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Volunteer Opportunities

In order to volunteer for the Champaign Park District, one must complete a General Volunteer Application before signing up to volunteer.

Fall 2021 Volunteer Opportunities


Sat, 10/23 – 9a-5p, Hessel Park
20 volunteers – Help set up, assist with crafts, direct participants, and clean up at the end. 2-3 hour shifts available.


Sat, 10/23 – 9:30-12p, Hessel Park
5 volunteers – Help set up, direct runners, assist at the finish line, and pack up. Shifts of varying length available.


Wed, 10/27 – 1-10p (2 hour+ shifts available), Market Place Mall
50 volunteers – Help set up parade route and trunk-or-treating, pass out candy, organize contests, and other duties.


Sat, 10/30 – 11-3p, Douglass Community Center
20-30 volunteers – Help run games and activities.


Sun, 11/7 – 7-11a, Dodds Park
25 volunteers – Help set up and work water stations for this annual fundraiser for the CUSR Scholarship Fund. Click here for CUSR Cupcake 5K Volunteer Sign Up.


Sat, 12/11 – 11a-2p, Douglass Community Center
5 volunteers – Help run activities and games.


Sun, 12/12 – 11a-5p, Virginia Theatre
10 volunteers – Help with activities, trolley rides, photos with Santa and the Grinch.

Virginia Theatre

Please see the current Virginia Theatre schedule for more information on events.

Questions: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926

Champaign Park District Volunteering Overview

Sports Coaches – Are you passionate about sports? Be a volunteer coach and share your love of the game with kids in the community. In our youth sports programs, we believe that winning has less to do with the scoreboard and more to do with core values of Sportsmanship, Opportunity, Fun and Instruction.

Complete our Youth Sports Coach Volunteer Application today! >>

Special Events – We have a variety of opportunities available at numerous events throughout the year. Help sell tickets at Taste of Champaign-Urbana, become Santa for one night to make children smile, 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.

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 with our kids ages 3-6!

Summer Explorers/Afterschool programs – Our summer explorers and afterschool programs are looking for responsible leaders to help with daily activities. We host summer explorers at Douglass Community Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, and Springer Cultural Center. Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation also needs volunteers to help with their summer 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 volunteer@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926.

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