Volunteer Opportunities
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Mark your calendars! Upcoming one day volunteer opportunities great for individuals, families, groups, teams, or clubs. One day can make a difference in our community! No orientation is needed for one day opportunities.

 Oct 11 9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center Trail Clean-up Day
 Nov 7 5:00 - 10:00 pm The Centre of Elgin  Youth Scholarship Team Challenge
 Nov 8  9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center Trail Clean-up Day

Sign up with Cindy Corrigan, Volunteer Coordinator at  or call 847-931-6770. Please register online using Volunteer UP.

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center welcomes volunteers10 years and up to participate. Volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. ALL volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Please bring a water bottle, wear work boots/tough shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and dress for the weather.

 Volunteer Orientation


Sign up to volunteer

If interested in volunteering register today for a volunteer orientation by clicking on the VolunteerUP icon.                           
Volunteer Orientation Dates
Nov 13  7:00 - 8:00 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room

 Eastside Recreation Center Volunteer Opportunities

High School and College Students it's not too early to sign up to volunteer as a ERC Afterschool or Pre-Learner Teaching Assistant. A great opportunity for students who are thinking about a career in education or recreation. Volunteer positions show future employers and college admission counselors the student's drive and dedication. Such accomplishments demonstrate initiative, personal will and leadership skills. 

Afterschool Teaching Assistant - Assist the staff with activities that promote positive and healthy lifestyles for youth, ages 5 - 12 years old. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, games, homework help, and more.

 Location: Eastside Recreation Center 1080 E. Chicago St
 Dates: August 18 - December 19 Following U-46 Calendar
 Times: Monday - Friday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-Learners Teaching Assistant - Assist the staff with 3 - 5 year olds in classroom activities including, number and letter recognition, reading, games, crafts, story time and more.    

Location: Eastside Recreation Center 1080 E. Chicago St
Dates:  August 18 - December 19 Following U-46 Calendar
Times: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • All volunteers must be 16 years old or older.
  • 18 and under must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
  • Must attend orientation and pass a background check
  • Minimum of a weekly commitment during the school year

 Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Visitor Greeter at Hawthorne Hill - Do you enjoy greeting others and sharing information about nature? Do you answer the phone with a smile in your voice? Are you willing to assist with basic office tasks (filing, sorting, organizing)? Commitment: Minimum of a 3 hour shift once a month. Read more....
All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation and register through Volunteer Up!
Outdoor Work Days
We are planning several work days in upcoming months. No orientation is needed to participate.
 Saturday October 11 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday November 8 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday December 6 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday January 24, 2015 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday February 21 9:00 am - Noon

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. No job is too big or small - extra hands are needed for everything from clearing and preparing the garden to planting to weeding to shoveling dirt!               

 Group Opportunities for All Ages

Schedule your group to volunteer!
Do you get excited working outdoors, keeping the parks clean, and seeing the community working together?  Are you looking for a one day community project to do as a team building event?  Are you looking to build community through adopting a park in your neighborhood?  Are you a team leader that is able to motivate others and work well without direct supervision?

Possible projects:
  • Fall:  Planting bulbs and Trail Clean-up                           
  • Winter:  Picnic table reconditioning
  • Other miscellaneous projects

We are currently scheduling group work days for Fall 2014 and Winter 2015! Contact Cindy Corrigan at or (847) 931-6770 about volunteering as an individual, or bringing a group. We’d love to have you join us! Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is a positive, nurturing place for you to cultivate your interests and work with a great team.



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Kids United

Thank you to all the Kids United and Eastside Recreation Center Camp volunteers!
These programs would not be a success without your generous gift of time and talents.
Our volunteers gave over 1500 hours of their time this summer.
Thank you so much from all of us at Elgin Parks and Recreation!