V.I.S.I.O.N. (Volunteers in Service in Our Neighborhoods)
The Westerville Parks & Recreation Department cherishes the tireless efforts, talents and dedication of our V.I.S.I.O.N. (Volunteers in Service in Our Neighborhoods) volunteers. Each year, hundreds of Parks and Recreation volunteers contribute more than 8,000 hours of service to help make programs and initiatives possible.
From coaching youth sports teams to planting trees in city parks, there are many ways to volunteer through the V.I.S.I.O.N. program. Time commitment ranges from just a few hours a year to a regular weekly schedule. To get involved check out the opportunities on our new VOLUNTEER PORTAL.
Possible Volunteer Opportunities
Special Events Volunteer
From Party at the Creek to Snowflake Castle and the Halloween Treat Trail, volunteers are crucial to the success of many of our larger events during the year. Opportunities to help at special events are always arising.
Path Watch Volunteer
The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department and Westerville Division of Police are asking citizens to take responsibility for the paths they travel, just like they do in their own neighborhoods. The goal of Path Watch is to have citizens assist in making our paths as safe and enjoyable as possible. Being a Path Watch Volunteer involves citizens getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance, being trained to recognize and report suspicious activity and implement crime prevention techniques.
The Junior Leader Program provides young adults the opportunity to develop the social, emotional and mental skills necessary for future success in the workplace. Junior Leaders will spend the summer volunteering at summer camps at the Community Center assisting camp counselors. Interested youth can pick up an application form from the Westerville Community Center beginning April 1st or download a copy here. Applications will not be accepted after May 1.
Community Center Volunteer
With an array of events, programs and classes happening daily at the Community Center, there is always a need for an extra set of hands. You can volunteer at the Westerville Community Center by setting up and tearing down events and serving as a host/hostess or kitchen helper at larger functions. There is also an opportunity to become a program assistant or a youth sport coach.
Senior Center Volunteer
The Senior Center not only provides invaluable programs to its members, but also serves the Westerville community. Within the Senior Center, you can assist as a program leader, library organizer, newsletter aide or help at special events like the monthly Pancake Breakfast, Grandparent's Day or the annual Garage Sale. There are also ways to give back outside the Senior Center building at fundraisers and community events like 4th Fridays, Honor Flight initiatives and our youth reading program.
Park Maintenance Volunteer
Every October, the community is encouraged to take part in Make a Difference Day at Boyer Nature Preserve. This is event is focused on planting new trees while removing invasive honeysuckle and shrub species at the park. Other opportunities for groups to participate include general gardening, landscaping and park clean-up, which can be arranged through the Parks Maintenance Department, (614) 901-6590.
Boards and Commissions
There are two advisory boards that directly support the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department. These boards and commissions play a vital role in Westerville's local government by evaluating matters of special interest and when appropriate, making recommendations to City Council. Click here to learn more about these groups and how to get involved.