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Transcript of Volunteer
Thank you for volunteering with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Each year more than 7,000 individuals like you volunteer in more than 150 different volunteer opportunities.Volunteers are an integral part of keeping our citizens active and engaged and keeping Arlington's green spaces beautiful.
Before you start...
All volunteers age 18 and older
submit to a criminal history background check.
State law requires that individuals who have committed specific offenses be barred from working/volunteering in parks and recreation centers.
This is a criminal history background check ONLY. DPR does not check credit reports or immigration status.
Choosing to Volunteer
Please review the current volunteer opportunities on our web site if you have not already done so. Once you log in, you can select the opportunity that most interests you.
If you have registered but are not sure what would be the best fit for you, the DPR Volunteer Office will contact you to review available volunteer opportunities.
Requirements for each position vary, and you may be asked to interview for specific volunteer positions.
Once you have registered and your background check is processed, you are ready to volunteer.
The program manager for the volunteer opportunity you selected will contact you with your next steps to begin volunteering. This will include specifics about dress for your volunteer position, orientation and location specific information (parking, sign in, etc.).
On your first day as a DPR volunteer, your program manager will go over your roles and responsibilities with you. They will also provide you with a brief overview of their work unit, and introduce you to their staff members and other volunteers. You will be shown your work space (if the position provides for one) and given task-specific instructions to help get you started.
Recording Your Service
We ask that you log your volunteer hours. This way we can recognize your service and provide you with a record of that service if you need it for school or community service verification.
If you are unsure of how to log in your hours online, please contact the Volunteer Office. We will send you a tutorial that walks you through the process step-by-step.
The Right Fit
DPR strives to make volunteering an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone. However, if you feel that your volunteer assignment is not a good fit for you please contact the Volunteer Office so we can work toward finding you an opportunity that better suits you.
As a volunteer, you are entitled to a performance review from your program manager after one year or 100 hours of volunteer service.
As a volunteer you will also receive our quarterly newsletter and updates about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Every year, we ask volunteers to rate their experiences and DPR's customer service. Please take a few minutes when you receive the survey to let us know how we're doing.
On behalf of the Department of Parks and Recreation,
Parks and Recreation
Volunteers -- Ready, Set, Go!
Your Volunteer Position
Along Your Journey