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SUMMER 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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National Trails Day 2014
Saturday, June 7
Participate in the American Hiking Society's 22nd Anniversary of National Trails Day! Hiking trails allow us to keep in touch with the natural world while exercising and relieving stress. A wide variety of recreation, fitness, and transportation goals can be achieved with a good trail system.
Duties: Volunteers are needed to help improve trails at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.
Program Time: 9 a.m.-Noon Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, 3300 N. Headley Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 14 yrs. and up (Children under 14 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.)
Number of Volunteers: 25

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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, June 11
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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Touch a Truck
Wednesday, June 11
Rain date: Thursday, June 12
Children get up close and personal with fire trucks, ambulances, buses, bucket trucks, and more. They explore the inner workings or the outside gadgets of the big rigs they have always been curious about!
Duties: Do you enjoy seeing amazement on the faces of small children? Come experience it firsthand. Volunteers assist with event setup, monitor stations, and distribute refreshments and snacks to our guests.
Program Time: Shift #1, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m./Shift #2, noon-3 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Twin Lakes Sports Park, 2350 W. Bloomfield Rd.-parking lot
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up Number of Volunteers: 5 per shift

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Backyard Beach Party
Wednesday, June 18
Banneker's backyard becomes the neighborhood super sunny beach! Grab the sunscreen and watch as preschoolers make a castle in the sand, keep cool in the sprinkler, and have fun with beach toys.
Duties: Volunteers help event staff with setup and hands-on activities to help bring the beach to Banneker!
Program Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St.
Age of Volunteers: 14 yrs. and up Number of Volunteers: 2

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Bug Fest
Saturday, June 28
Visitors learn all about amazing insects at Bloomington's second annual Bug Fest! Go on an insect safari, handle cool insects, make a craft, and participate in a mealworm race or cricket-spitting contest. The day includes speakers and information booths on a variety of buggy topics. Partners include Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Monroe County Parks and Recreation, The WonderLab Museum, Purdue Extension office, and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. Duties: Volunteers engage children in bug exploration. Discuss various types of bugs, lead a bug activity, or work with our speaker series. Share your interest in outdoor education with children. It inspires!
Program Time: Shift #1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m./Shift #2, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 7-8 per shift

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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Day
Wednesday, July 2
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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Fourth of July Parade
Friday, July 4
Everybody loves a PARADE! This year's Fourth of July Parade theme is "Explore Bloomington!" People with lawn chairs in hand head downtown to celebrate while waving their flags proudly! The Parade is brought to the community by Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Downtown Bloomington, Inc., and is sponsored by the American Legion Burton Woolery Post 18. Duties: Volunteers help with road closures and organizing entries in specified holding area. Program Time: 7:30 a.m.-noon
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Meet at the Sample Gates, Indiana and Kirkwood Avenues
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up Number of Volunteers: 2

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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, July 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 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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Bryan Park Itsy Bitsy Kids Triathlon
Saturday, July 12 Encourage children ages 5-10 yrs. to get active with this fun, non-competitive event! The triathlon includes a 100-meter swim in Bryan Park Pool, 1.1-mile cycle, and .6-mile run. Every child who takes part is a winner! Duties: Promote active living for all ages. Volunteers prepare course, direct traffic during the bike and run legs, and cheer on every participant.
Program Time: 8-11 a.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: 18 yrs. and up Number of Volunteers: 15

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Messy Mania
Tuesday, July 15
Kids get crazy with their hands when we let them experiment with all kinds of messy mediums, with no worries about creating chaos in the house! These hands-on activities will delight every youngster who loves to squish, splatter, and fling! Let us take care of the prep time and clean up, while children experience a morning of head-to-toe, ooey gooey good times!
Duties: Have ooey gooey fun helping kids make ooey gooey projects! Volunteers assist with preparation, hands-on activities, and don't forget the cleanup that follows.
Program Time: Shift #1, 8-11 a.m./Shift #2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: RCA Community Park, 1400 W. RCA Park Dr.
Age of Volunteers: 14 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 12 per shift
Other: Wear clothing you don't mind getting messy.

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Backyard Beach Party
Thursday, July 17
Banneker's backyard becomes the neighborhood super sunny beach! Grab the sunscreen and watch as preschoolers make a castle in the sand, keep cool in the sprinkler, and have fun with beach toys.
Duties: Volunteers help event staff with setup and hands-on activities to help bring the beach to Banneker!
Program Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St.
Age of Volunteers: 14 yrs. and up Number of Volunteers: 2

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Tomato Tasting
Saturday, August 2
Experience the spectrum of heirloom tomatoes the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market has to offer. Yellow, orange, purple, green-patrons are able to taste a kaleidoscope of colors and expand their horizons beyond the common red tomato!
Duties: Take part in one of the glories of summer as you distribute samples of different tomatoes.
Program Time: 7:30 a.m.-noon
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: 12

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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, August 6
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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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, August 13
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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Drool in the Pool
Wednesday, August 13 Thursday, August 14
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. In celebration of the 10th anniversary, 10 fabulous prizes for your furry friends will be given away during breaks in the event on each night. 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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Junk in the Trunk
Saturday, August 23
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 per shift

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Play Day
Friday, August 29
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, UP, 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
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 3

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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, September 3
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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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, September 10
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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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, October 1
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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Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days
Wednesday, October 8
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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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.
Submit an application


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


Commit to Health Nutrition Program
May 16-July 21
The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded a nutrition curriculum grant from National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and the Walmart Foundation. The funds will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to increase healthy meals served to children, provide evidence-based nutrition literacy to children, and implement nutrition and physical activity standards at the Banneker Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, and Girls Inc.
Duties: Deliver OrganWise Guys, an evidence-based nutrition curriculum, to children (K-6) for eight weeks (June 2-July 25) in local community organizations. Volunteers may also have to lead physical activity lessons.
Program Times: Monday-11 a.m.-noon/training/all Monday-1-3 p.m./Banneker-grades K-2 Tuesday-10-11 a.m./Crestmont Boys and Girls Club- grades K-2 Tuesday-1-2 p.m./Lincoln St. Boys and Girls Club-grades K-2 Wednesday-9:30-10:30 a.m./Girls Inc.-grades K-2 and grades 3-5 Wednesday-1-3 p.m. Banneker Community Center-grades 3-5 Thursday-10-11 a.m./Crestmont Girls and Boys Club-grades 3-5 Thursday-1-2 p.m./Lincoln St. Boys and Girls Club-grades 3-5 Thursday- 3:30-4:30 p.m./ Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club-grades K-2 Thursday- 4:30-5:30 p.m./ Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club-grades 3-5
Training: Volunteers are required to attend orientation and a curriculum training prior to the eight week session, and weekly program team meetings during the eight week session.
Locations: Banneker Community Center, Crestmont Boys and Girls Club, Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club, Lincoln Street Boys and Girls Club, and Girls Inc.
Age of volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of volunteers: 1-2 per site
Other: Volunteers must be available for the Monday training and a minimum of one site.

Bloomington and Monroe County Adopt a Stream
June 2014-June 2015/Monthly Inspections/One-year commitment
Adopt a Stream is an all-volunteer program that gives the public an opportunity to be actively involved in conserving and maintaining the natural wealth and beauty of streams that run through public park property owned by the City of Bloomington and Monroe County. Parks and Recreation staff provide training and equipment to volunteer individuals and groups of any size for monthly stream monitoring and annual stream maintenance.
Duties: Inspect adopted stream at least once a month. Complete and submit reports on stream condition. Provide general maintenance such as removing debris and litter. Attend a Hoosier Riverwatch workshop and perform water quality monitoring at the stream at least four times per year. Schedule a minimum of one structured work day per year. Staff works with you or your group to formulate a work plan.
Program Time: Stream inspections can be completed at your leisure. Timeline: Volunteers must submit an online application by May 11. An orientation takes place in late May. One-year appointment starts June.
Location: Various streams are available for adoption in Bloomington and Monroe County.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Recruitment class determined by number of vacant streams.

Submit an application: Click Here to Register

Tuesday Market
Tuesdays, June 3-September 30
This is a mid-week opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce directly from the grower. Outdoor dining and live music make this a relaxing evening occasion to shop and mingle.
Duties: If you enjoy the ambiance of the Saturday Farmers' Market, but your weekends fill up quickly, the Tuesday Market volunteer opportunity is for you! Assist with the supervision of the Market, distribute Parks and Recreation material, and promote the sale of Market products.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Program Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Next to Bloomingfoods Near West Side on Sixth and Madison Streets
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 1-4
Other: Volunteer for one to four Tuesdays a month.

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Banneker Summer Food and Fun
June 2-August 1
Help students retain math and reading skills this summer 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 and play.
Duties: Whether you enjoy working with youth or have professional aspirations to, this service opportunity gives you hands-on experience. Work one-on-one with a student reinforcing math and reading skills and help staff members and community organizations facilitate academic enrichment activities focused on art, science and other subjects. Program Time: 3-4 hours weekly anytime between 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Primary need between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Location: Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St. Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 4-6 per day, Monday-Friday
Other: We ask that you commit to at least one hour a week.

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Adopt-a-Trail
July 2014-July 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 June 6. An orientation takes place in late June. One-year appointment starts July 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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Future Stars
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 22-31
Preparing for higher levels of play or trying out for a high school softball team can be a complicated time for players and parents. Future Stars is designed to get players and parents to slow down, take a breath and approach these situations with clarity, proper planning and realistic expectations. Future Stars is a training program run by professionals, is completely player-focused, and designed specifically for the player.
Duties: Help players participating in the Bloomington Girls Softball program take their game to the next level. During this two week program, lead skill-building drills, teach softball fundamentals, and help players gain a better understanding of the game. We ask that you commit to both days. Program Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Location: Lower Cascades Park, 2851 N. Old State Rd. 37
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10

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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: Location of events and programs vary depending on program registration.
Age of volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Bloomington Youth Basketball - Middle School
August 26 -October 16 Middle school boys and girls (grades 7-8) play on separate teams in this league, which focuses on basketball skill development and applying skills in game situations. The season includes a weekly practice and two games, and concludes with a single-elimination tournament. Practice days and times are determined by the coach.
Duties: We are looking for coaches who can commit to once -or twice-weekly practices and one game per week or weekend. 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: Season runs September 2-October 16. Prospective coaches must sign up by Friday, August 15. Indicate if you're a parent and include your child's name you wish to coach. Indicate what league you'd like to coach along with the grade level. Indicate if you have a co-coach in mind and include their name. Coach selection process completed by Friday, August 22. Selected coaches must attend mandatory coaches training on Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center. Coaches must complete an online coaching certification course from the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) by first practice. Practices begin the week of September 2. Games begin the week of September 15. Again this year: All selected coaches must complete an online coaching certification course from the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA). 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 Jeigh Hockersmith at 349-3774 or hockersj@bloomington.in.gov.
Program Time: Coaches plan and lead one, one-hour practices per week and two, one-hour games per week. Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10 Other: Returning coaches have first priority for placement. Volunteers should agree to stay for the entire season. Also consider coaching Season II or III!

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