naturalist with the camp and hike. Volunteers should dress for being outside and in the weather of the day. Volunteers interested in this camp should plan on volunteering for the complete camp. 
 

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 adopt.

Eagle Scout and Gold Award 
Scouts interested in Boy Scout Eagle Scout and Girl Scouts Gold Award should contact Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Coordinator for an interview to discuss your ideas for the Naperville Park District. Please come prepared with your initial idea, time frame and interests to discuss. 

Volunteer Coordinator Lynnette Hoole can be reached at lhoole@napervilleparks.org or 630-848-3606


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