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Hello, Bloomington Parks and Recreation volunteers:

We are implementing a new way to sign up as a volunteer, just in time for our 2018 community events and service projects!

If you have any questions about our new system, or if you're having trouble registering for an event or project, please contact Sarah Owen at

Some changes for 2018:

  • Registration for most events will open approximately two months before the registration date.
  • Events listed as "Coming Soon" are previews of what's coming up, but registration has not yet opened. "Coming Soon" events appear about two weeks before volunteer registration opens.
  • When you register to volunteer for an event, you should receive a confirmation email promptly. If you do not receive a confirmation, or if you register but do not have an email address and have questions about your volunteer registration, please contact Sarah Owen at 812.349.3700 or for assistance.

We look forward to working with you in 2018 and thank you for your service!


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 up to receive our monthly newsletter of volunteer opportunities.





Registration Link

Group Service Project Schedule a Day 2 weeks before Register now
Banneker Afterschool Program Aug. 9 - May 25 None Register now
Trail Ambassadors Feb. 2018 - 2019 Fri., Dec. 29 Apply now




Leisure Companion
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

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.