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FALL/WINTER 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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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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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, October 14
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 Day programs. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Volunteers have access to online training materials. Additional questions regarding roles will be addressed the day of your 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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Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday, October 18
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: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Training: Character volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions prior to volunteering. Training takes place at RCA Park.
Friday, October 17 at 10-11 a.m. or 4-5 p.m.
Location: RCA 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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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, October 21
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 Day programs. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Volunteers have access to online training materials. Additional questions regarding roles will be addressed the day of your 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 24
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, learning to prepare spooky snacks, trying on some sweet (or scary!) face painting, and sampling some tasty and good-for-you Halloween treats!
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: 4
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Festival of Ghost Stories
Friday, October 24
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 32 years, the Festival of Ghost Stories features haunting tales of ghosts and horror that will tingle the spine. Those who dare bring their lawn chair or blanket, dress warmly, and 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: 6:30-9:30 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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Skate and Scare
Saturday, October 25
Halloween ... on ice! Kids and adults can skate to spooky tunes and skate through our haunted house on ice. There's also a happy house to skate through for the youngsters with trick-or-treat stations throughout.
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, assist with arts and craft activities, facilitate a game, or serve refreshments. Shift 1 volunteers transform the Frank Southern Ice Arena into a Halloween haven and create the haunted house on ice.
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
Saturday, October 25, Butler Garden
Sunday, October 26, Willie Streeter Garden
Saturday, November 1, Butler Garden
Sunday, November 2, Willie Streeter Garden
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 remaining produce left in the garden 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 Garden, 812 W. Ninth St.
Willie Streeter Garden, 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 Garden, 30-50 for Willie Streeter Garden
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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, October 28 (Rain Date)
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 Day programs. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Volunteers have access to online training materials. Additional questions regarding roles will be addressed the day of your 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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Soup Tasting
Saturday, November 1
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 eigth 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 tent, overseeing the chef demonstrations, and distributing samples of different soups.
Program Time: 8:45 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: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10
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The Bloomington Pumpkin Launch
Saturday, November 1
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 bringing a chair or blanket 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 is a pumpkin seed spitting contest, children's activities, live music, and tasty eats!
Duties: Launch into fall by assisting with event preparation, parking, registration, competition supervision, pumpkin tasting, and seed spitting booths.
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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Holiday Market
Saturday, November 29
Don't miss the 12th 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 4-December 19
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 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 - 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 the 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 his or her 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 Mark Sterner at 349-3768 or sternerm@bloomington.in.gov
Program Time: Coaches plan and lead one or two, one-hour practices per week and one or 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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Bloomington Youth Basketball - Season I
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 2-25
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 sessions include instruction in one- and two-hand passing, shooting, conditioning, rebounding, and fundamentals of offense and defense. Thursday sessions include age-appropriate instructional scrimmages.
Duties: Volunteers work with small groups of youth to break down the fundamentals of the game.
Program Time: 5:30-8 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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Sport Shorties Fall Ball
Saturdays, September 6-October 25
During this six-week program Sport Shorties athletes learn the basic skills of team sports in a fun and safe recreational atmosphere.
Week 1 Soccer skill building
Week 2 Soccer games
Week 3 Tee ball skill building
Week 4 Tee ball games
Week 5 Basketball skill building
Week 6 Basketball games
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, Mia Hamm, 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, September 4, 6-7 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center. Class does not meet 10/4 or 10/11.
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Commit to Health Nutrition Program
September 22-November 21
The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded a nutrition curriculum grant from National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Walmart Foundation. The funds will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to increase the number of healthy meals served to children, provide nutrition information to children, and implement nutrition and physical activity standards at local youth-serving agencies.
Duties: Deliver OrganWise Guys, an evidence-based nutrition curriculum, to children (K-6) for eight weeks in local community organizations. Volunteers may also have to lead physical activity lessons.
Program Times:
Monday: Girls, Inc. 5-5:45pm (K-2nd and 3rd-5th)
Monday: Crestmont Boys and Girls Club (K-2nd) 4:45-5:45pm
Tuesday: Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club 4:30-5:30pm (K-2nd)
Thursday: Ellettsville Boys and Girls Club 4:30-5:30pm (K-2nd)
Friday: Lincoln St. Boys and Girls Club 5:05-6:05pm (K-2nd)
Training: Volunteers are required to attend orientation and a curriculum training on September 22 from 4-6p.m. and weekly program team meetings on Wednesdays 4-4:30 p.m. during the eight-week session.
Locations: 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: 1per site
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Bloomington Youth Basketball - Season II
October 15-December 15
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 weeknight and on two Saturdays. The season concludes with a single-elimination tournament. Practices begin the week of October 20. Games begin the week of November 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 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 10.
Coach selection process completed by Tuesday, October 14.
Selected coaches must attend mandatory coaches training on Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, October 16, 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 $25. The online training is available at nays.org. Scholarships are available to offset expenses associated with the online training. For scholarship information, contact Mark Sterner at 349-3768 or sternerm@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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Soccer Sport Shorties
Wednesday, October 15-November 19
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 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 - Wednesday, October 15, 9 a.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center.
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Leisure Companion
September-December
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


Adopt-a-Trail
October 2014-October 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 individuals and 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 you or your group 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 12. An orientation takes place in late September. One-year appointment starts October 1.
Location: Various trails are available for adoption.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Individuals and groups of all sizes welcome. Recruitment class determined by number of vacant trails.
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