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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 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.
                    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.  
           

Santa House
When: 
                 Tuesday, Dec. 11       3:45 pm  -   6:15 pm         Military & First Responders   FILLED
                 Friday, Dec 14           4:45 pm -    6:30 pm         2 volunteers needed
                                                    6:15 pm  -   8:15 pm         2 volunteers needed
                Saturday, Dec. 15      11:45 am  -   3:00 pm        1 volunteers needed
                                                    2:45 pm  -  6:15 pm          3 volunteers needed
                 Sunday, Dec. 16       11:45 am  -  3:00 pm         NO volunteers needed  FILLED
                                                   2:45 pm -   6:15 pm          3 volunteer needed   
                 Tuesday, Dec. 18      3:45 pm -   6:15 pm         2 volunteers needed
                                                   6:00 pm -   8:15 pm          2 volunteers needed
               Wed, Dec. 19                3:45 pm  -  6:15 pm        3 volunteers needed
                                                    6:00 pm -   8:15 pm         NO volunteers needed FILLED
                Thursday, Dec. 20      3:45 pm  -  6:15 pm         3 volunteers needed
                                                    6:00 pm  -  8:15 pm         NO volunteer needed  FILLED
                  Friday, Dec. 21        3:45 pm  -  6:15 pm          3 volunteers needed
                                                   6:00 pm -   8:15 pm          2 volunteers needed
                 Saturday, Dec. 22     11:45 am -  3:00 pm        2 volunteers needed
                                                    2:45 pm -  6:15 pm         NO volunteers needed FILLED
                  Sunday, Dec. 23      11:45 am -  3:00 pm        1 volunteer needed
                                                    2:45 pm - 6:15 pm          4 volunteers needed
Where:      Santa House, on the Riverwalk at Webster and Jackson Ave. Naperville
Who:         Four to five volunteers per shift,  ages to volunteer without a parent is 14 to adult.  Volunteers 12-13 years
                  can volunteer with a parent.  All volunteers must complete the Holiday Volunteer Training. 
What:        Volunteers will be outside the in the waiting area.  Counting guests, answering questions.  
                 

Countdown at the Carillon
When:       December, 31, 2018  Monday  5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where:      Carillon, 443 W. Aurora Ave. Naperville
Who:         Three to four volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:         Volunteers will hand out items to the guests and greet attendees.  Volunteers to dress warm, this event is outdoors.  This is a great opportunity
                   to get service hours and still have time to celebrate the New Year with your friends.  

Tarzan  Magical Starlight Theatre Production
When:    Jan 11   6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  FILLED
                Jan 12  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. FILLED
                            5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.   
                Jan 13  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. FILLED
                Jan 18  6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
                Jan 19  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
                            5:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
                Jan 20   12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  FILLED
Where:   Naperville Central High School Auditorium, Corner of West and Aurora Ave. Naperville
Who:      3-4 volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist in the seating of guests with handing out tickets.  Volunteers are asked to wear black pants and a white shirt for this event.  

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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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.

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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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