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Park District Holiday Volunteer Training Webinar Available Nov. 20

Listen from home to prepare for volunteering at Santa House and other events

As Santa House enters its 18th year, the Park District once again is offering an easy way for prospective volunteers to prepare to serve as Santa’s elves: a training webinar (approximately 45 minutes long) that can be viewed from home at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20.

Interested volunteers may request the webinar invitation by emailing Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who are not able to participate in the webinar at 7:00 p.m. on November 20 may email Lynnette to request a copy of the training materials, which will be sent after the webinar has concluded. Those who view the live webinar will be able to choose their preferred volunteer shifts immediately following the webinar.

Volunteers ages 15 to adult are needed for Santa House, presented by Woody Buick GMC, November 30-December 22, Skating with Santa on December 7, and Donuts with Santa on December 7. Prospective volunteers may sign up for these events at after they have completed the training, either via the live webinar or through training materials sent by email.

The training webinar will provide details about each of the holiday volunteer opportunities, how to complete the volunteer forms, what to expect and information about other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers who complete the training, including answering the questions at the end, will receive one hour of community service.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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