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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)


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 


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.
                    March 15, 2019 Luck of the Irish   FILLED
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.    

Soccer Bag Assembly
When:         Monday, Feb 18th  10:00 am - 12 noon
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL.
Who:          Four volunteers per day, ages 14 years to adult
What:         These volunteers will help assemble soccer bags for the upcoming spring season.  Training and supervision will be provide the day of.

Soccer Coaches Meetings
When:        Sunday, March 10th       10 am - 12 noon         1st shift
                                                           12 noon - 4 pm           2nd shift
                   Monday, March 11th       6 pm - 8 pm               3rd shift
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
Who:         5 volunteers per shift, ages 14 to adult or ages 12/13 with parent volunteer
What:        1st shift:  Volunteers will set up for the meetings, move soccer bags, t shirts etc. 
                   2nd shift: Volunteers will monitor area and hand out bags to volunteer coaches after program presentation. 
                   3rd shift: Volunteers will monitor area and hand out bags to volunteer coaches and clean up at the end. 

Senior Bingo
WHEN:    Thursday, Feb 21, 2019  12:00-2:45 p.m.   FILLED
                 Thursday, Mar 7, 2019   12:00-2:45 p.m.   FILLED
                 Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 12:00-2:45 p.m.   FILLED
Where:    Alfred Rubin Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL   Community Hall (upper level)
Who:       2-3 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist in the set up of the event, assist in serving at the lunch buffet and refilling the drink cart for participants.  During the 
                 Bingo volunteers will call the numbers, verify winning cards and monitor the prize table.  All volunteers will assist in the clean up. 

The Big Shred Event
When:       Saturday, April 27, 2019  7:30 am - 11:30 am
Who:         10-20 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, parking lot
What:        Volunteers must be able to life 20 lbs at a time.  Volunteers must be able to communicate clearly in english.  Volunteers will help unload the items
                   t o be shredded from the vehicles, some will direct traffic in the parking lot.  All volunteers will be issued yellow safety vests to wear during this
                   volunteer event.  Volunteers should dress for the weather, this will go in all weather and bring your own gloves.  Be part of the Earth Day Naperville
                   and get service/conservation hours.  This is a great opportunity for scouts and families interested in the Earth Day events. To register for this
                   event please email Lynnette Hoole @ 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. 

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

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.


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.

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, Promote Positive Human Interactions
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