- Updated on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 7:33 pm
Albany Parks & Recreation offers a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at sites across the city. Every year hundreds of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds with just as varied abilities and motivations come to our city's parks, recreation facilities, and offices to help with programs and special events. Volunteer aides are always needed at community events and extra hands are always welcome in parks, gardens, and natural areas. Individuals, including high school and college students fulfilling community service requirements, and groups – from businesses, schools, clubs and churches -- help out. No experience is necessary. Ongoing and one-day projects are available. Contact Albany Parks & Recreation at 541-917-7777.
So How? It's Up To You!
Albany Parks & Recreation's volunteer program is good for volunteers and the community. Volunteers allow the department to increase services, provide on-the-job experience, and raise public awareness of how to protect and preserve natural and historic resources.
Children's Performing Arts Series
What happens when you bring together children, the community and a variety of performing artists? Albany Parks & Recreation Department's Children's Performing Arts Series (CPAS). For over 20 years, this series has brought a diverse array of performers to entertain and educate children and their families. CPAS provides the Albany community an opportunity to experience the world of theatre, music, puppetry, acrobats, magic, and juggling. For many young children, it is their introduction to live performance. For some, sitting in the audience is the gateway to a whole new world. Volunteers are needed to usher, set up and clean up for the performances.
Fun In The Park is the perfect opportunity to keep children physically active while engaging them in creative play and building their socialization skills – for free. Each week through the summer brings new activities, new games, and new adventures to a different neighborhood park. Volunteers assist with games and craft activities.
Have you spent lazy Thursday summer evenings in Monteith Riverpark, relaxing by the river while music filled the air? Have you thought, "I wonder how I can be involved in the City's award-winning River Rhythms concert series, if only someone would ask me to help?" Here is your chance to make a difference and keep the music playing.
Concerts are held most Thursday evenings in July and August. Volunteer opportunities are available the day before and the day of the shows. Volunteers are needed in barricade and lot preparation, line painting, site preparation and set-up, site takedown, parking lot monitoring, pre-concert art activities, and as basket passers.
Northwest Art & Air Festival
The award-winning Northwest Art & Air Festival is the last weekend in August. The three-day festival includes a juried art show and sale; hot-air balloons lifting off every day at dawn; the Friday balloon Night Glow; a concert in the Oregon Amphitheater on Saturday night followed by fireworks; activities at Albany Municipal Airport; and food and live music throughout the weekend. Volunteers are needed as greeters, crowd counters, shuttle cart drivers, fireworks monitors, booth sitters, site preparation and set-up, site take down, children's art area assistants. and parking lot monitors.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Albany Senior Center. Senior volunteers donate approximately 14,000 hours per year. Join these dedicated individuals who share their time and talents with others. Opportunities exist for office help, mailings, decorating, kitchen help, food preparation, greeters, kiosk attendants, library help, room set-up and preparation, room tear-down and clean-up, and gift shop workers.
Parks, Facilities & Urban Forestry
Adopt-A-Flower Bed is designed to encourage community involvement by individuals, community organizations, businesses and neighborhood associations. Therapeutic benefits of gardening are well documented and not only enhance the look of the community but help volunteer gardeners cope with day-to-day stress and increase physical activity.
Opportunities come up throughout the year for cleaning up and helping to maintain parks, facilities, trails and natural areas. Volunteers of any age or ability are invited to participate in these work parties; tasks may include planting trees and shrubs, removing non-native plants, facility cleaning, and light trail maintenance.
Urban trees provide benefits that are fundamental. Clean air and water, cooler streets and homes, beauty, and wildlife habitat are essential elements to the health and comfort of any community. Albany is fortunate to have an extensive urban forest. An urban forest consists of all the trees and vegetation within a city. This includes all of the trees that line our streets, trees in parks, natural areas, parking lots, and residential yards. Volunteers are needed to assist with the Arbor Week activities each spring. Additional opportunities are available based on individual skills.
Parks office staff can always use help with special projects, organizing training materials, creating and formatting documents, creating presentations, and conducting administrative/office duties including answering phones, helping visitors with questions, copying, filing, and faxing.
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