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Youth Scholarship Fund Assistant
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Volunteers are needed to assist participants with the application process for the Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund.

 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am - Noon, 4 - 5 pm The Centre of Elgin, Centre Manager's Office

The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register for recreational programs.
ERC Summer Camp Assistants
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High School and College Students, it's not too early to sign up to volunteer as a summer camp assistant. It is 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 and leadership skills.

 All new volunteers must:
  • Attend orientation
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Sign a waiver and have a background check
  • Commit to a weekly minimum
 Benefits of Volunteering:
  • Gain new skills
  • Add to your resume
  • Impress admission officials
  • Show responsibility

 Assist the Eastside Recreation Center staff and team leaders with activities that promote positive and healthy lifestyles for youth. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, games, field trips, swimming and more.

 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
 Eastside Recreation Center
 Tuesday, Thursday
 Lords Park Pavilion and Pool

For more information, contact Cindy Corrigan at or 847-931-6770.
Preschool Dance Recital

 Preschool Dance Recital Photo Assistant
 June 21 1:30 - 6 pm  Hemmens Cultural Center
Help with the Parks and Recreation Preschool Dance Recital Picture Day. Volunteers will help check in students as they arrive at the Hemmens.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and sign a waiver.

 Preschool Dance Recital Usher and Box Office Assistant June 22  6 - 9 p.m. Hemmens Cultural Center
Volunteer ushers will hand out programs, collect tickets for the performance and proved direction to the seat or escort the ticket holder to the seat location if needed.

Box Office Assistant will hand out tickets at will call and assist the box office staff with other needs.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and sign a waiver.

Safety Town Assistant
Assist the Safety Town Camp Staff with the one week program for 4 -6 year old children, that teaches lessons on stranger danger, pedestrian, bicycle, fire and water safety. During this week children learn by role playing, riding tricycles in a replica town and practicing pedestrian safety.

 June 13 - 17 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Centre of Elgin
 June 20 - 24 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Gifford Elementary School 
 July 18 - 22 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Centre of Elgin

All new volunteers must:

  • Attend orientation
  • Be at least 14 years old
  • Sign a waiver and have a background check
  • Commit for the full week

 Volunteer Orientation
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

 May 12  7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
 June 1  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Centre of Elgin - Pioneer Room

Volunteers in Action

Earth Day                           Sign up to volunteer
Discovering the wonders of seeds!
 Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Outdoor Work Days
We are planning several work days in upcoming months. No orientation is needed to participate.

 Saturday May 21 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Saturday June 18 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Saturday July 16 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Saturday Aug 22 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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.

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center welcomes volunteers 10 years and up to participate in outdoor work days. 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 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.

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.  

           Earth Day  Earth Day              

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!     

Special Events
 IL Brews  IL brews at bowes

Join the fun at Illinois Brews @ Bowes Creek, volunteers will help with set up and clean up, raffles and tastings, while keeping everything organized and running smoothly.

We invite you to be part of this great event for an even greater cause...to support the Elgin Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. This fund was created to provide financial assistance to children in Elgin whose families cannot afford to register them for recreation programs. Every dollar raised from this event goes directly to the Elgin Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and sign a waiver. 

 September 10, 2016 3 - 8 p.m. Bowes Creek Country Club

 Harvest Market

Represent Parks and Recreation at a table to promote nature exploration, volunteer opportunities and programs at the Harvest Market booth. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and sign a waiver.

The market is located across from GBPL at the public parking lot, so dress for the weather and bring some ice water!

 September 15, 2016 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Parking lot west of The Centre

Thank you to all our Parks and Recreation Volunteers!

Soccer Coach