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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.
 

Students (17 and under)




Adults (18 and up)

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All applicants  must  complete

Volunteer Opportunities  

*All questions regarding volunteer opportunities May 25 thru June 8 th should be directed to Joanne Adamson,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Centennial Beach Volunteers:
When:      Friday's   4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                  July 20,  FILLED
                  Sunday's 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
                  Monday's 4:00 - 6 p.m.
Where:     Centennial Beach, 500 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 
Who:        Two to three volunteers per shift, ages 14 years to adult
What:       Volunteers will help staff with general upkeep of the beach.  Volunteers will be required to wear the red volunteer t shirt each shift 
                  they attend.  Bring, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and a water bottle.  Volunteers must sign up for this opportunity with Lynnette Hoole
                  Volunteer Manager  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If volunteers are not registered they will not be able to volunteer.  

Carillon Ambassadors         
When:       July 24, 2018  6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
                  July 30, 2018
                  Aug, 7, 2018
                  Aug, 14, 2018
                  Aug, 21, 2018
Where:     Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave.  Naperville, IL.
Who:        One to three volunteers ages 16 years old to adult
What:       Volunteers will be initially trained with information about the tower, visitors center and the facility.  Volunteers will be required to wear
                  a volunteer t shirt that will be provided.  Comfortable shoes for standing during the evening and walking up the steps of the Carillon are 
                  strongly suggested. To volunteer for this opportunity you will need to select a minimum of three Tuesday's through the concert season
                  Volunteers will help with the set-up and take-down of the concerts as well as answer questions or direct the person asking the
                  question to the correct person to answer that question.   

Coaches Equipment Assembly  FILLED
When:     Tuesday, July 31,     1 - 3 p.m. 
                 Wednesday, Aug 1,  1 - 3 p.m.
Where:    Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
Who:       Two to three volunteers each day, 12 years to adult
What:     Volunteers will assemble bags for the upcoming soccer coaches meetings.  

Concerts In Your Parks & Rock the Hill    FILLED
When:        Sunday, July 22   6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Walnut Ridge Park, 2304 Keim Road, Naperville 
                   Sunday, July 29   6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Tall Grass Park, 3512 Grassmere Road, Naperville
                   Friday, Aug 3      6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Rotary Hill/Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave. Naperville 
Who:         Two to four volunteers 14 years old to adult
What:        Volunteers are required to wear the volunteer t shirt that will be supplied by the Park District to each concert.  Volunteers will help with
                   the sponsor tent, handing out raffle tickets, talk to the guests and answer questions. After the concert all volunteers will help with litter 
                   pick up and packing up the sponsor tent.  

Soccer Coaches Meeting
When:        Saturday, Aug 11, 2018  9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
                    Monday, Aug 13, 2018  6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
Who:          Saturday, Aug 11  seven volunteers ages 14 to adult
                    Monday, Aug 13   five volunteers ages 14 to adult
What:         Volunteers will help move boxes, set up materials for the meeting to be handed out to the coaches after the meeting.  Clean up and take down 
                    of the materials not taken after the meeting.  Lifting of no more than 30lbs is required.  

Jr. Tour D' Naperville  FILLED
When:       Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018  8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Where:      Commissioners Park, 3704 111th Street, Naperville, IL 
Who:         Twelve to sixteen volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:        Volunteers will assist with the set up of the event, be stationed at areas during the event handing out t shirts, refreshements to the participants, 
                   and then assist with the take down of the event.  Volunteers will be given t shirts to wear during the event and then keep as a souvenir.  Volunteers
                   should dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, bug repellent.  Community service hours will be handed out after each volunteer signs out. 

Rx for Nature Festival
When:        Sunday, Aug 12, 2018  
                   1st shift    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
                   2nd shift   1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where:       Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road.  Naperville IL 60565
Who:          One to two volunteers per shift ages 21 years and older
What:         Parking Lot Attendant
                   1. Direct visitors to available spots in the nature center lot.
                   2. Put up the FULL sign if the lot is full
                   3. When full, direct people down the street to the additional parking lot at McDonald Farm
                   4. Remove FULL sign when the lot has openings.
                   These volunteers should be ok with being outside even if it is hot, enjoy interacting with people and giving directions clearly.  It is important
                   that these volunteers dress for the weather, hats, sunscreen, bring a water bottle and comfortable shoes.   This is an opportunity to give back 
                   to the community, service hours will be signed off with Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager.       

Rx for Nature Festival   
When:        Sunday, Aug 12, 2018  
                   1st shift    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  (help with set up plus see below)
                   2nd shift   2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  (help with clean up plus see below)
Where:       Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road.  Naperville IL 60565
Who:          Four to six  volunteers per shift ages 16 years and older
What:          Assist with Children's Area activities:
                    -Bean bag toss
                    -Craft table
                    -Casting practice (with fishing poles)
                    -Obstacle Course
                    These volunteers should be ok with being outside even if it is hot, enjoy interacting with children and are able to  give directions clearly.  It is                                    important that these volunteers dress for the weather, hats, sunscreen, bring a water bottle, insect repellent and comfortable shoes.   This is an                                    opportunity to give back  to the community     

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment  FILLED
When:        Tuesday's @ 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
                   July 24, Frontier Park
Where:     There will be two locations:
                   Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville  (inside Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville)
                   Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville.  
Who:         Two to four volunteers ages 14 years to adult.
What:        This program is a six week series of children's entertainment and variety show starting at 11:30 a.m. on the dates
                   listed. CLHE volunteers will help greet the guests, assist in the show as needed.  Volunteers should be friendly, enjoy
                   young children and able to interact with them. This is an outdoor event so volunteers are asked to dress for the weather of 
                   the day.  Volunteer t shirts will be given to all volunteers for this event to be worn each Tuesday.  Volunteers must commit 
                   to a minimum of three of the dates listed.  

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.  

Bingo FILLED 
When:     Thursday's 12 noon to 2:45 p.m 
                                  July 19  
                                  Aug 2
                                  Aug 16  
Where:      Alfred Rubin Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville
Who:         Two to four volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:        Volunteers will help set up for the registered guests to arrive, help serve lunch, call bingo numbers, verify winners numbers.  All
                   volunteers will be expected to help clean up at the end.  

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. 


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. 


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

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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 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.
 
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