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!

 July 19 9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center Community Garden Day
 Aug 23 9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center Community Garden Day
 Sept 13 9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center Community Garden Day

Sign up with Cindy Corrigan, Volunteer Coordinator at  or call 847-931-6770. Please register online using Volunteer UP. Volunteers, 10 years and up, are welcome 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.
                                             Sign up to volunteer If interested in volunteering register today for a volunteer orientation by clicking on the VolunteerUP icon.                                                                 
Volunteer Orientation Dates
July 10, 2014  7:00 - 8:00 pm  Centre of Elgin - Pioneer Room
Aug 14, 2014  7:00 - 8:00 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
Sept 11, 2014  7:00 - 8:00 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
Oct 9, 2014  7:00 - 8:00 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room

Summer Camp Opportunities

High School and College Students it's not too early to sign up to volunteer as a summer 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. 

Eastside Recreation Center and Lords Park - Youth Summer Camp Assistant
- 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, special event days, swimming and more.

 Location: Monday, Wednesday & Friday  Eastside Recreation Center
  Tuesday & Thursday Lords Park Pavilion
 Dates: June 9th - August 6th   
 Times: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Kids United Activity Assistant - Assist the liaison officer and team leaders in this free program for Elgin youth. Kids United creates a positive environment for youths to make informed and responsible decisions, while challenging and supporting the development of life skills. Activities include arts & crafts, sports, movies, cooking, substance abuse prevention and more.

Location: Abbott Middle School, 949 Van Street
Dates: June 9th - August 6th

Activity Assistants  Monday & Wednesday      Ages 9 -12  3:45 pm - 9:00 pm 
   Tuesday & Thursday  Ages 13 - 17  4:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Field Trip Chaperones  Friday    8:00 am - 4:00 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 summer

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!
Community Garden Days
Our new Naturalist, Molly Center, is creating a new Community Garden. Come out, meet Molly and get involved in this ground breaking project. We are planning several work days in June and July.

 Saturday  July 19th 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday August 23rd 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday September 13th 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: 
  • Spring/Summer:  Litter pick-up – needed daily, mulching and raking material on to playgrounds, trash pick-up on right of ways.
  • Fall:  Planting bulbs
  • Winter:  Picnic table reconditioning
  • Other miscellaneous projects

We are currently scheduling group work days for Summer/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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