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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

Garden Plots Gleaning!

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At this time, the District’s 136 parks remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to enjoy some fresh air, a walk and some overall wellness, provided visitors practice social distancing and do not gather in groups.  For Naperville Park District program and facility updates relative to the coronavirus situation, please visit napervilleparks.org/coronavirus.

While organized  volunteer opportunities are limited, we encourage our residents to support Earth Day by collecting litter in their neighborhoods and nearby areas, again, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.  Join us in helping to clean and beautify our community! Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’ve done to celebrate Earth Day with your family by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville. Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefit all of us.  "Working together while staying apart"

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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 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  

 

 

*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.

 

                             

                                     Youth Athletic First Aid Safety Kit Assembly
When:               Friday, Sept 17th                        Various two hour time slots between 8 am to 5 pm 
Where:              Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
Who:                 1-4 volunteers, 14 years to adult
What:                Volunteers will assemble kits for the coming season.  Social distancing is available to these volunteers, safety mask are required.  Volunteers may come dress for comfort.  Proof of service hours is 
                          Available to be signed at the end of this event for those asking for signatures.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

                               Annual Community Garden Plot Gleaning
When:              Tuesday, Oct 12th  8 am - 12 noon
Where:             Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 West Street, Naperville, IL 
Who:                All volunteers are welcome.  All ages and abilities,  please be sure to sign up at least 24 hours before the 12th of October with Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager at
                         the Naperville Park District   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 630-848-3606
What:               Volunteers will glean all plots and produce will be donated to Loaves and Fishes.  Volunteers are needed to gather garden plot stakes, items left in the plots by the gardeners,
                         sort produce as it is delivered to the sorting area and loaded into baskets for transportation to Loaves and Fishes. 

                                      Kids' Night OUT
When:              Friday, September 17th               6 pm - 9 pm  FILLED
                         Friday, October 22nd                   6 pm - 9 pm   1 spot available
                         Friday, November 19th                6 pm - 9 pm   FILLED
                         Friday, December 17th                6 pm - 9 pm   FILLED
Where:             Fort Hill Activity Center,  20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL. 
Who:                3-4 Volunteers (September & November)  6-8 volunteers ( October & December) will help with activities with the children. Volunteers must be at least
                         14 years old to volunteer.
What:               Climbing through the tubes, crafts, games are  some of the possible acitivities.  Volunteers will assist with checking in the children and clean up after the event. 

                                              Litter Picking      
When:            This project is ongoing and can be scheduled to fit your availability 
Where:           Various locations in our parks 
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 contact Lynnette Hoole to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 

 

 To volunteer, email Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the date(s) you are interested in volunteering.


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 Manager 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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Your contribution will help Naperville residents in need enjoy the benefits of recreation programs.

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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