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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Volunteer Opportunities

Document Shred Event    FILLED
When:      Saturday, April 21,   7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Where:     Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
Who:        Six to eight volunteers    ages 16 years to adult
What:       Assist visitors with traffic flow, and unloading boxes/bags from cars.  
                  Four volunteers to unload from the cars  (able to lift 25 lbs)
                  Four volunteers to direct traffic
                  These volunteers will need to be able to work independently and efficiently.  Please dress for the weather and 
                  wear clothes that can get dirty.  Be a part of Earth Day and not have to dig in the dirt.

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.
                     April, 20, 2018 - April Showers  FILLED
                     May 18, 2018 - School's Out
                     September 21, 2018 - TBD
                     October 19, 2018 - TBD
                     November 16, 2018 - TBD
                     December 2018 - TBD
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:
When:      Thursday, May 3, 2018     12 noon to 2:45 p.m.
Where:    Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. 
Who:       Three volunteers
What:      Volunteers will assist in serving lunch to the guests.  Verify bingo numbers, call 
                 the bingo numbers.  Volunteers will be able to assist seniors with any needs
                 during the program.  All volunteers help with clean up at the end of the program.
                 Outgoing and friendly volunteers are a good match for this event.   

Baseball Coaches Meeting
When:      Friday, May 4, 2018        6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
                 Saturday, May 5, 2018    1st Shift   8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
                                                         2nd Shift 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                Sunday May 6, 2018        9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
Where:     Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville.  Time TBD
Who:        Four to six volunteers, ages 14 to adult
What:       Volunteers will move and stage materials needed for coaches to pick up after the meeting.  Volunteers will line up 
                 bags, T shirts, hats etc.  There will be time for a break during the meeting. This is before the time they will pick up the
                 materials needed for the season and leave the building.  Friday is going to be setting up for the meeting in the, lifting unpacking and 
                 organizing the materials for the next day.  

Dance Academy Recital Volunteers Needed
When:      Sunday, May 20, 2018  1st Shift    10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  
                                                       2nd Shift   1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
                                                       3rd Shift    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Who:        Nine to ten volunteers ages 14 years to adult
Where:     North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL
What:       Volunteers will welcome parents/students, collect show tickets, directing dancers backstage, handing out Recital programs.
                  Please wear black pants, white shirt and comfortable shoes.    

Dance Academy Rehearsal
When:      Thursday, May 17, 2018    3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Who:        Three to four volunteers ages 14 years old to adult
Where:     North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL
What:       Volunteers will welcome and give directions to dancers and parents.  Volunteers are asked to wear black pants, white shirt and 
                  comfortable shoes.   

Natural Area Volunteers - Trailmasters
When:        Biweekly starting NOW  8:00 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:         Volunteers should be able to life up to 50 lbs.  All volunteers will learn to identify a variety of
                    native and invasive plant material.  Assist with planting native plants, garbage and litter pick up
                    and monitor during prescribed burns.  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. 

Kite Festival 2018
When:      Sunday, June 3 2018   8 a.m. to 1 p.m.          1st shift
                                                   12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.    2nd shift
Where:     Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville, IL
Who:        Thirteen to fifteen volunteers ages 16 years to adult
What:       Volunteers will be provided a T shirt to wear during the event.  All volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather.
                 This event is outside there for sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are encouraged.  Volunteers will assist with the set-up of the
                 event,  supervise inflatables, and supervise children on and around the fire truck and other entertainment for the day. 

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment
When:     Tuesday's @ 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
                  June 12, Riverwalk Grand Pavilion
                  June 19, Frontier Park off of Book Road
                  June 26, Riverwalk Grand Pavilion
                  July 10, Frontier Park
                  July 17, Riverwalk Grand Pavilion
                  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.  


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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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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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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