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FALL/WINTER 2015 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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ONE-DAY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Community Gardening
Schedule a day, March-October
Grow closer to local food! Community Gardening grows both plants and community. Since 1984, the Parks and Recreation Department has offered community gardening opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. A favorite venue of volunteer groups, the gardens benefit from a number of service projects throughout the year.
Duties: Volunteers assist the staff in maintaining paths, turning compost, weeding, and harvesting as well as creating and maintaining ornamental, wildlife, and demonstration plantings.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Willie Streeter or Butler Park Community Gardens
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Groups of 5-25
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Volunteer to Maintain our Natural Spaces
Schedule a Day, March-November
Help maintain and restore some of Bloomington's most scenic natural areas. Many group volunteer projects are available throughout the Bloomington community. Help is needed in the parks listed below.
Duties: Staff will work with your group or organization to formulate a work plan. Duties may include applying wood chips or gravel to paths, removing invasive plant species, trimming obstructive vegetation, or re-routing trails.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, Wapehani Mountain Bike Park, RCA Park, Winslow Woods Park, and Bryan Park.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Groups of 5-25
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Drool in the Pool
Wednesday, August 12
Thursday, August 13
Mills Pool is closed for humans, but is open for two more days of swimming for our canine friends. The first evening features dog paddling fun and a jumping contest. The second evening is filled with a variety of entertaining contests, giveaways, and more swimming. Various pet-related businesses and organizations will be on hand during the second night only. Dog guards are on duty to supervise any dogs gone wild but are not expected to get into the pool.
Duties: Don't let the dog days of summer get you down. Assist with doggie giveaways and contests and become a dog lifeguard! Help give our four-legged friends two days to relax at the pool!
Program Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Mills Pool, 1100 W. 14th St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5 per evening
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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, August 12
Bloomington Parks and Recreation opened Ferguson Dog Park, a park specifically for dogs and their owners, in fall 2012. Our goal is to offer a safe and environmentally clean green space at the park. Periodic maintenance and upkeep is needed to ensure a sustainable park for the future.
Duties: Several landscaped areas enhance the aesthetics of the dog park and help address potential environmental hazards associated with maintaining the park. Volunteers learn more about the proactive work being done by our natural resources area and help maintain the native plant areas.
Program Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Ferguson Dog Park, 4300 N. Stone Mill Road
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up (Children under age 12 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 5-30
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Junk in the Trunk
Saturday, August 22
The Junk in the Trunk community rummage sale is recycling and treasure hunting all at the same time! There is plenty of room outside the Frank Southern Ice Arena for many different vendors to set up and sell unwanted furniture, books, clothing, toys, household goods, and more.
Duties: Be where the treasures are. Volunteers assist staff in setup and running the event. There will also be time to do your own treasure hunting.
Program Time: Shift #1, 6:30-10 a.m./Shift #2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Frank Southern Ice Arena, 2100 S. Henderson St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 3-4 per shift
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Salsa Contest
Saturday, August 29
Summer's sun is still blazing, and we're about to kick up the heat with Bloomington's 27th annual salsa contest. Entries for the city's best homemade salsa are evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Patrons take part in the food showdown of the year, and revel in the abundance of locally grown ingredients and the culinary craftsmanship of the salsa creations.
Duties: Take part in the hottest Parks and Recreation event. Salsa Contest volunteers dish out samples and keep chips plentiful.
Program Time: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 6-8
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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, September 2
First Wednesday of the month May-October
Bloomington Parks and Recreation has earned Community Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. The Bryan Park Creek naturalized area played a key role in certification and requires periodic maintenance to control invasive plant species and ensure native plant success.
Duties: Volunteers assist with monthly upkeep of this natural area along beautiful Bryan Park Creek. Help maintain native plants by cutting back overgrown brush, removing invasive plants, and collecting native plant seeds.
Program Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Bryan Park, 1100 S. Woodlawn Ave.-Woodlawn Shelter
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up (Children under age 12 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 5-30
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Play Day
Friday, September 4
Come out and PLAY! Bloomington has once again been named a Playful City USA by KaBOOM!, and we intend to celebrate! We'll have games, a bounce house, and playful activities for kids of all ages. The evening ends with the showing of the family-friendly movie, "Hairspray", on the big screen!
Duties: Recall your childhood playing in the park. Assist with various outdoor activities that promote healthy, active lifestyles.
Program Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Bryan Park, 1001 S. Henderson St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 2
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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, September 9
Bloomington Parks and Recreation opened Ferguson Dog Park, a park specifically for dogs and their owners, in fall 2012. Our goal is to offer a safe and environmentally clean green space at the park. Periodic maintenance and upkeep is needed to ensure a sustainable park for the future.
Duties: Several landscaped areas enhance the aesthetics of the dog park and help address potential environmental hazards associated with maintaining the park. Volunteers learn more about the proactive work being done by our natural resources area and help maintain the native plant areas.
Program Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Ferguson Dog Park, 4300 N. Stone Mill Road
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up (Children under age 12 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 5-30
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Leonard Springs Nature Day
Tuesday, September 15
Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Online training sessions are available for review. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
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Family Field Day and Picnic
Sunday, September 20
Families are invited to relax and enjoy fun, quality family time on Sunday afternoon. They can bring a picnic lunch to Bryan Park while we host a variety of sports and games everyone can play! Activities include hula hooping, jump roping, frisbee golf, basketball dribbling, and shooting beanbag toss relays ... and more!
Duties: Volunteers get your game on, bring your enthusiasm, and help run field day activities. Explain rules, replenish supplies, and engage families in healthy outdoor activities.
Program Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Bryan Park, 1001 S. Henderson St. (Henderson Shelter)
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5
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Leonard Springs Nature Day
Tuesday, September 29
Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Online training sessions are available for review. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
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Apple Tasting
Saturday, October 3
"Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks." - Liberty Hyde Bailey
Apple Tasting returns to the Farmers' Market with the fruit of our area growers' labors. Find a perfectly meaty, soft-skinned apple for an afternoon snack or a just-right firm and crisp apple for your favorite crisps and pies. Apple Tasting will rock you to the core!
Duties: When you think of fall in Indiana, you have to think apples. Volunteers distribute samples of different locally grown apples.
Program Time: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10
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Take a Kid Mountain Biking
Saturday, October 3
Take a Kid Mountain Biking encourages communities to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Besides being good, healthy fun, mountain biking develops a connection between kids and the natural world around them.
Duties: Kids maneuver through twisting singletrack, jump logs, and leap flagstone obstacles in our 1/8 mile kid-size obstacle course. Volunteers serve as spotters by emphasizing safety, instructing on technique, and cheering on their efforts.
Program Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: RCA Community Park, 1400 RCA Park Dr.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 6-8
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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, October 7
First Wednesday of the month May-October
Bloomington Parks and Recreation has earned Community Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. The Bryan Park Creek naturalized area played a key role in certification and requires periodic maintenance to control invasive plant species and ensure native plant success.
Duties: Volunteers assist with monthly upkeep of this natural area along beautiful Bryan Park Creek. Help maintain native plants by cutting back overgrown brush, removing invasive plants, and collecting native plant seeds.
Program Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Bryan Park, 1100 S. Woodlawn Ave.-Woodlawn Shelter
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up (Children under age 12 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 5-30
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Fall Tree Planting
Saturday, October 10
Ignite your environmental consciousness by planting trees. Bloomington was recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1984 as Indiana's first Tree City USA. Bloomington has each year since 1984 successfully met all the criteria necessary to keep its Tree City USA designation.
Duties: Several trees in Miller-Showers Park succumbed to environmental conditions. Approximately 20 new trees will line the streets of Walnut and College providing a green Bloomington welcome. Volunteers learn proper tree planting techniques from our urban foresters then dig holes, place trees, and lay mulch.
Program time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Staging takes place at Miller-Showers Park, 1500 N. College Ave.
Age of volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of volunteers: 40
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Leonard Springs Nature Day
Tuesday, October 13
Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Online training sessions are available for review. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
Click Here to Register

Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, October 14
Bloomington Parks and Recreation opened Ferguson Dog Park, a park specifically for dogs and their owners, in fall 2012. Our goal is to offer a safe and environmentally clean green space at the park. Periodic maintenance and upkeep is needed to ensure a sustainable park for the future.
Duties: Several landscaped areas enhance the aesthetics of the dog park and help address potential environmental hazards associated with maintaining the park. Volunteers learn more about the proactive work being done by our natural resources area and help maintain the native plant areas.
Program Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Ferguson Dog Park, 4300 N. Stone Mill Road
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up (Children under age 12 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 5-30
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Leonard Springs Nature Day
Tuesday, October 20
Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Online training sessions are available for review. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
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Healthy Halloween Party
Friday, October 23
The health and wellness witches are throwing a Healthy Halloween Party at the Banneker Community Center, and the entire family is invited! Come in costume and take part in the costume contest, plus have a howling good time playing Halloween games, enjoying spooky snacks, trying on some sweet (or scary!) face painting!
Duties: Bring the healthy to Halloween. Volunteers can come dressed in a costume and facilitate fantastically frightening activities for children to enjoy.
Program Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5
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Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday, October 24
Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho, into the woods we'll go. The wooded trail comes to life with characters and stories, oh what a sight. Children put on their costumes and grab their bags, there is a lot of fun to be had.
Duties: Volunteers step into the magical world of fairy tale and cartoon land and bring a character to life. We'll provide the story line, and volunteers provide the enthusiasm and creativity.
Program Time: noon-5 p.m.
Training: Character volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions prior to volunteering. Training takes place at RCA Community Park
Friday, October 23 at 10-11 a.m. or 4-5 p.m.
Location: RCA Community Park, 1400 W. RCA Park Dr.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of volunteers: 20-25
Other: All costumes provided.
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Skate and Scare
Saturday, October 24
Halloween ... on ice! Kids and adults skate to spooky tunes and skate through our haunted house on ice. Skaters in costume for a chance to win prizes.
Duties: Looking for a unique, spooky, great time this Halloween, and a reason to dress in costume? Shift 2 volunteers will be a character in the haunted or happy house. Shift 1 volunteers transform the Frank Southern Ice Arena into a Halloween haven and bring the theme of the haunted house to life.
Program Time: Shift #1, Noon-4 p.m. / Shift #2, 5-10 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Frank Southern Ice Arena, 2100 S. Henderson St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 15-20
Other: We'll contact prospective volunteers to coordinate volunteer role or character assignment.
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Putting the Gardens to Bed
Sunday, October 25, Willie Streeter Community Gardens
Gardeners and others with green thumbs are invited to clear the plots and put the gardens to bed for the winter months.
Duties: Volunteers harvest produce left in the gardens and prepare it for donation to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank; remove hardware items from the garden, including tomato cages and stakes, and organize them for convenient storage; and pull remaining plants from the plots and place them in the compost bins.
Program Time: 1-4 p.m. all days
Location: Butler Park Community Garden, 812 W. Ninth St.
Willie Streeter Community Gardens, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10-15 for Butler Park Community Garden, 20-25 for Willie Streeter Community Gardens
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Leonard Springs Nature Day
Tuesday, October 27
Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Online training sessions are available for review. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
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Festival of Ghost Stories
Friday, October 30
An ink-black night with leering jack-o'-lanterns and crisp cider set the stage for an evening of live storytelling beneath the stars. A Halloween-time tradition for more than 33 years, the Festival of Ghost Stories features haunting tales of ghosts and horror that will tingle the spine. Those who dare bring their lawns chair or blankets, and dress warmly to avoid the chill as seasoned storytellers spin their tales in the dark.
Duties: Whether you're decorating for the event or serving up hot apple cider, you're sure to have a chillingly great time.
Program Time: 6-9 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Bryan Park, 1001 S. Henderson St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 4-6
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Putting the Gardens to Bed
Saturday, October 31, Butler Park Community Gardens
Gardeners and others with green thumbs are invited to clear the plots and put the gardens to bed for the winter months.
Duties: Volunteers harvest produce left in the gardens and prepare it for donation to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank; remove hardware items from the garden, including tomato cages and stakes, and organize them for convenient storage; and pull remaining plants from the plots and place them in the compost bins.
Program Time: 1-4 p.m. all days
Location: Butler Park Community Garden, 812 W. Ninth St.
Willie Streeter Community Gardens, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10-15 for Butler Park Community Garden, 20-25 for Willie Streeter Community Gardens
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Putting the Gardens to Bed
Sunday, November 1, Willie Streeter Community Gardens
Gardeners and others with green thumbs are invited to clear the plots and put the gardens to bed for the winter months.
Duties: Volunteers harvest produce left in the gardens and prepare it for donation to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank; remove hardware items from the garden, including tomato cages and stakes, and organize them for convenient storage; and pull remaining plants from the plots and place them in the compost bins.
Program Time: 1-4 p.m. all days
Location: Butler Park Community Garden, 812 W. Ninth St.
Willie Streeter Community Gardens, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10-15 for Butler Park Community Garden, 20-25 for Willie Streeter Community Gardens
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Soup Tasting
Saturday, November 7
Few things are more comforting than cold hands wrapped around a warm cup of soup. The weather may be cooling down, but the soup is heating up for the ninth annual Soup Tasting on Showers Plaza. Celebrate this cool weather harvest from field and farm as area chefs showcase their expertise with this versatile comfort food. Sampling is warmly encouraged.
Duties: Volunteers assist with setting up soup tasting area, overseeing the chef demonstrations, and distributing samples of different soups.
Program Time: 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10
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The Bloomington Pumpkin Launch
Saturday, November 7
Fall has arrived and pumpkins are flying in the skies over the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Teams have formed and built pumpkin launching devices and spectators are lining up to watch the fun! Launcher teams send pumpkins soaring through the air in competitions for both accuracy and distance. In addition to the pumpkin launching, there are activities for children, live music, and food vendors, and the festive feel of fall.!
Duties: Launch into fall by assisting with event preparation, parking, registration, competition supervision, and children's area.
Program Time: Shift #1, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m./Shift #2, noon-3:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds, 5700 W. Airport Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5 per shift
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Leonard Springs Nature Day
Rain date, Tuesday, November 10
Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Online training sessions are available for review. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
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Holiday Market
Saturday, November 28
Don't miss the 13th annual Holiday Market! Shop for favorite locally grown farm products, and arts and fine crafts created by local artisans, all while listening to the music of the season. The TubaSantas fill the Market with holiday spirit, and St. Nick and his reindeer will visit too!
Duties: We're looking for volunteer elves to decorate, serve refreshments, and assist with teardown.
Program Time: Shift #1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m./Shift #2, noon-4 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 6 per shift
Other: Come dressed according to the weather. Don't forget your hats and gloves!
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ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Banneker Afterschool Program
Twice weekly, August 3-December 18
Help students excel in math and reading skills by volunteering to read with students and review basic school-age mathematics. Additionally, facilitate activities in art and science and engage children in active games that stimulate creativity and critical thinking.
Duties: Whether you enjoy working with youth or have professional aspirations to, this service opportunity gives you hands-on experience. Tutor one-on-one or in small groups twice weekly.
Program Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Location: Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. Eighth St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 8-10 per day, Monday-Thursday
Other: We ask that you commit to two days a week for the entire semester.
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Sport Shorties Fall Ball
Saturdays, August 22-October 3
During this six-week program, Sport Shorties athletes learn the basic skills of soccer, basketball and tee ball in a fun and safe recreational atmosphere.
Duties: Are you a sports fanatic? Do you like children at the adorable ages of 3-6 yrs.? Here is your chance to help us develop our next Albert Pujols, Abby Wambach, or LeBron James.
Program Time: Coaches are assigned a one-hour shift between 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10-14
Other: Coaches Orientation - Thursday, August 20, 5:30-6:15 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center.
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Bloomington Youth Basketball Instructional Season I
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 1-24
This instructional program for players in grades K-6 teaches the fundamentals of the game of basketball and how to apply learned skills in game situations. Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions include instruction in passing, shooting, conditioning, rebounding and fundamentals of offense and defense. These sessions will be in station format and will provide skill progression from week to week.
Duties: Volunteers work with small groups of youth to break down the fundamentals of the game.
Program Time: 5:15-8:30 p.m.
Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5
Other: Volunteers should be available both days for the entire season.
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Soccer Sport Shorties
Tuesdays, October 13-November 17
The indoor turf field at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center is the ideal place for preschool athletes to learn the basic skills of team soccer! Young athletes take part in fun, recreational drills to develop kicking, passing, and ball handling skills in this weekly program.
Duties: Are you a soccer fanatic? Do you enjoy teaching children at the adorable ages of 3-6 yrs.? Here is your chance to help us develop our next IU soccer superstar.
Program Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 2
Other: Coaches Orientation - Tuesday, October 13, 9 a.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center.
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Bloomington Youth Basketball - Season II
October 19-December 18
The Bloomington Youth Basketball League focuses on basketball fundamentals and the application of learned skills during game participation for players in grades K-6. All leagues are coed through grade 3; girls play in a girls-only league beginning in grade 4. Season includes weekly practices, and games on one night a week. The season concludes with a single-elimination tournament. Practices begin the week of October 19. Games begin the week of November 2. Join us for the satisfaction of playing in a fun and positive setting where everyone learns the game of basketball.
Duties: We are looking for coaches who can commit to once- or twice-weekly practices and one game per week or weekend. Time and day of practices are determined by grade level. Volunteer coaches will enjoy making a difference in the lives of kids and can help develop our next big IU basketball star. (We suggest two coaches per team.)
Timeline:
Prospective coaches must sign up by Friday, October 9.
Coach selection process completed by Tuesday, October 13.
Selected coaches must attend mandatory coaches training on Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, October 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center.
All selected coaches must complete an online coaching certification course from the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA). NYSCA certification must be completed by first practice. The certification fee for each coach is $20. The online training is available at nays.org. Scholarships are available to offset expenses associated with the online training. For scholarship information, contact Jeigh Hockersmith at 349-3774 or hockersj@bloomington.in.gov
Program Time: Coaches plan and lead one or two one-hour practices per week and one, one-hour game per week or weekend.
Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 50
Other: Returning coaches have first priority for placement. Volunteers should agree to stay for the entire season. Also consider coaching Season III!
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Adopt-a-Trail
October 2015-October 2016/Monthly inspections/One-year commitment
More than 30 trail miles in Bloomington's city parks need periodic inspections and maintenance to remain safe and usable. Volunteers have been valuable in establishing and maintaining our trails for many years. Parks and Recreation staff provide training and equipment to volunteer groups of any size for monthly trail monitoring and annual trail maintenance.
Duties: Inspect adopted trail at least once a month. Complete and submit reports on trail status. Provide maintenance as needed. Do at least one work day per year. Staff works with your group or organization to formulate a work plan.
Program Time: Trail inspections can be completed at your leisure. Schedule your trail work day with the Adopt-a-Trail coordinator.
Timeline:
Volunteers must submit an online application by September 30. An orientation takes place in late mid-October. One-year appointment starts in October.
Location: Various trails are available for adoption.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Individuals and groups of varying sizes are welcome. Recruitment class determined by number of available trails.
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Adopt-an-Acre
October 2015-June 2016/Monthly visits/One-year commitment
Adopt-an-Acre is an all-volunteer program that gives the public the opportunity to actively address invasive plant issues in Bloomington and Monroe County. Griffy has thriving populations of bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, winter creeper, privet, and multiflora rose, all which are out-competing native plants. Parks and Recreation staff provide the necessary training in invasive plant identification and equip volunteers to proactively monitor and remove impeding plants within their adopted area.
Duties: Inspect and make progress in removing invasive plants in adopted area of Griffy Lake Nature Preserve a minimum of once a month. Complete and submit monthly progress reports. Attend quarterly training workshops or review electronic training materials to adequately identify invasive plants and learn proper technique for removing. Schedule a minimum of one structured work day per year. Staff works with you or your group to formulate a work plan.
Program Time: Inspections and progress visits can be completed at your leisure.
Time line:
Volunteers must submit an online application by September 30. An orientation takes place in mid-October. One-year appointment starts October.
Locations: Various parcels of land are available for adoption at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. We have plot sizes for individuals and for groups.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Individuals and groups of varying sizes are welcome. Recruitment class determined by number of available plots.
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Trail Ambassadors
October 2015-October 2016
Regular trail monitoring/One-year commitment
The Trail Ambassador program increases the overall awareness and safety of our trail system by using community-based strategies. Trail users and trail supporters unite to promote the benefits of a vibrant trail system.
Duties: Trail Ambassadors become public stewards of our trail system. Through weekly visits totaling a minimum of five scheduled hours per month, volunteers generate awareness of local multi-purpose trail system, promote proper trail etiquette, share the benefits of a vibrate trail system, and encourage overall positive use of public space.
Program Time: Commit to five hours of trail visitation per month.
Timeline:
Volunteers must submit an online application by October 23. An orientation takes place prior to one-year appointment beginning in November.
Location: B-Line Trail, Bloomington Rail Trail, Clear Creek Trail, and Jackson Creek Trail
Age of volunteers: 21 yrs. and up
Number of volunteers: Accepting up to 25 volunteers for pilot program
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Leisure Companion
May-August
The Leisure Companion Program is a service in which participants with disabilities are partnered with a volunteer companion who provides additional support during participation in inclusive activities. The level of support will vary according to the specific needs of each individual.
Duties: As a Leisure Companion, you facilitate inclusion by advocating for the participant, providing support during activities, protecting the dignity of the participant, emphasizing similarities of participants, creating an environment for success, encouraging independent participation, and most of all, being a supportive friend!
Program Time: Dates and times will vary according to program needs.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Location: Locations of events and programs vary depending on program registration.
Age of volunteers: 16 yrs. and up