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Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)

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Celebrate Ability

NWSRA exists to provide outstanding recreation opportunities for children and adults who have disabilities. One way we meet that mission is to provide Saturday morning programming that engages children, youth and adults in activities that help develop their social, cognitive and physical skills. Program vary, as do locations. For more information about our Saturday programming please email Jake Joyce at jjoyce@nwsra.org.

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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 Jake at jjoyce@nwsra.org. 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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VariesRolling Meadows, IL 60008



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Child Care
  • Music Therapy
  • Baking
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dance


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time commitment varies based on program
  • First time volunteers must complete a 1 hour training prior to placement

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