Volunteer FAQs

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How do I apply?

How do I apply?

When viewing the opportunity, click on the “APPLY” button to sign up for the opportunity. If you do not have a volunteer profile, you will need to create one in order to apply. Some volunteer opportunities are drop-in which means that you do not need to apply; this will be noted in the requirements of the opportunity.

Is there a background check?

Is there a background check?

Some positions require a background check. If one is required, it will be listed under the “Requirements” section on the opportunity details page.

Does the Forest Preserve District place court-ordered community service volunteers?

Does the Forest Preserve District place court-ordered community service volunteers?

For cases facilitated through the Cook County Court Administrator’s office that have been assigned to a case manager or adult probation officer, please contact Monica Fife-Ivy for more details: monica.fife-ivy@cookcountyil.gov or 708-771-1051.

 

For court appointed community service with no case worker, we refer volunteers to our weekend workday volunteer opportunities. To find a Volunteer Opportunity that works for you, click here to visit our Online Volunteer System search page. Look for Opportunities with the word “restoration” in the title. Sign up online and then contact the site leader to make sure that they can sign any documents you have.

Will you train me?

Will you train me?

The appropriate training is provided for all volunteer opportunities.

I have a suggestion

I have a suggestion

Great! Contact the Volunteer Resources office at 773-631-1790 volunteerFPD@cookcountyil.gov

Am I covered by County insurance?

Am I covered by County insurance?

The County does not carry accident or injury (Workers’ Compensation) insurance on volunteer staff and cannot assume responsibility for any accidents or injuries.

Can my child earn student service learning hours?

Can my child earn student service learning hours?

Most volunteer opportunities can provide service learning hours. Every opportunity has a contact person listed, check with them for more details.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Is there a minimum age requirement?

The age requirement varies by opportunity; the opportunity details page list the minimum age for each opportunity.

Can I volunteer with my family?

Can I volunteer with my family?

Some volunteer opportunities are appropriate for families; this will be noted in the requirements of the opportunity. You may also contact the listed contact person for more details.

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