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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

Carter Mead and the outdoor kitchen/storage box he has made for the Seager Park preschool.


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.


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 send Lynnette Hoole to find out more about this ongoing opportunity. 

Kids' Parents Night Out    
When:        Friday,  Oct 25th    6 - 9 pm
                   Friday, Nov 15th
                   Friday, Dec. 13th
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540    Childcare Room
Who:         3-4 volunteers per night  ages 13 years to adult (12 year old volunteers are welcome if accompanied by an adult)
What:        Volunteers will be with the young children, playing in the tubes, doing activities, and playing games. Please dress comfortable
                  and wear socks.  To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soccer Equipment Return
When:       Saturday, October 26, 2019   
                   1st shift;   9 am - 11:30 am
                   2nd shift;  11:30 am - 2 pm 
                   3rd shift;   2 pm - 4:30 pm
Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville IL 
Who:         Two volunteers per shift, ages 14 years to adult unless they are volunteering alongside a parent.  
What:        Volunteers will be seated at a table to receive the bags from the coaches.  They will disassemble the bags and put the items back into storage.  Volunteers
                   will be met by staff who will show them how to do this each shift.  If the volunteer has the red volunteer t shirt we would like them to wear it but this is not necessary.   
                   To volunteer for this opportunity, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the shift you would like.  ​​​​​​ 

Halloween Happening

When:       Sunday October 27th, 2019    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where:      Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 
Who:         100 - 150 volunteers ages 14 years to adult (12 years old can volunteer with a parent)
What:        Volunteers will enjoy an afternoon of running the games for the young children, handing out candy.  Volunteers are encouraged to come dressed
                  in appropriate costumes for the afternoon.  If you decided to not come in costume then you are encouraged to come in your school spirit wear. 
                  Volunteers will leave with proof of hours and a coupon to Lou's for a personal size pizza at the end of the day.  To volunteer for this please email
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Pumpkin Smash
When:
         
Saturday, November 2nd 2019  8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where:        Ron Ory Community Garden Plots 811 S. West. Street, Naperville, IL 
Who:           12 - 18 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
What:          Volunteers will help carry pumpkins from the vehicles to the tables to be inspected and weighed, direct traffic flow.  These volunteers should enjoy
                    being outside in all weather conditions, willing to help people and have an interest in the environment.  The composting of these pumpkins is 
                    helping to conserve water and nutrients to the soil.   Please contact Lynnette Hoole for information regarding helping with this service project. 
                    To volunteer for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  with the day and times you are available for this volunteer service.

Volunteer Holiday Training
When;        Wednesday, Nov 20th, 2019   7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Where:       On line from the comfort of your own phone or computer
Who:          All volunteers hoping to be a volunteer during the holidays
What:         This is an online volunteer training, there will be descriptions of the volunteer holiday opportunities.  Insight to signing up for an event, what to expect
                   at the event.  How to be prepared for the park district volunteer opportunities. How to get proof of hours for holiday volunteer hours.
                    All holiday events require volunteers take this training,  Those unable to be part of the online training, will have the opportunity to take the training via
                    email.  Those taking the training online will get first chance to request volunteer events, hours, shifts.  To sign up for this training please email
                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and if you would be taking htis online or via email.  

 


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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Application

 
 

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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