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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

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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 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.  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.
 

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All applicants  must  complete

Volunteer Opportunities  

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

Planting a Pollinator Station 
When:        Saturday, September 29th   8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Who:          10-20 volunteers ages 12 years to adult.  Children 12 - 13 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
Where:       Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 West Street, Naperville, IL
What:         Volunteers will help plant trees, shrubs plugs and seeds for a pollinator grant awarded to be used at the Garden Plots.  All supplies and
                    tools will be provided to use during this event.  To volunteer for this event please contact Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager 
                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All abilities and interest are welcome. 

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.
                    September 21, 2018 -  Superhero Day
                    October 26, 2018 -  Spooktacular
                    November 16, 2018 - Gobble Gobble Fun
                    December 21, 2018 - Gingerbread Hunt
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.  
 

Ghost Stories in the Park 
When:      Friday, Oct 5th     6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
                  Saturday, Oct 6th 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
                  Sunday, Oct 7th   6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where:     Centennial Park, Grand Pavilion  912 Sindt Court, Naperville
Who:        2-3 volunteers, ages 14 years to adult
What:       Volunteers will help setup/take down scenery, for the show.  After the show volunteers will serve guests cider and cookies.  
                  Please dress for the weather accordingly as the show is outside.  Volunteers have the opportunity to enjoy the show and
                  have volunteer service hours.  If interested please contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for this opportunity. 

Creep Critters Day
When:      Monday, October 8th  
                 1st shift  9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
                 2nd shift 12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
Where:    Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
Who:       4-8 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
What:      Help set up/take down the for the day.  There will be snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlers, not all volunteers will be asked
                 to handle these.  It should be noted that they will be close proximity.  Please dress for the weather.  If interested please contact
                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to sign up for this opportunity.  
             
Halloween Happening

When:       Sunday, October 28th    11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where:      Centennial Park, Grand Pavilion,  912 Sindt Court, Naperville
Who:         125-150 volunteers  ages 12 years to adult
What:        Volunteers are asked to come dressed in a costume appropriate for young ages.  This is a great opportunity for volunteers to be with 
                   friends as they set up the game and run the game for the young children. Volunteers are responsible for taking apart the game and 
                   returning the games to the volunteer check in/out.  Candy and small prizes are provided for volunteers to give to
                   the young children.  Pizza is served to all volunteers after the event.  Volunteers will have a signed proof of hours at the end of the day. 

Pumpkin Smash
When:        Saturday, Nov. 3   9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:       Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 S. West. Street, Naperville
Who:          9-12 volunteers ages 12 years to adult, 16 years old to volunteer without an adult
What:         Volunteers will set up the event to receive pumpkins/jack o lanterns from participants.  Pumpkins must be checked for decorations and candles
                    left and then removed for composting.  This is a great event for scouts to participate in with adult supervision.  Volunteers will learn about local 
                    initiative to compost pumpkins.  Light refreshments will be served. 
 

Holiday Volunteer Training
When:       Wednesday, Nov. 7th  7 to 8 p.m.
Where:      On line!  From the comfort of your own home
Who:         All volunteers looking for holiday volunteer opportunities
What:        Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for this online training.  Volunteer participating in this will have the first options of hour's
                   dates, and holiday volunteer opportunities.  One hour of service is logged for each volunteer participating in this training.  Volunteer opportunities
                   that require this training, Skating with Santa, Santa House, Donuts with Santa and Magical Ice Cream Social.

Magical Ice Cream Social
When:        Friday, Nov. 9th  4:15 p.,m. - 7 p.m.
Where:       Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL  Upper level, Community Hall
Who:          6 - 10 volunteers ages 15 years to adult
What:         Volunteers for this event will set up for the event.  Serve ice cream to guests, run games during the event and clean up after the event. 
                    Volunteers need to be able to complete all assigned tasks with a smile and positive attitued.  Volunteers are asked to dress for the holiday, 
                     Shoes should be comfortable enough for more than an hour of standing. To volunteer for this event must have completed the
                     Holiday Volunteer Training.

Donuts with Santa
When:        Saturday, Dec. 8th   7:45 a.m. - 12 noon
Where:       Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL  Upper level, Community Hall
Who:          6 - 10 volunteers ages 15 years to adult
What:         Volunteers for this event will set up for the event.  Serve donuts to guests, run games during the event and clean up after the event. 
                    Volunteers need to be able to complete all assigned tasks with a smile and positive attitued.  Volunteers are asked to dress for the holiday, 
                    Shoes should be comfortable enough for more than an hour of standing. To volunteer for this event must have completed the
                    Holiday Volunteer Training.  

Tarzan  Magical Starlight Theater Production
When:    Jan 11   6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
                Jan 12  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
                            5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
                Jan 13  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
                Jan 18  6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
                Jan 19  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
                            5:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
                Jan 20   12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Where:   Naperville Central High School Auditorium, Corner of West and Aurora Ave. Naperville
Who:      3-4 volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist in the seating of guests with handing out tickets.  Volunteers are asked to wear black pants and a white shirt for this event.  

Natural Area Volunteers - Trailmasters
When:        Biweekly starting NOW  8:30 a.m. to  11:00 a.m. running through November 2018
                    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. 

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.  
                  Contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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