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Eugene, OR 97401
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Volunteer with Recreation
Recreation has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in sharing their time and talent. Volunteers play a vital role working together with staff to create safe, healthy and livable communities and recreational opportunities for all.
Contact Gayle Hein at 541-682-6327, fill out our
Volunteer Interest Form
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Adaptive Recreation Services
Adaptive Recreation Services, located at Hilyard Community Center, offers a diverse range of recreation activities and classes to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Activities include:
Services in other recreation programs and classes
Skill-building and fitness classes
Social skill groups
Trips and excursions
Opportunities are available at various sites, seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Assist instructors in weekly classes and skill building activities
Help with special events including set-up and clean-up
Provide individualized help to select patrons
Support, encourage, and socialize with participants
Campbell and Petersen Barn Centers offer a variety of recreational, educational and social services for adults 50 years and older. Programs and services are designed to strengthen networks, link older adults to community services and offer transitions to changing life situations.
The centers also offer opportunities to meet new friends, develop interests, learn new skills, increase fitness levels and share experiences.
Opportunities are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and some evenings and weekends. Volunteers may:
Assist in the kitchen with meal preparation and clean-up
Assist with classes or trips
Help at the front desk making appointments and answering questions and the phones
Instruct classes and/or assist with special events and other activities as needed
Supervise the Wood Shop at Campbell Center
Supervise the free computer lab
Help with recycling and composting efforts
The Aquatics program operates two year-round facilities and one summer season facility serving more than 250,000 patron visits annually. Eugene’s swimming pools offer swimming and water safety instruction, competitive programs, water fitness, specialized aquatics programs and recreational and lap swims.
Fitness centers at the two year-round facilities also provide land fitness opportunities for patrons from early morning to late evening. The pools also offer a variety of year round special events.
Opportunities are available daily at various pools, locations and times. Volunteers may:
Assist with light maintenance
Do other jobs as needed
Help instructors in the learn-to-swim programs
Help with special events
The Athletics program offers recreational and competitive sports leagues for adults and coordinates the use of City and school district athletic facilities. The program's mission is to promote active lifestyles and encourage physical fitness, mental well-being and social interactions.
Opportunities are limited. Volunteers are needed to:
Help set-up and cleanup for special events and tournaments
Help with fundraising and assisting staff during athletic competitions
The Outdoor program is part of the Youth and Family Recreation Services program with the mission to create opportunities that inspire a lifelong passion to imagine, explore, learn, grow and contribute. Besides offering a variety of outdoor camps, wilderness trips and experiences for ages 7 and older, it also provides Challenge Course training and instruction and skill-building classes in skiing, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
Opportunities exist in a variety of activities and classes for individuals who have solid skills in outdoor recreation including rafting, kayaking, sailing, skiing, hiking and challenge course facilitation. Volunteers may:
Assist staff in class leadership and skill instructions
Conduct challenge course events
Drive the vans
Teach classes or lead trips
Work one-on-one with participants
Summer in the City - Downtown
Summer in the City - Downtown events begin in June at the Broadway Plaza. Most events are free and family friendly with a canned-food donation to the Relief Nursery.
For 2010, the City of Eugene brings downtown alive with music, dancing, circus arts, fashion shows, skateboard demonstrations and other activities.
Opportunities are available on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 30 through August 25. Volunteers assist with:
Answering questions and possibly clean-up
Collecting donated can goods
Other duties as necessary
The Bethel Teen Court and West Eugene Teen Courts conduct peer hearings to recommend consequences for first-time juvenile offenders cited for non-violent misdemeanors and violations. The court is run by students trained in the concept of restorative justice and adult attorneys acting as judges. They help youth offenders take accountability, make amends and earn the right to apply for early record expunction.
This alternative is authorized by the Lane County Department of Youth Services as a diversion program. Youth volunteers must live or attend school in the Bethel district or Churchill high School attendance area. Youth volunteers develop skills in decision making, cooperation, public speaking, law and ethics while helping their peers and improving their community. Most schools accept Teen Court hours to meet community service requirements.
The court office is at Petersen Barn Community Center, with hearings held at that location and also near Churchill High School. Hearings occur about twice a month on Thursday nights in Bethel and on Wednesday nights in West Eugene. A one-time orientation is required for jury service and further training is available for other courtroom roles.
Youth age 12-17 serve as jurors, case presenters, defendant advisers, court clerks, bailiffs and Spanish-language interpreters and participate in trainings and orientation meetings. Volunteers may:
Adult volunteers may serve as courtroom jury monitors
Attend hearings and recommend consequences for first time juvenile offenders and help their peers accept responsibility for crimes using the concept of restorative justice
Attorneys may volunteer their time to serve as judges at the peer court hearings
Youth and Family Services
Youth and Family Recreation Services provide neighborhood based programs for youth and families managed through three centers: Sheldon, Petersen Barn and Amazon.
More than 2,500 activities are offered annually, including:
Before- and after-school enrichment activities
Family Fun Nights
Skill building classes
A variety of programs that encourage physical fitness and outdoor recreation
Opportunities exist at various sites throughout the city Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and occasionally in the evenings. Volunteers may:
Assist instructors and leaders in conducting activities and classes
Help at special events
Help in out-of-school time or child-care programs, camps and field trips or special events
Working with individuals ages two and a half to adult
CITY OF EUGENE OREGON
125 East 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Eugene, Oregon 97401
Ph: 541-682-5010 Fx: 541-682-5414
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