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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

 

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, Dec. 13th   Gingerbread Hunt  FILLED
                   Friday, January 17th 2020   Winter Wonderland
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.

Family Bingo
When:      Thursday, Dec. 26th   11:30 am - 2:00 pm 
Where:     Alfred Rubin Center, Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville
Who:        2-4 volunteers ages 16 years and older
What:      This is a family bingo with a variety of ages attending.  Volunteers will help set up for the event, serve lunch and verify bingo cards.  
 

Celebrate at the Carillon
When:         Tuesday, Dec. 31st  5:15 pm - 6:15 pm (corrected date)
Where:        Carillon Tower, 441 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 
Who:            3 - 4 volunteers ages 14 years to adult
What:          Volunteers will serve hot chocolate, bells, glow sticks to guests outside during the event.  This event is outside and volunteers must dress warm with hats and gloves.  All volunteers are expected to participate in the clean up after the event.  

Magical Starlight Wizard of Oz
When:         Friday,     Jan 10         6;15 pm - 7:45 pm
                    Saturday, Jan 11         12:15 pm - 1:45 pm   1st shift
                    Saturday, Jan 11          5:15 pm - 6:45 pm    2nd shift
                    Sunday, Jan 12           11:45 am - 1:45 pm     
                    Friday, Jan 17             6:15 pm - 7:45 pm 
                    Saturday, Jan 18        12:15 pm - 1:45 pm   1st shift
                    Saturday, Jan 18         5;15 pm - 6:45 pm    2nd shift
                    Sunday, Jan 19           12:15 pm - 1:45 pm 
Where:       Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Av.e Naperville  Door #24
Who:         3 - 4 volunteers ages 14 years old to adult
What:         Volunteers will distribute pre-purchased tickets to guests.  Volunteers will be seated at tables in the lobby during the arrival of guests to distribute these tickets.  Please wear a nice white
                   shirt and black pants or skirt.  

Daddy Daughter Luau
When:        Saturday, Feb. 1st 2020  6 pm - 9:30 pm (subject to change)
Where:       Ranchview Elem. School, 1651 Ranchview Drive, Naperville IL
Who:         10-15 volunteers, ages 14 years to adult
What:         Volunteers will assit in setting up the event, checking in guests, activities during the event including serving food and drinks.  All volunteers are expected to help take down the decorations and 
                  clean up after the event.  

Volunteer Holiday Training

When;        Available upson request
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.  

Volunteer Opportunities Listed below this line are only available to volunteers that have taken the

Volunteer Holiday Training

Santa House          
When: Friday, Dec. 6th           1st shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm      FILLED
                                                2nd shift   6:15 pm  - 8:15 pm       1 spot available
            Saturday, Dec. 7th       1st shift    12:15 pm - 2:15 pm     1 spots available
                                                 2nd shift    2:15 pm  - 4:15 pm     1 spots available
                                                 3rd shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm     3 spots available
            Sunday, Dec. 8th         1st shift    12:15 pm - 2:15 pm      FILLED
                                                 2nd shift   2:15 pm  - 4:15 pm      2 spots available
                                                 3rd shift   4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm      FILLED
            Monday, Dec. 9th        1st shift    4:15 pm - 6:15 pm         FILLED                     PET NIGHT
                                                2 nd shift  6:15 pm - 8:15 pm        FILLED                      PET NIGHT
           Tuesday, Dec. 10th       1st Shift    4:15 pm - 6:15 pm       4 spots available      Military & First Responders Night
                                                2nd Shift   6:15 pm - 8:15 pm       3 spots available      Military & First Responders Night
           Friday, Dec. 13th          1st shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm      2 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   6:15 pm  - 8:15 pm      3 spots available
           Saturday, Dec. 14th      1st shift    12:15 pm - 2:30 pm     3 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   2:30 pm  - 4:30 pm     3 spots available
                                                 3rd shift    4:30 pm  - 7:00 pm      4 spots available
           Sunday, Dec. 15th        1st shift    12:15 pm - 2:30 pm     FILLED
                                                 2nd shift   2:30 pm  - 4:30 pm     4 spots available
                                                3rd shift    4:30 pm  - 7:00 pm      3 spots available
          Tuesday, Dec. 17th        1st shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm     4 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   6:15 pm  - 8:15 pm      4 spots available
          Wednesday, Dec 18th    1st shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm     4 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   6:15 pm  - 8:15 pm      4 spots available
           Thursday, Dec. 19th      1st shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm     FILLED
                                                 2nd shift   6:15 pm  - 8:15 pm      3 spots available
           Friday, Dec. 20th           1st shift    4:15 pm   - 6:15 pm     3 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   6:15 pm  - 8:15 pm      2 spots available
         Saturday, Dec. 21st        1st shift    12:15 pm - 2:30 pm      2 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   2:30 pm  - 4:30 pm      2 spots available
                                                 3rd shift    4:30 pm  - 7:00 pm      2 spots available
          Sunday, Dec. 22nd        1st shift    12:15 pm - 2:30 pm      1 spots available
                                                 2nd shift   2:30 pm  - 4:30 pm     1 spots available
                                                 3rd shift    4:30 pm  - 7:00 pm     1 spots available
Where:      Santa House on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Ave. and Webster Street.
Who:         Volunteers must be 14 years or older unless volunteering alongside of a parent.  All volunteers must have completed the Holiday Volunteer Training. 
What:        Volunteers welcome visitors to the Santa House, hand out information sheets to the parents as they arrive with their families.  Help tidy up the coloring area
                  answer questions about the photo opportunities inside.

Donuts with Santa  FILLED
When:      Saturday, Dec. 7th    7:45 AM  - 12 noon  
Where:     Alfred Rubin Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, Community Hall
Who:       10 volunteers needed ages 14 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist with games, crafts and food during the event.  All volunteers are expected to help with the take down of the decorations and clean up after the event. 
               Volunteers are asked to come dressed in their festive holiday wear.  Elf or Santa hats, headbands or ears are welcome.  Please wear comfortable shoes.  

Skating with Santa  FILLED
When:     Saturday, Dec. 7th  11:15 am to 1:00 pm   
Where:    Rocket Ice Rink, 180 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook, IL 
Who:       2 - 5 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
What:      Volunteers will assist with check in of the guests and the information table.  If a volunteer is a skater they can let us know and will assist Santa during the skate time. 

 


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.

Handbook
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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