Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteerpalooza Save the Date! 
Join us on Saturday, April 25th for Volunteerpalooza! People of all ages are invited to the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to learn about volunteer opportunities from dozens of organizations in the Elgin area. This free event is put on by the Elgin Volunteer Coordinators Network, and will also feature other fun activities including prizes, entertainment and games. 

Get Involved

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.

 Mar 21  CANCELLED Hawthorne Hill Nature Center  Outdoor Volunteer Workday
 Apr 17 10:00 am - Noon Eastside Recreation Center  Pond Clean Up
 April 18  9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center  Outdoor Volunteer Workday
 Apr 25 10:00 am - 2:00 pm The Centre of Elgin  VolunteerPalooza!
 May 11-15  9:00 am - 11:00 am The Centre of Elgin P&R Admin  Graduation Hat Assembly
 May 14  9:00 am - Noon The Centre of Elgin P&R Admin  Graduation Program Stapling
 May 16 10:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center   Outdoor Volunteer Workday
 May 23  6:30 am - 9:30 am Corner of Kimball & Douglas  Fox Trot Assistant

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

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Volunteer Orientation is your first step in learning about all of our volunteer opportunities. We truly have something for everyone. All new volunteers must attend orientation, sign a waiver and have a background check.

If interested in volunteering register today for a volunteer orientation by clicking on the VolunteerUP icon.  
Volunteer Orientation Dates
Apr 9  7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
May 14  7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
June 11   7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room

 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....
Tot Time Nature Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers to assist with set-up and take down of play equipment, check-in parents and children by swiping membership pass and ensuring waiver forms are signed. Other responsibilities include maintaining a safe play environment during nature exploration and play (parents are present during play time).          
Wednesdays from 10:00 - Noon. Bilingual is helpful, but not required.
All new volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation, sign a waiver, and complete a background check.  

Hike N' Story


Outdoor Work Days
We are planning several work days in upcoming months. No orientation is needed to participate.
 Saturday March 21 CANCELLED
 Saturday April 18 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday May 16 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!  Great opportunity for groups, teams, clubs and individuals.               
The Centre of Elgin

ndoor Track Rover
- Are you like me? Do you like to hibernate in the winter and need a reason to get out of the house? As the weather gets colder the indoor walking track gets busier. Meet new friends and just enjoy visiting with the track users while they sign in. Volunteers will refer questions to the fitness desk staff and communicate the track safety rules. You can even walk a few laps yourself. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week from 5 - 7 pm. It's a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise at the same time.   

Walking Track              


 Eastside Recreation Center Volunteer Opportunities

High School and College Students it's not too early to sign up to volunteer as an ERC Day Camp 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. 

Day Camp Assistant - Assist the staff with activities that promote positive and healthy lifestyles for youth, ages 3 - 13 years old. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, games.

 Location: Lords Park Pavilion 100 Oakwood Blvd
 Dates: June 8 - August 7
 Times: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Contact Information

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!


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Westminster Volunteers

Thank you to all our Parks and Recreation Volunteers!