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Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events – We have a variety of opportunities available at numerous events throughout the year. Help sell tickets at Taste of Champaign-Urbana, be a zombie at Zombie Run, stuff and scatter Easter eggs, and more.

Prairie Farm – Volunteers are needed May – August that love to work with animals and want to learn all about life down on the farm.

Virginia Theatre – Every performance utilizes several volunteers in the following areas: ticket-takers, users, concessions, crowd control, and merchandise. Be a part of the theatre experience!

CUSR – Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is looking for fun energetic people to help with everything from one-time special events to weekly Special Olympics sports practices to daily after school programs. www.cuspecialrecreation.com

Cultural Arts – We have a variety of programs from pottery to belly dancing that can always use a helping hand. We also invite instructors to volunteer their time to teach art classes of their own.

Preschool – Our early childhood programs include our art-focused Art Smart Kids, our kindergarten readiness program, Busy Bees, and our relaxed activities program, Creative Playtime. We also need help in the summer months whit our kids ages 3-6! 

Day Camp/Afterschool programs – Our summer day camps and afterschool programs are looking for responsible leaders to help with daily activities. We host day camps at Douglass Community Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, and Springer Cultural Center. Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation also needs volunteers to help with their camp and afterschool programs.

50 Plus! – The 50 Plus! program is always looking to volunteers to help with games, activities, potlucks, and more at Hays Recreation Center and Douglass Annex.

Teen Volunteering

If you are at least 13 years of age, enthusiastic, hardworking, and willing to learn, we can coordinate volunteer hours for you. This is a great opportunity to acquire new skills, gain valuable work experience, and complete high school volunteer hours. 
Teen volunteers are only permitted to work a maximum of 25 hours per week.

A waiver must be printed, signed and mailed/dropped off:

Volunteer Coordinator
Hays Recreation Center
1311 W. Church St., Champaign IL 61821

For more information, please contact  Ashley.Sims@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3926.

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