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SUMMER 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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Tomato Tasting
Saturday, August 1
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.-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: 12
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Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days
Wednesday, August 5
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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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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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
Click Here to Register


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
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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ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Adopt-a-Trail
July 2015-June 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 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.
Time line:
Volunteers must submit an online application by June 30. An orientation takes place in late July. One-year appointment starts August 1.
Locations: 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
July 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 June 5. An orientation takes place in late June. One-year appointment starts July 1.
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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Adopt-a-Stream
August 2015-July 2016/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. Staff provide training and equipment 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 techniques 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.
Time line:
Volunteers must submit an online application by June 26. An orientation takes place in July. One-year appointment starts August 1.
Locations: Various streams are available for adoption in Bloomington and Monroe County.
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 streams.
Submit an application: 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