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Volunteer with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
We rely on a strong volunteer base to provide programs, activities and services to the residents
and visitors of Chapel Hill. Volunteer opportunities are varied.
There are weekday and weekend opportunities depending on the project or event. Some activities
are regular and on‐going while others are one‐time events where you can volunteer for a few hours.
We provide orientation and training including recognition. We accept volunteers ages 14 years
and above depending on the activity.
Benefits of Volunteering
The success for many of our programs depends on volunteers who share our same passion for people, sports, events, cultural arts,
and recreation activities. We believe volunteers are a vital part of achieving our goals for the community and they bring new
perspectives and ideas to our team.
Our Mission and Values
The Town builds upon a foundation of 7 key values called R.E.S.P.E.C.T.-- Responsibility, Equity, Safety, Professionalism, Ethics,
Communication, Teamwork. The Town’s mission is “Learning, serving and working together to build a community where people thrive.”
The Parks and Recreation Department's mission reflects the values of the Town, “To provide exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities in beautiful, sustainable environments.”
Types of Volunteers
We have three categories of volunteers within the Parks & Recreation Department. We accept teens (ages 14-17) as well as adults (ages 18 and above). Click here to learn more information on each type VOULUNTEER HANDBOOK.
· Short-Term Community Service Volunteers: Community Service volunteers are individuals who wish to volunteer on a temporary basis for 25 hours or less. This can include approved service learning credits required by an education organization; caring and sharing residents; and groups such as scouts, schools, service clubs, churches, businesses, professional and fraternal organizations.
· Longer Term or On-going Temporary Volunteers: Volunteering for more than 25 hours that can last for a semester, or longer. Volunteers can choose a regular schedule on a weekly or monthly basis. Interns are also included in this category.
· Court-ordered Temporary Volunteers: Possible volunteer opportunities for individuals who are required to provide community service hours as ordered by a judge or as a condition of probation.
Volunteer Opportunities and Application
Community service & volunteerism are a valuable investment in the community and people of Chapel Hill. Please select your volunteer job carefully! Review your schedule prior to committing and know what hours you're expected to participate. Find out how to submit the forms from each program's coordinator.
Volunteers who work with our vulnerable populations are asked to complete and submit a background check and volunteer agreement at least five business days before beginning to volunteer.
Adapted Aquatics Starts September 13!
Volunteers are needed to help youth with developmental disabilities learn to swim on Wednesday evenings, starting Sept. 13. Choose from two classes (or help with both): 6:30-7:15 to 7:30 - 8:15 pm at Homestead Aquatics Center. You should be able to commit to all weeks of the session(s). You'll help kids practice what the instructor teaches. You don’t have to swim well or have experience teaching swimming-Aquatics Instructor will guide you.
Submit your application as soon as possible. Gain experience working with people with disabilities/special needs and add it to your resume. For more information, contact Marian Kaslovsky or call 919 968-2813.
Volunteer Youth Basketball Coaching positions now available. Season runs from March-June. Coaches needed for Coed teams ages 7-8, Boys teams ages 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15, and Girls teams ages 9-12. Coaching application - basketball 2016-17
Festivals and Community Events
Be a part of a fun and enriching experience by helping with Chapel Hill community events. Volunteer duties can include helping with set-up, assisting with performance stages, monitoring events and/or helping with clean-up.
For dates of upcoming events and to apply to volunteer online, please click here.
Hargraves Community Center
Volunteers needed to assist with computer classes, after school tutorials, Study Hall and special events.
Volunteers are needed to help with coaching and one day activities, fundraising or administrative tasks.