4 fun ways to serve your community as a volunteer youth coach or event helper this fall

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Make a difference this fall as a volunteer coach or help with Parks and Recreation special events and service projects! These opportunities allow individuals, groups, students, and businesses to contribute to our high-quality programs and facilities.

Volunteers must submit a waiver and be at least 16 years old unless otherwise noted. Those younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Here are four opportunities for you to get involved:

Annual Fall Fest & Haunted House

The Lincoln Recreation Center hosts its Annual Fall Fest & Haunted House on Thursday, Oct. 20. Multiple volunteer shifts are available from 4-9 p.m. to help with set-up, carnival games, face painting, joy jumps, and more.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear family-friendly costumes and closed-toe shoes. All shifts are outdoors, and volunteer vests are provided. You can park at the Wayne Smith Athletic Complex at 107 Holleman Drive, only a short walk away. Sign-up online or by calling 979-764-3779. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 14.

Youth Basketball Coach

Teach basketball fundamentals and help kids develop skills while learning the value of hard work, practice, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Experience isn’t required, and we provide the resources you need for a fun and successful season.

The league runs from Nov. 28-March 9 and requires a three-day-a-week commitment. Games are played on weeknights between 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday practices are between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Apply online or call 979-764-3486. You must be at least 18 years old and complete a background check.

Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park returns Dec. 2-3 at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. Each day, multiple outdoor shifts are available from 4:15-11:30 p.m. to help with hayrides, cookies and hot cocoa, photos with Santa, snow slides, and more. Bilingual volunteers are also needed for information booths.

Dinner and volunteer vests are provided. Parking is available at Post Oak Mall (JC Penney side), and shuttles run from 4 p.m.-midnight. Sign-up online or by calling 979-764-3540. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 18.

Group Service Projects

Help clean and beautify our community! Worthy single-day and annual projects are available for any group size or type. Projects include park and creek cleanups, planting, and weeding. Staff reviews your request and identifies the best project for your group.

Groups must have at least one adult supervisor for children under 18. To sign up, complete the group service project form and email it to parks@cstx.gov.

For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or parks@cstx.gov.

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Kelli Nesbitt has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 17 years, the last nine as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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