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​Park and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

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

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IT'S "SPOOKY" HOW AMAZING OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE!

*MANY PARK & RECREATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN "ON HOLD," but a growing number of Park, Greenway and Nature Preserve projects are being scheduled now! Please check out the information below and in the "Volunteer News" for upcoming opportunities to help!

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 CALLING ALL SHUTTERBUGS! We want your photos...

Look for wildlife! Take photos of animals, birds, insects, plants, flowers, scenic views, etc.

  • UPLOAD your photos TO THIS LINK - your pics may be posted to Park & Recreation's social media!

  • KEEP SAFETY FIRST! Observe all social distancing and public health directives.
  • When you go walking, take a small trash bag and gloves with you – pick up trash along your walk, place in a trash receptacle and then WASH YOUR HANDS.
    • Always wear gloves; avoid sharp or heavy objects; and please stay out of streams/water.
  • Check us out on Facebook for NEW videos and more: https://www.facebook.com/MeckParkRec/
  • Follow us on Twitter @meckparkrec or Instagram meckparkrec

Pumpkin.pngCheck out the OCTOBER EDITION of the "VOLUNTEER NEWS":

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"A WALK IN THE PARK" Cleanup Projects - Sign up today to help keep your favorite Park or Greenway clean and healthy by picking up trash! A great way to spend an hour at lunchtime on Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00, getting outdoors and helping in your community. 

*REGISTER AT THIS LINK FOR FALL: Park and Rec Volunteers: FALL Walk In The Park Cleanups

    • October 20 @ Tuckaseegee Park, 4820 Tuckaseegee Road, 28208
    • October 27 @ Camp Greene Park, 1221 Alleghany Street, 28208
    • November 3 @ Sugaw Creek Park, 943 West Sugar Creek Road, 28213
    • November 10 @ Little Suguar Creek Greenway, 2524 Tyvola Road, 28210
    • November 17 @ Toby Creek Greenway, Lowe's/1100 Chancellor Park Drive, 28213

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SATURDAY PARK PROJECTS ARE HERE - Help keep YOUR Parks clean and beautiful! Each Volunteer must REGISTER AT THIS LINK: Park and Rec Volunteers: Saturday Park Projects

Volunteers will benefit their community and the environment – and support Park & Recreation staff! – by cleaning up trash and debris, picking up tree limbs, etc. All Saturday projects are 9:00am – 11:00am

  • Volunteers 12 years old and up are welcome; anyone under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent/adult at all times.
  • Please bring your own work gloves, face covering and water supply – for health and safety.

*Project dates and/or locations are subject to change - Spaces are limited!

  • Saturday, October 24 - "WEED WARRIORS" at McDowell Nature Preserve, 28278 - 9am-11:30am
  •  Saturday, November 7 - Latta Nature Preserve, Huntersville, 28078 - Garden cleanup
  • NEW! Saturday, November 7 - Thereasea Clark Elder Park, 6315 Rockwell Church Road, 28269
    • Neighborhood cleanup with Keep Charlotte Beautiful! 2 shifts available - 9:00-10:30am, 10:30am-12:00

QUESTIONS? Contact Karen.Howard@MeckNC.gov for more information about Volunteering for any project with Park & Recreation!

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- 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 for you. Karen.Howard@MeckNC.gov  *Social distancing and any other health recommendations will continue to be observed!*

- If you have already registered as a Coach or other ongoing Volunteer position, remember that your application will remain in force for a full year; and that you will be welcome to Volunteer with us later in the year, once facilities have reopened and sports can begin. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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!

Volunteer Power.jpgTo sign up to Volunteer, CONTACT US at: 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 (Example: tutoring once a week, teaching ESL).  To enroll in the Volunteer Program, please contact us at 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 Saturday project).

Please note:

- Criminal record 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

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Address

Office Location:

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

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Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

980-314-1000

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close alertCounty services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400