Volunteer Opportunities
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Eastside Recreation Center Summer Camp

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.

 Days  Location: Times
M-W-F Eastside Recreation Center, 1080 E. Chicago St 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
T-Th  Lords Park Pavilion, 100 Parkwood Blvd 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

        Summer Camp  Summer Camp

 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.  
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Volunteer Orientation Dates

July 9  7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
August 13   7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
September 10   7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
October 8  7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room
November 8   7:00 - 8:30 pm  Centre of Elgin - West Conference Room

Volunteers in Action

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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.

 July 18  9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center  Outdoor Workday
 July 26 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Harvest Market  Parks and Rec Table
 August 22 9:00 am - Noon Hawthorne Hill Nature Center  Outdoor Workday

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.

 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.  

           Earth Day  Earth Day              


Outdoor Work Days
We are planning several work days in upcoming months. No orientation is needed to participate.
 Saturday  July 18 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday August 22 9:00 am - Noon
 Saturday September 19 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

 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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