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Volunteers Make a Difference!

From the Freedom Four to youth soccer, the Glen Ellyn Park District relies on volunteers to make many of its programs and events successful. Becoming a Glen Ellyn Park District volunteer has its benefits. You can get outdoors, make new friends, enhance work and life experiences, and most of all…have FUN doing it! If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community, please consider volunteering with the Park District!


Get Started on Giving Back

Glen Ellyn Park District volunteers are essential to the success of our programs. Any amount of time that you can give is greatly appreciated. Please be advised a completed Volunteer Application is required and a background check may be performed for volunteer positions and some positions have age requirements. Sign up for our Volunteer Email List to receive our quarterly newsletter on volunteer opportunities with the Park District.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities


  • Restoration Work Days (Year-Round)

    Help restore your neighborhood natural areas! Join us any of these mornings to help clear invasive plants, clean-up trash, plant native plants and seeds, maintain trails and more. This is a great opportunity for families and service groups to give back to their community. Geared for ages 5+. View the Restoration Work Days schedule.


  • Volunteer Photographers (Year-Round)

    Help showcase everything Glen Ellyn has to offer! Take photos of our events, parks, trails, sports fields and recreation programs. Photos are always needed for use in our program brochure, websites and in promotional materials. Must be over the age of 18. Please contact cokray@gepark.org for details.


  • Earth Day (April)

    Volunteers (ages 14+) will setup/cleanup, sell rain barrels, rent canoes, and help with children’s activities.

    Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Rd.)
    Sign Up By: April 17, 2020
    Contact: Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org


  • Gone Fishin’ Derby (June)

    2-4 volunteers (ages 14+) are needed to help with setup/cleanup, event check-in, and general event activities. Volunteers asked to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to have fun with the event!

    Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
    Time: 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Rd.)
    Contact: Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org


  • Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta (June)

    5-10 volunteers (ages 14+) are needed to help with setup/cleanup, collecting/moving oars and life jackets. Volunteers will be given t-shirts to wear and are asked to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to have fun with the event!

    Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Rd.)
    Contact: Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org


  • Youth Cheerleading Coaches (July-December)

    Coaches (ages 21+) are needed to lead cheer practices and aid in the creation of a competition routine. Head coaches will be aided by Junior Coaches in the formation of this routine.

    Dates: July 1 to December 5, 2020
    Locations: District 87 Schools; Ackerman SFC (800 St. Charles Rd.)
    Sign Up By: April 1, 2020
    Contact: Christine Hartnett at chartnett@gepark.org


  • Glow in the Park Lantern Walk (September)

    5-10 volunteers (ages 14+) are needed to help with setup/cleanup, bounce houses, lantern crafts, and general event activities. Volunteers will be given t-shirts to wear and are asked to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to have fun with the event!

    Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Rd.)
    Contact: Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org


  • Boo Bash (October)

    3-10 volunteers (ages 21+) are needed to help with setup/cleanup, and dress as costumed characters along the Trick-or-Treat trail. Volunteers will be provided with a costume for the event but are asked to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, love kids, and willing to have fun with the event!

    Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020  (we might need to discuss this date…per JR)
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Maryknoll Park (845 Pershing Ave.)
    Contact: Taylor Stirmell at tstirmell@gepark.org


  • Pumpkin Flotilla Fest (October)

    5-10 volunteers (ages 14+) are needed to help with setup/cleanup, bounce houses, crafts, games and general event activities. Volunteers will be given t-shirts to wear and are asked to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to have fun with the event!

    Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
    Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Rd.)
    Contact: Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org


  • Youth Basketball Coaches (Jan-Mar 2020)

    Coaches (ages 18+) are needed to lead 1st-8th grade teams in practices and manage game play. All volunteers will be provided t-shirts to wear. Training and practice plans will be provided.

    Dates: January 6, 2020 – March 21, 2020
    Location: Ackerman SFC (800 St. Charles Rd.)
    Sign Up By: December 1, 2019
    Contact: Brad Thomas at bthomas@gepark.org