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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District

Kids Matter 2019 award winner Aline Moller
 

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  

*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, February 21st, 2020      Sweet Hearts               4 volunteers needed
                    Friday, March 20th, 2020          Luck of the Irish          4 volunteers needed
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540    Childcare Room  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
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.

Daddy Daughter Luau
When:        Saturday, Feb. 1st 2020  6 pm - 9:30 pm            6 volunteers spots available
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.  

Soccer Bag Assembly
When:        March 3rd, 4th or 5th time to be determined by volunteers
Where:       Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL

Who:          4-6 volunteers    this project should take about 2.5 hours with this group of people.  
What:        Volunteers will assemble the soccer bags with balls, cones, first aide kits etc.  This project is not physically demanding and be done by a small group of volunteers.  

Soccer Coaches Meeting
When:          Wednesday, March 11    4 pm to 7:30 pm 
                     Thursday, March 12        4 pm to 7:30 pm 
Where:         Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 
Who:            6-10 volunteers needed   ages 14 years to adult
What:            Volunteers will complete assembly of coaches bags, checking in coaches at the start of the meeting, handing out equipment to the coaches after the meeting, 
                      All volunteers  will participate in set-up and take down of the room after the meeting.  

Road Rally

When:        Saturday, April 18, 2020     3:30-7:30 pm         
Where:       TBD - 3 sites in Naperville that will be disclosed to volunteers.  
Who:           30 Volunteers needed.  16 years - adult, 14 year old volunteers will be accepted if accompanied by a parent.  Due to the design of the event no volunteers younger
                    will be permitted. 
What:         Volunteers will monitor games, handout clue to the next site, hole punch score cards, possibly set up and take down sites depending on the game, remove trash
                    from game site when the event if over.  One or more volunteers will be responsible for communicating with Program Manager regarding any problems during the 
                    event.  Each volunteer will need to have their own cell phone with them at the event, all volunteers will receive a Road Rally volunteer t shirt to keep.  Food and water 
                    will be delivered to each site for volunteers during the evening.  

Kite Fest
When:       Sunday, June 7th, 2020  
                 1st shift    9:30 am - 1 pm
                 2nd shift  1:00 pm - 4 pm
                 3rd shift   3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  Litter picking the area
Where:    Frontier Park,  3380 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville, IL 

Who:      15 volunteers per shift,   minimum age 16 years.  Younger volunteers can volunteer at 14 when accompanied by an adult volunteer.  Litter picking can be any 
              volunteers that would like to participate.  There is no minimum age other than 12 years old unless accompanied by an adult.  Great opportunity for scouts to 
             recieve conservation service hours.  Bags, will be provided.  
What:     Volunteers will supervise the inflatables to be sure that participants have wrist bands and take off their shoes.  Volunteers will help with the craft area, assisting
              participants have materials to complete the craft.

 


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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