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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
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
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.


Youth Volleyball Coaches
Dates: March 4, 2019 – May 14, 2019
Where: Churchill School (240 Geneva Rd, Glen Ellyn) & Ackerman SFC (800 St. Charles Rd, Glen Ellyn)
Who: Volunteers age 18 and up
What: Coaches needed to assist 4th-8th grade teams in practices and manage game play. Volleyball trainers will be onsite to run practices with the aid of team coach. All volunteers will be provided t-shirts to wear.
Sign Up By: February 20, 2019
Contact: Please contact Christine Hartnett at chartnett@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Eggs-trordinary Egg Hunt
When: Friday, April 19, 2019 from 8am-11:45am
Where: Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn
Who: 4-8 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers will help with setup/cleanup, event check-in, and general activities. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to have fun with the event!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Earth Day
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 12pm-4pm
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd., Glen Ellyn
Who: Volunteers age 14 and up
What: Volunteers will setup/cleanup, sell rain barrels, rent canoes, and help with children’s activities.
Sign Up By: April 14, 2019
Contact: Please contact Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Touch-A-Truck
When: Saturday May 4 from 9:30am-1:30pm
Where: Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn
Who: 3-5 volunteers ages 18 and up
What: Volunteers will help with setup/cleanup, help regulate long lines, and monitor inflatables/attractions. 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 friendly.
Contact: Please contact Jessica Marquez at jmarquez@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


DuPage River Sweep
When: Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9am-12pm
Where: Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, on St. Charles Road east of Swift Road, Glen Ellyn/Lombard border.
Who: Best for age 5 and up
What: Help remove trash from along the banks of the East Branch of the DuPage River. Last year we covered about two miles of shoreline. More details will be provided to those who register.
Sign Up By: May 10, 2019
Contact: Please contact Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Gone Fishin’ Derby
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 7am-10:30am
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: 3-5 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers will 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!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 9:30am-3pm
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: 5-10 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers will 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!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Freedom Four™ 4-Mile Run
When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 6:30am-8:30am
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: 4-6 volunteers ages 18 and over
What: Volunteers are needed as course marshals to direct participants along the race route.
Contact: Please contact Ryan Miller at rmiller@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Youth Cheerleading Coaches
Dates: July 1, 2019 – December 7, 2019
Where: District 87 Schools; Ackerman SFC (800 St. Charles Rd, Glen Ellyn)
Who: Volunteers age 21 and up
What: Coaches 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.
Sign Up By: April 1, 2019
Contact: Please contact Christine Hartnett at chartnett@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Family Fun Night
When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 5pm-8:30pm
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: 3-5 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers will help with setup/cleanup, concessions, bounce houses, 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!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Glow in the Park Lantern Walk
When: Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4pm-8:30pm
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: 5-10 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers will 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!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Lakers Fall Classic Soccer Tournament
When: September 27,2019 – September 39, 2019
Where: Ackerman Park, 800 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: Volunteers age 16 and up
What: Various positions including registration check-in, concessions, field marshal, parking, set-up, clean-up. All volunteers will be provided t-shirts to wear. Closed toe shoes are required.
Contact: Please contact Brad Thomas at bthomas@gepark.org for more details.


Boo Bash
When:Saturday, October 12 from 8:30am-12pm
Where: Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn
Who: 3-10 volunteers ages 12 to adult
What: Volunteers will 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!
Contact: Please contact Jessica Marquez at jmarquez@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Pumpkin Flotilla Fest
When: Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 3pm-7:30pm
Where: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
Who: 5-10 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers will 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!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Polar Express 2019
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 and/or Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 12:45pm-3:30pm and/or 4:45pm-7:30pm each day
Where: Glen Ellyn Metra Station (South Platform), Glen Ellyn
Who: 4-6 volunteers ages 14 to adult
What: Volunteers are needed to dress as holiday characters, sing carols, entertain riders. Volunteers will be given t-shirts or costumes to wear and are asked to dress for the weather. Volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to have fun with the event and participants!
Contact: Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.


Youth Basketball Coaches (2020 Season)
Dates: January 6, 2020 – March 21, 2020
Where: Ackerman SFC (800 St. Charles Rd, Glen Ellyn)
Who: Volunteers age 18 and up
What: Coaches 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.
Sign Up By: November 1, 2019
Contact: Please contact Christine Hartnett at chartnett@gepark.org for more details or to sign up.