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Volunteer with the Naperville Park District


At this time, the District’s 136 parks remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to enjoy some fresh air, a walk and some overall wellness, provided visitors practice social distancing and do not gather in groups.  For Naperville Park District program and facility updates relative to the coronavirus situation, please visit napervilleparks.org/coronavirus.

While organized  volunteer opportunities are limited, we encourage our residents to support Earth Day by collecting litter in their neighborhoods and nearby areas, again, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.  Join us in helping to clean and beautify our community! Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’ve done to celebrate Earth Day with your family by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville. Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefit all of us.  "Working together while staying apart"

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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 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.
                      

                                      Holiday Volunteer Training
When:
                  Started Wed, Nov 17th - Ongoing through the holiday season
Where:                Online Training  
Who:                    Anyone over the age of 14 years old that is interesting in volunteering for a holiday volunteer opportunity. 
What:                  To get the Holiday Volunteer Training you must have on file a current volunteer applicaiton, and DCFS form.  This must be on file BEFORE the training will be
                              sent.the power point training will be sent with questions that will be sent back to Volunteer Manager, Lynnette Hoole.  This is meant to be indvidual training
                               not a group training. There is 1 hour of service credit for all answer sheets returned by the deadline. To recieve the training information 
                               email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; put RSVP in the subject line and Holiday Training in the body of the email.  Be sure the email address is
                               the address you want the training to come.                 

                                              Kids' Night OUT            
When:                 Friday, December 17th              5:30 pm - 9 pm   FILLED
                             
Friday, Jan 21, 2022                    5:30 pm - 9 pm     Winter Wonderland
                             Friday, Feb 11, 2022                   5:30 pm - 9 pm  Sweet Hearts
                             Friday, March 18, 2022               5:30 pm - 9 pm  Luck of the Irish
Where:                Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL. 
Who:                    3-4 Volunteers (September & November) 6-8 volunteers ( October & December) will help with activities with the children. Volunteers must be at least
                             14 years old to volunteer.
What:                  Climbing through the tubes, crafts, games are some of the possible activities.  Volunteers will assist with checking in the children and clean up after the event. 

                                               Santa's Workshop
When:                  Wednesday, Dec 1       4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift   FILLED
                                                                   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  2nd shift   FILLED
                            Thursday, Dec 2           4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   1st shift  FILLED
                                                                   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift  FILLED
                            Friday, Dec. 3                 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm  1st shift   FILLED
                                                                   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift  1 opening available
                            Saturday Dec 4             11:30 am - 2:30 pm  1st shift    2 openings available
                                                                   2:30 pm - 5:30 pm  2nd shift   2 openings available
                                                                   5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 3rd shift     1 opening available
                             Sunday, Dec 5             11:30 am - 2:30 pm 1st shift    1 opening available 
                                                                   2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2nd shift  FILLED
                                                                   5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 3rd shift  FILLED

                             Monday, Dec 6            4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift   2 openings available
                                                                   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 2nd shift  3 openings available
                            Tuesday, Dec 7            4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift    2 openings available
                                                                  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 2nd shift  2 openings available
                           Wednesday, Dec 8       4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift    3 openings available
                                                                  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  2nd shift   3 openings available
                            Thursday, Dec 9          4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   1st shift   4 openings available
                                                                 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift  3 openings available
                            Friday, Dec. 10           4:30 pm - 6:30 pm  1st shift  1 opening available
                                                                6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift  2 openings available

                          Saturday Dec  11         11:30 am - 2:30 pm  1st shift   3 openings available
                                                               2:30 pm - 5:30 pm  2nd shift   1 openings available
                                                               5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 3rd shift     4 openings available
                          Sunday, Dec 12          11:30 am - 2:30 pm 1st shift     2 openings available
                                                              2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2nd shift    FILLED
                                                              5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 3rd shift     4 openings available

                            Monday, Dec 13        4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift   FILLED
                                                                6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 2nd shift  FILLED
                            Tuesday, Dec 14        4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift    3 openings available
                                                                6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 2nd shift  3 openings available
                        Wednesday, Dec 15     4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift      2 openings available
                                                               6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  2nd shift  3 openings available
                         Thursday, Dec 16         4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   1st shift   3 openings available
                                                               6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift  3 openings available
                            Friday, Dec. 17          4:30 pm - 6:30 pm  1st shift    4 openings available
                                                              6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift  4 openings available
                         Saturday Dec 18         11:30 am - 2:30 pm  1st shift    3 openings available
                                                             2:30 pm - 5:30 pm  2nd shift   2 openings available
                                                             5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 3rd shift   4 openings available
                         Sunday, Dec 19        11:30 am - 2:30 pm 1st shift    2 openings available
                                                            2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2nd shift   4 openings available
                                                            5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 3rd shift   4 openings available
                         Monday, Dec 20        4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift    4 openings available
                                                            6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 2nd shift  4 openings available
                       Tuesday, Dec 21         4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift   1 opening available
                                                            6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 2nd shift  3 openings available
                      Wednesday, Dec 22    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 1st shift    2 openings available
                                                           6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  2nd shift   3 openings available
                       Thursday, Dec 23       4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   1st shift     4 openings available
                                                           6:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2nd shift   4 openings available
                      
Where:                 Riverwalk Cafe, also known as Santa's Workshop, 441 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL (the bottom of Rotary Hill)
Who:                     2-4 Volunteers per shift.  Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer, no exceptions. 
What:                    Volunteers will assist with checking in families for their scheduled visits with Santa, answer questions, and assist families with photo ops when asked. 
                                Greet families and introduce them to Santa. Volunteers must be outgoing, friendly and able to engage with guests.  Training is required for this volunteer
                                opportunity.  All volunteers must have required paperwork completed before taking the training.  Required paperwork is a volunteer application on line
                               completed, DCFS form completed and on file.   

                                                       Donuts with Santa   
When:                   Saturday, Dec. 4th 2021  8:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Where:                  Alfred Rubin Community Center, 305 w. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL  Community Hall
Who:                     12-15 volunteers needed  ages 15 years to adult
What:                     Volunteers are asked to come with a festive attitude to work with children of all ages. Dress appropriately for the holidays, comfortable shoes are strongly
                               suggested. Volunteers will be on their feet the entire event and moving.  Volunteers will assist with the event by running games, serving food and assisting
                               guests with whatever is needed. All volunteers will have an opportunity to have a special photo with Santa at the end of the event. Proof of hours will be
                               given at the end of the event or volunteer sheets signed from volunteers' service clubs.   To volunteer for this event please contact Lynnette Hoole
                                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-848-3606             

                                                      Family Bingo
When:                    Wednesday, Dec 22  1 pm - 2:30 pm 
Where:                  Alfred Rubin Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville Community Hall
Who:                      1 - 2 volunteers needed ages  14 years to adult     
What:                    Volunteers will help with checking in guests, distributing bags to guests, calling numbers, verifing numbers, distributing consolation prizes, working the
                                prize table and clean up at the end of the event.            

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

 

 To volunteer, email Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Manager, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the date(s) you are interested in volunteering.


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 Manager 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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Your contribution will help Naperville residents in need enjoy the benefits of recreation programs.

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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