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WINTER/SPRING 2014 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 gardening season.
Duties: Volunteers assist the staff in maintaining paths, turning compost, and weeding, 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 Garden
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 in parks throughout the Bloomington community.
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 Trail, Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Trail, Wapehani Mountain Bike Trail, Winslow Woods Trail, Twin Lakes Trail, and the Bloomington Rail Trail
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5-25
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Mad Egg Dash
Friday, April 11
This isn't your grandma's egg hunt! Ditch the pink baskets and frilly bonnets because you'll need all your wits about you in this no-holds-barred, flashlights only, after-dark dash. The brand-new course at Bryan Park is filled with 3,000 plastic eggs-some have prizes inside, some have tickets for door prize drawings, and some are Rotten Eggs filled with ... nothing. When the starting horn sounds you'll make a mad dash to grab as many eggs as you can! The winning eggs go to the swift, the strategic, and the lucky.
Duties: Dash on over and help the mad rabbit with course construction, pre-dash activities, registration, and tear down.
Program Time: 6:30-10 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: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 15
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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, April 8
Volunteer to teach area sixth grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, forests, and soils.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: 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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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, April 15
Volunteer to teach area sixth grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, forests, and soils.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: 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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Earth Week-Trail Cleanup
Sunday, April 20
Celebrate Earth Week with a spring cleanup of the Lower Cascades Creek Trail.
Duties: Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature at one of Bloomington's most beautiful parks! Help us maintain our trails with a spring cleanup of Lower Cascades Creek Trail. We'll provide bags and gloves and together we'll keep our trails litter free.
Program Time: 1-3 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Lower Cascades Park, 2851 N. Old State Rd. 37-Waterfall Shelter
Age of Volunteers: 10 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 25
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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, April 22 (Rain date)
Volunteer to teach area sixth grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, forests, and soils.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: 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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Earth Week-Lake Cleanup
Thursday, April 24
Paddle around Griffy Lake and help clean up one of our most precious local resources during Earth Week.
Duties: Celebrate our Earth and its amazing natural resources by volunteering to help keep our local lake clean and sparkling. Bags, boats, and gloves are provided.
Program Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, 3300 N. Headley Rd.
Age of Volunteers: For all ages (Children under age 14 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 25-50
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Arbor Day Street Tree Planting
Saturday, April 26
Ignite your environmental consciousness by volunteering in celebration of Arbor Day. 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: Take part in the 2014 Arbor Day festivities when we plant over 60 new trees along east side streets and pot 100 seedlings for future planting.
Program time: Tree planting shift, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (ideal for adults and children 12 years and up) /Seedling shift, 10 a.m-noon (ideal for families with children 11 years and under)
Location: Meet at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 Indiana 46
Parking: Park in the lot on the east side of the church
Age of volunteers: 12 yrs. and up for tree planting shift/11 years and under for seedling shift.
Number of volunteers: Tree planting shift, 50 volunteers/seedling shift, 20 volunteers
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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, May 7
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
Other: Program runs the first Wednesday of the month May-October.
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Learn to Ride
May 13-15 and May 20-22
Children will spend the entire summer cruising on their bicycles after this Bloomington Bikes Week program. Participants learn how to confidently and safely ride their bikes through individual instruction, and also learn about bike maintenance, road safety, and proper bike and helmet fittings.
Duties: Proper instruction is an important aspect of bicycle riding. Volunteers collaborate with Park staff to teach children riding etiquette and techniques that will keep them safe as they ride their bikes.
Program Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Bryan Park Pool, 1100 S. Woodlawn Ave.-parking lot
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 8 per day
Other: Sign up for one or both sessions of Learn to Ride. Volunteers will do a lot of running. Class will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.
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The 50+ Expo - Around the World
Tuesday, May 13 set-up/Wednesday, May 14 event
The 50+ Expo features free health screenings, plus an expo hall filled with exhibitors with information about products and services for seniors and their families.
Duties: Volunteers may decorate, direct exhibitors to their spaces, greet participants, distribute 50+ Expo information, collect participant feedback, and tear down the event.
Program Time: Tuesday: 3-6 p.m. (10-12 volunteers)/Event setup
Wednesday: Shift #1, 7-10 a.m. (5-7 volunteers)/Exhibit hall assistants
Shift #2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (2 volunteers)/Welcome table
Shift #3, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. (2 volunteers)/General Expo and evaluations
Shift #4, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (2 volunteers)/Welcome table
Shift #5, 2-4 p.m. (10 volunteers)/Event teardown
Training: Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, May 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 clean green space for dogs and their owners. Periodic maintenance and upkeep is needed to ensure our four-legged and two-legged visitors enjoy their experience.
Duties: Do-good animal owners and animal lovers needed to assist with monthly upkeep of this designated dog space at the Ferguson Dog Park. Help maintain play areas by clipping, clearing, and cleaning in celebration of our canine play area.
Program Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Ferguson Dog Park, 1100 S. 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
Other: Program runs the second Wednesday of the month May-October.
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ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES


Banneker at the View
Twice weekly, January 6-May 22
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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Bloomington Youth Basketball-Season III and Middle School
January 15-March 30
The Bloomington Youth Basketball League focuses on basketball fundamentals and the application of learned skills during game participation for players in grades K-Middle School. All leagues are coed through grade 3; girls play in a girls-only league beginning in grade 4. Season includes weekly practices and games one night a week. The season concludes with a single-elimination tournament. Teams practice two nights a week for the first two weeks of the season (practice times are decided by the coach), then one night a week for the remainder of the season. Practices begin the week of January 20. Games begin the week of February 3. 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. 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, January 10.
Coach selection process completed by Tuesday, January 14.
Selected coaches must attend mandatory coaches training on Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m. or Thursday, January 16, 6 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 $25. The online training is available at nays.org. Scholarships are available to offset expenses associated with the online training. For scholarship information, contact Leslie Brinson at 349-3735 or brinsonl@bloomington.in.gov.
Program Time: Coaches plan and lead one or two one-hour practices per week and one, one-hour game per week.
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 commit for the entire season.
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Soccer Sport Shorties
Tuesdays, February 4-March 11
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! 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 like children at the adorable ages of 3-6 yrs.? Here is your chance to help us develop our next IU soccer superstar. Work with Bloomington Parks and Recreation staff to run an introductory soccer program geared toward preschoolers.
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
Training: Coaches' Orientation-Tuesday, February 4, 9 a.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center.
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Adopt-a-Trail
April 2014-March 2015/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 individuals and 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 February 15. An orientation takes place in late March. One-year appointment starts April 1.
Location: Various trails are available for adoption.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Recruitment class determined by number of vacant trails.
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Park Ambassador
May 2014-April 2015
Weekly Inspections/One-year commitment
The Park Ambassador Program promotes community stewardship and bridges the communication between the community and our Department, and sends a message that the community cares about its parks.
Duties: Park Ambassadors become public stewards of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. Through weekly visits to local parks, Ambassadors document maintenance needs, report acts of vandalism, interact with park users, promote park safety, and encourage an overall positive use of public space.
Program Time: Weekly visit requires approximately a one-hour assessment followed by the completion of a brief observation report.
Timeline:
Volunteers must submit an online application by February 28; screening interviews take place in March; and orientation takes place in April. One-year appointment starts May 1.
Location: Various parks are available.
Age of volunteers: 21 yrs. and up
Number of volunteers: 1 volunteer per identified park
Submit an application


Bloomington Girls Softball
April 6-June 30
Designed for the beginning through advanced player, this league focuses on responsible competition, including skill building and a complete understanding of the game. This league offers several levels of play ranging from tee ball to fastpitch for players ages 4-15 yrs.
Duties: Pitch, hit, field, and throw. Volunteers step up to the plate as a season-long coach and teach the fundamentals of fastpitch softball. Coaches plan practices by integrating various drills and prepare their teams for game competition. Here is your chance to put your mark on tomorrow's athlete.
Timeline:
Prospective coaches must sign up by Friday, March 28.
Coach selection process completed by Tuesday, April 2.
Selected coaches must attend mandatory coaches training on Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m. at Lower Cascades ballfields, 3601 N. Old State Road 37. In the event of rain, the meeting will be held at the same location as player evaluations.
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 $25. The online training is available at nays.org. Scholarships are available to offset expenses associated with the online training. For scholarship information, ontact Jeigh Hockersmith at 349-3774 or hockersj@bloomington.in.gov
Practices begin the week of April 14.
Program Time: Coaches will be assigned one or two one-hour practices per week and one, one-hour game per week. Looking for coaches in all age groups. Must be willing to become NYSCA certified and work from a set practice schedule from April -June.
Location: Winslow Sports Complex, S. Highland Ave. and Lower Cascades ballfields, 2851 N. Old State Road 37
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of volunteers: 30-35
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Bloomington Community Farmers' Market
Saturdays, April 5-November 29
From April through November, farmers and vendors fill Showers Common with locally grown produce, annual and perennial plants, and freshly baked bread for the Saturday morning Market. Local musicians perform while thousands of people find their way among the corn and tomatoes, local dairy products, and warm scents of fresh herbs. The Market often feels like equal parts shopping, socializing, and treasure hunt. Come early so you can amble among friends as you seek out that dried lavender or fresh basil you have been dreaming about.
Duties: If you enjoy the ambiance of the Farmers' Market, this is the volunteer opportunity for you! Work collaboratively with the Market supervisor with special events associated with Market and promote Bloomington Parks and Recreation programs by staffing the Bloomington Parks and Recreation table.
Program Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation prior to the program.
Location: Showers Common, Eighth and Morton Streets
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 1-4
Other: Volunteer from one to four Saturdays a month.
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Tee Ball Sport Shorties
Saturdays, April 26-June 7
Sport Shortie participants learn the basic skills of baseball in a fun and safe atmosphere where parent participation is welcomed and encouraged.
Duties: Children experience the FUNdamentals of team sports at an early age. Are you a sports fanatic? Do you like children at the adorable ages of 3-6 yrs.? Do you think you may want to be a next generation IU coach? Here's your chance to help develop our next Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, or Derrek Lee. Work with park staff to run an introductory baseball program geared toward preschoolers.
Program Time: Coaches assigned one, one-hour shift between 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Coaches Orientation: Thursday, April 24, 6-7 p.m. at the Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St.
Location: Lower Cascades Park, 3601 N. Old State Rd. 37
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 15
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Leisure Companion
January-April
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: Location of events and programs vary depending on program registration.
Age of volunteers: 16 yrs. and up