Volunteers support staff by providing leadership for youth through physical activities, games, arts, music, dance, computers, homework help, and more. After-school programs take place Monday-Friday, from 3 - 6 p.m. during the school year at:
Elsie Stuhr Center has a variety of other volunteer positions available. Drop by the center and ask how you can volunteer. Opportunities include bingo, bunco, bridge, greeter, coffee host/hostess, gift shop, Estate and Rummage Sale, Loaves & Fishes, newsletter publication and development, adaptive recreation, teachers, Thursday dance host/hostess, and trip leaders.
Several of our facilities are in need of volunteers to help with summer camps. Volunteers can select their preferred weeks, but some positions may require service throughout the summer. These positions assist staff with organized games, traditional sports and much more!
Jr Lifeguards are welcome at all eight THPRD aquatic centers. To qualify, you must complete a Junior Lifeguard Certification course. This training is offered year-round. Please see the activities guide for class times. If you are already certified, submit a volunteer application here!
Leaders in Training Experience (LITE) (Ages 13-17 & complete 8th grade by June 30th)
Leaders in Training Experience is a summer program for teens interested in developing the necessary leadership and communciation skills to join the workforce. Volunteers interview and train to serve with summer camp programs throughout the district. These teens are coached in camp safety, volunteer expectations, group dynamics, age appropriate learning, and more. They gain valuable work experience, earn school community sevice requirements and have lots of fun!
Parent's Night Out at Garden Home Recreation Center (Ages 14+)
Once a month, parents are able to drop off their children (ages 2-11) at Garden Home Recreation Center so they can enjoy a night out. Volunteers support staff with the supervision of participants, craft projects, as well as setup and tear down for the event.
Park Watch volunteers act as ambassadors of the park district while walking or jogging the trails. Volunteers provide information to park visitors and inform park staff of any problems they may notice. Training is provided. This is a great opportunity to get some exercise and get to know the community while volunteering, and the schedule is flexible.
SafetyTown at Cedar Hills Recreation Center (Ages 12-15)
Responsible, enthusiastic volunteers are needed during this summer program to help provide a safety education program for preschool children.
Volunteers lead a variety of activities including crafts, games and songs, as well as outdoor and other recreational activities that are designed to teach children ages 4 - 6 how to be safe, while still having lots of fun! Volunteers gain valuable work experience while developing leadership skills. Volunteers must attend a training held early in the summer and make a two week volunteer commitment.
Coaches, instructors and support volunteers are needed in the following sports programs:
Basketball Coaches (youth coaches must be accompanied by an adult)
Basketball coaches support our fifth grade and middle school basketball leagues. Volunteers are needed for winter (November-March) and summer (June-August) leagues each year.
The Babette Horenstein Tennis Center conducts a training program for volunteer instructors in the spring and fall of each year. Participants should play at a 3.0 level and commit to extensive training, followed by several months volunteering.
Contact the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center, 503-629-6331
Track & Field Assistant Coaches and Track Meet Officials
Our track and field programs take place in the spring of each year. Track meets are scheduled most Thursday afternoons in April at local high schools.
Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer at track meets! No experience is necessary to volunteer as an official. Coaches (ages 18+) must commit to 2 - 6 hours a week of coaching for 8 weeks.
Check back in spring 2019!
Volleyball Coaches support the girls fourth through twelvth grade volleyball program for the summer and fall leagues.
The Elsie Stuhr Center runs a therapeutic recreation program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. On Monday evenings, from 6 - 8:45 p.m., volunteers assist with dancing, crafts, cooking, and a variety of other activities which enhance participant socialization skills and personal well-being. The program is also in need of volunteer instructors for Adaptive & Inclusion Recreation classes.