New: Bloomington.in.gov/alpha. Your feedback can help make our next website better!

Volunteer with Parks and Recreation

Volunteers Make Programs Happen!Volunteer logo

Volunteer Page

Current Volunteer Opportunities

For more information on each opportunity, including shift times, click the registration link. For more information on how you, your group or your business can become a volunteer, contact Nikki McEachern at 812-349-3739 or mceachen@bloomington.in.gov. Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter of volunteer opportunities.

ONE-DAY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunity

Date(s)

Registration Link

Group Service Projects

Schedule a day

Click here to register

Leonard Springs Nature Days

Mar. 21,

Mar. 28,

April 4,

April 11,

May 9

Click here to register

Softball Player Assessment Day

April 8

Click here to register

Indiana Trails Study

April 10-16,

June 5-11,

Aug. 7-13,

Oct. 2-8

Click here to register

Learn to Ride

May 2-4

May 9-11

Click here to register

The 50+ Expo

May 9-10

Click here to register

ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunity

Deadline

Commitment

Registration Link

Banneker Afterschool Program

None

One semester

Click here to register

Preschool Garden Club

3/29/2017

Mar. 29-

May 17

Click here to register

Adopt-a-Stream

3/31/2017

May 2017-April 2018

Click here to register

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

4/1/2017

April-Nov.

Click here to register

Walking Club

4/6/2017

April-Oct.

Click here to register

Bloomington Girls Softball

4/7/2017

April 17-

May 31

Click here to register

Tee Ball Sport Shorties

4/27/2017

April 29-

June 10

Click here to register


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

For more information about becoming a Leisure Companion, contact Amy Shrake, Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, at shrakea@bloomington.in.gov


Court Ordered Community Service

Depending on the time year, there are a couple ways to complete your mandated service hours. You may volunteer for one-day service opportunities that are already scheduled and listed above. Simply choose the one-day events that work best for your schedule and sign up for each event individually. Alternatively, you may volunteer with an assigned area through parks - This may include maintaining parks, facilities, or gardens. This may also include clerical work or program preparation. Click here to request an assigned area for Court Ordered Community Service.
Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Project Proposal

Our natural areas and greenspaces have benefited from many Eagle Scout projects over the years, and we look forward to learning more about your proposed project and how it might benefit our community. Click here to provide some information about yourself, your proposed project, and your reasons for choosing Bloomington Parks as your project beneficiary.