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Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)

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Celebrate Ability

Northwest Special Recreation Association offers inclusion assistance for children and adults who have disabilities within the 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Supporting a child's desire to feel included among their typically developing peers can be equally rewarding for the volunteer and the child who has a disability. A wide range of opportunities are available including sports programs and before or after school activities. Inclusion assistance might range from repeating directions to pushing a wheelchair to helping a child make a new friend. In October 2013, NWSRA received the National Parks and Recreation Association’s Excellence in Inclusion Award for its efforts toward enhancing inclusion experiences for individuals with disabilities into park district programs.

Examples might include:

After school program Monday - Friday 2:40-6:00, school year, Elk Grove

Tae Kwon Do Saturdays 9:40AM - 10:30AM, Buffalo Grove

Swim Lessons 9:00AM - 9:50AM, Bartlett

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About Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)


3000 Central Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, US

Mission Statement

NWSRA exists to create outstanding opportunities through recreation for people with disabilities. Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF), the fundraising arm of NWSRA, provides funding toward scholarships, accessible transportation, inclusion opportunities and more. If you are interested in fundraising opportunities, check out the options below: To make a donation to SLSF today, click here! To check out upcoming SLSF events, click here!


At NWSRA, children and adults with disabilities make friends, have fun, be included, go new places, learn new things, and celebrate their lives! Formed in 1974 to provide recreation services to individuals with disabilities, NWSRA is an extension of 17 member park districts within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA is the largest of all special recreation associations and is a leader among peers with over 14,000 program registrations in more than 2,000 programs annually.

Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible through e-mail to confirm that you have been accepted to the volunteer team and that you have been placed in your preferred program. Volunteer applications are processed once per week, please allow at least 5 business days for your application to be processed.

*Letters of Verification for Volunteer Hours*
If you need a letter of verification for your volunteer hours, please contact Jocelyn at Specify in the email if you would like to letter to be mailed, scanned and emailed, or to be picked up at the office. Please allow at least 5 business days to receive the verification.


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Locations varyRolling Meadows, IL 60008



  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • Child Care
  • Relationship Building


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • flexible

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