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Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

980-314-1000

Key Initiatives

ADA Compliance Info

​Park and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

WELCOME to the VOLUNTEER PAGE for Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation!

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IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! After many months of work, our NEW "VOLUNTEER CONNECT" system is active and NOW OPEN!

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It will now be easier than ever to:

    • Find Volunteer opportunities that fit YOUR skills and interests!
    • Set up a simple account and register for Volunteer projects, programs and events!
    • Share opportunities with your friends and invite them to Volunteer too!
    • Use the FREE mobile app to check your schedule, check in and out at Volunteer sites and/or enter your own hours!
    • Keep track of ALL of your Volunteer time in one place!
    • Earn badges for reaching goals 😊
    • And much more!

>>> Check out the new site at: Park & Recreation Volunteer CONNECT (Brought to you by Galaxy Digital)


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CHECK OUT THE OCTOBER EDITION OF THE "VOLUNTEER NEWS" HERE:

VOLUNTEER NEWS October 2021.pdf


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      CleanUptheWorld.jpgWORLD CLEANUP DAY WAS A BIG SUCCESS! 
        ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18, Park & Recreation hosted Volunteers at 6 locations:
        - Cordelia Park & Little Sugar Creek Greenway
        - McDowell Nature Preserve (Waterfront)
        - James Boyce Park/McAlpine Creek Greenway
        - Frazier Park/Irwin Creek Greenway (Mecklenburg County HHS Green Team)
        - Mallard Creek Greenway/Clarks Creek Greenway (EPRI)
        - Mallard Creek Recreation Center and Park (Muslim Community Center of Charlotte)
        At these locations, a total of 60 Volunteers removed approximately 1200 pounds of litter and debris from Parks, Greenways and Nature Preserves – in one day! 

        Park & Recreation extended this initiative through the week previous to September 18 – so during World Cleanup WEEK, an additional 40 Volunteers removed another 800 pounds of litter and debris from: Thereasea Clark Elder Park (Coca Cola Consolidated), McMullen Creek Greenway (InVue), Park Road Park (Slalom) and Stewart Creek Greenway (Sealed Air). 
        THANK YOU SO MUCH TO OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS!

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A great way to spend an hour at lunchtime on Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00, getting outdoors and helping in your community. 

REGISTER HERE: Park & Recreation Volunteer CONNECT

      • October 5 - Five Points Park, 200 French Street, 28216
      • October 12 - Sheffield Park, 1311 Tarrington Avenue, 28205
      • October 19 - Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Midtown, park at 727 Charlottetowne Avenue, 28204 
        • November dates to be announced... 

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Trash.jpgCome join the "TRASH TRACKERS"! Explore a different location each month while you connect with people and nature, all while making a positive difference in our community by removing trash from our Nature Preserves and Parks! Volunteers will be equipped with litter pick-up sticks and/or gloves. Pre-registration is required. *Anyone under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent/adult.

  • Friday, October 29, 9:30-11:30am - Berryhill Nature Preserve, 10334 Walkers Ferry Rd, 28214
  • Friday, November 26, 9:30-11:30am - Iswa Nature Preserve, 9909 Wilkinson Blvd, 28214

>>>> REGISTER HERE: Park & Recreation Volunteer CONNECT

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Have you had a GREAT TIME Volunteering with Park & Recreation? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT!  Click on this link to complete our quick-and-easy survey:

Park & Recreation Volunteer Survey


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Calling All Coaches.jpgSIGN UP NOW TO COACH YOUTH BASKETBALL! 

Registration for the Youth Basketball JUST OPENED as of October 4th!  PLEASE SIGN UP TO COACH NOW, AS THE APPLICATION/BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS TAKES TIME – THANK YOU! *If you have coached with us before, we'd love to have you back - most applications from 2020 have now expired.


CONTACT VolunteerServices@MeckNC.gov for the application link - Please have a Recreation Center in mind where you would like to Coach (or we can help you with that!) - SIGN UP TODAY! 

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Therapeutic & Inclusive Recreation Services PROGRAMS

>>>>>>> SIGN UP to Volunteer HERE: Park & Recreation Volunteer CONNECT

Sports.jpg>>> BLIND SPORTS DAY

LOCATION: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, 28210

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 16, 9:00am-4:30pm

We are welcoming people of all ages with visual impairments to join us for a variety of sports, information and lunch! Through the day goalball, soundball, soccer, running, cycling, yoga and more will be offered for participants to try! We need 10 Volunteers to assist with set up/tear down, help with sport activities, and guide participants to different sport stations. *You must be at least 18 years old to Volunteer with this program.

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>>> CREEPY CRAWLER'S BALL - Offered for teens to adults, ages 13 and up with disabilitiesSpooky.jpg

LOCATION: Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, 28210

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 29 - 5:30pm-8:30pm

Wear your best costume to the annual Halloween dance! We are asking 4 to 5 Volunteers to decorate the trunks of their cars for "Trunk or Treat." After Trunk or Treat, Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with the dance by monitoring the dance floor, socializing with participants, and assist with clean up.

*You must be at least 18 years old to Volunteer with this program.

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"PARK PICKERS" - Do you carry a plastic grocery bag with you everywhere? Do you collect the papers, bottles, cans, and Styrofoam that storms and people leave behind? Do you LOVE your Parks and want to help care for the environment? If you answered YES, YES, YES, then you are a PARK PICKER, and we’d like to THANK YOU!

CLICK on the “I’m a PARK PICKER” link below and answer a few quick questions, so that we can see WHERE you helped out and HOW MANY bags of litter you picked up! Post a photo and you may see yourself on our Instagram account (@meckparkrec).  P.S. – PLEASE stay safe in the Parks while you’re “picking” – ALWAYS wear gloves, and NEVER handle anything sharp or hazardous! THANK YOU for being a PARK PICKER!

I'm a PARK PICKER!

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SCOUT PROJECT INFORMATION Feb2021.pdf

SCOUT PROJECTS Staff Approved June2021.pdf


- If you would like to schedule a GROUP PROJECT in a Park for your company, church, Scout troop, university, club, neighborhood association or community group...PLEASE CONTACT US! We will be happy to arrange a date from September through November! CONTACT: Karen.Howard@MeckNC.gov  *Social distancing and any other health recommendations will continue to be observed!*

We will do our best to post any changes in a timely manner - contact Karen.Howard@MeckNC.gov or call 980-314-1046 if you have any questions about upcoming Volunteer opportunities. Thank you!

>> To request a modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Therapeutic & Inclusive Recreation Services staff at 980-314-1192 or email TRInfo@MeckNC.gov

Volunteer Power.jpgQUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? CONTACT: VolunteerServices@MeckNC.gov 
 We LOVE our Volunteers, and we want to make it EASY for you to come and help your community! Here are a couple of things you need to know:

- For some Volunteer opportunities, you need to enroll in our Volunteer Program - enrollment includes an on-line application and a background check. For Volunteer Screening Guidelines click on the link below.

- You MUST register/enroll in the Volunteer Program to be a Coach for any sport; or to assist with an ongoing program on a regular basis, IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY (Example: tutoring once a week, teaching ESL).  To receive the application link, if needed,  please contact VolunteerServices@MeckNC.gov 

 - You do NOT need to enroll in the Volunteer Program for one-day events or projects, or to help with a program ONE time, or for less than 10 hours total (Example: chaperoning ONE field trip for an after-school program; Volunteering for a Park project).

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At this time Park & Recreation is not accepting court-ordered community service placements. Watch for updates after January 1, 2022.  

PLEASE NOTE:

- Background checks will be conducted for all applicants age 16 and up when enrolling in our volunteer program.

- Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old.

- Volunteers working with Therapeutic & Inclusive Recreation Services must be at least 18 years old.

Volunteer Screening Process 11.30.20.pdf

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Address

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

980-314-1000

Key Initiatives

ADA Compliance Info

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