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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 required to fill out the online volunteer application.  Please follow these three steps.
1st step is to complete the student or adult application.  Hold your cursor over the 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.  Then return this form to the Volunteer Manager
3rd step email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your volunteer selection.  Include the name of the event, date and time of the shift you are requesting.
 

Students (17 and under)



Adults (18 and up)

 

All applicants  must  complete

Volunteer Opportunities  

Click here to go to the Earth Week Naperville Website - Volunteer Opportunities  

*All questions regarding volunteer opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  630-848-3606

Fort Hill Activity Center Kids' Night Out
When:        Friday's for the following dates, 4 - 6 volunteers should arrive by 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
                    unless otherwise noted.
               
Who:          Four to six volunteers unless otherwise noted.  Ages 14 to adult
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Centre, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
What:         Volunteers will assist staff with the activities planned for the young children. There are
                    aprons available for volunteers needing them.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register as a volunteer for this event.   

 

Soccer Equipment Return
When:        Saturday, June 1, 2019      1st shift   9:30 am - 12:30 pm
                                                              2nd shift 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Who:          Two volunteers ages 14 to adult or 12 years with an adult accompanying the volunteer
Where:       Fort HIll Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
What:         Volunteers will check in the coaches returning their equipment and then disassemble the bag.  The items removed from the bags will be placed
                   in tubs in the area the coaches are checked in.  If you are interested in helping with this volunteer opportunity please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kite Festival 
When:        Sunday, June 2nd 2019   1st shift      9:30 am  - 1 pm
                                                              2nd shift    1:00 pm  - 4 pm
Who:          Thirteen to fifteen volunteers per shift ages 14 years to adult
Where:        Frontier Park,  3380 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville
|What:         Volunteers will be outside during this festival.  Volunteers should dress for the weather.  Volunteers will supervise inflatables or assist with
                      When you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please let us know the shift and size t shirt you would prefer. To register as a volunteer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dance Academy Recital
When:       Saturday, June 1st 2019  8:30 am - 12:15 pm  Rehearsals  1st shift
                                                          12:15 pm - 3:30 pm   2nd shift
                  Sunday, June 2nd 2019  
                  1st shift  10:15 am - 11:30 am
                   2nd shift 1:15 pm  - 2:20 pm
                   3rd shift  4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Who:         Two to three volunteers (Saturday, June 1st)
                  Four to seven volunteers per shift.  . (Sunday, June 2nd)
Where:      Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 
What:        Volunteers are asked to wear black pants, white shirt and comfortable shoes.  Volunteers will have to climb stairs.
                   Volunteers wil usher guests to their seats and hand out programs

Dandelion Pull
When:     Wednesday, June 5th, 2019  6 pm-7:30 pm
Who:        All ages; great for schools, scouts, church groups, service  hours
Where:    Knoch Park, 724 S. West St., Naperville; parking lot on West St.
What:      Pull dandelions to compete for prizes; bring a pair of gloves. Learn about the new tools available for extracting dandelions in your own yard.  
                This event is a great example of how the we practice sustainability in our parks.
How:       To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This event does count towards community service hours.

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment
When:         Tuesday's at 11 am - 12:30pm 
                              June 11th   Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
                              June 18th   River Walk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville 
                              June 25th   Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
                              July 9th      Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville
                              July 16th    Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
                              July 23rd    Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville
Who:          Two volunteers ages 14 years to adult
Where:       Please see the schedule above, this volunteer opportunity is at alternating locations. 
What:         Volunteers will greet guests as they arrive, assist the performers as needed.  Typically this is handing items out to the guests and 
                    then gathering them back at the end of the performance.  Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing and enjoy children.  When you have
                    selected this volunteer opportunity email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your three dates and the size t shirt you will need.  The t shirts
                    are provided and required that you wear them for each date that you are there as a volunteer. To register as a volunteer for the event This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                            
Natural Area Volunteers - Trailmasters
When:        Biweekly starting March  8:30 a.m. to  11:00 a.m. running through November 2019
                    occasional weekends could be requested.  
Who:          Adult volunteer ages 18 years and older.  
Where:       Riverwalk natural areas
What:         All volunteers will learn to identify a variety of
                    native and invasive plant material.  Assist with removing invasive species to restore the woods to a diverse, native ecosystem. 
                    These volunteers will have the possibility of directing other volunteers as needed.  All volunteers will be supplied with training
                    and tools for this volunteer program.  To register as a volunteer for this opportunity This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Litter Picking
When:      This project is ongoing and can be scheduled to fit your availability
Where:     Various locations in our parks 
                  Carol Acres
                  Hobson West Ponds
                  Wildflower Park
Who:         Individuals, groups all ages are welcome
What:       Volunteers will be supplied with a map of the park, bags for the litter, plastic gloves and directions on how to litter pick in the 
                  location.  Service hours are posted to your volunteer profile and are good for service hours and conservations hours typically.  
                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send Lynnette Hoole to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 


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 Manager Lynnette Hoole can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630-848-3606 to provide proof of hours or signature for proof of hours.

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Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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.

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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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