Volunteer

At Cantigny Park, we would have a hard time imagining day-to-day operations without the help of our volunteers. In fact, we couldn't do it without them. Our volunteers are a wonderful mix of generous, dedicated, and talented people who help make Cantigny what it is. If you are interested in joining our dynamic volunteer corps for special events or on an ongoing basis within one of our departments, opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Why Volunteer?

  • Share your passion and knowledge as your participation directly and positively impacts our visitors.
  • Widen your social network by sharing your interests with like-minded individuals.
  • Free parking any time that Cantigny is open to include free admission to concerts and other special events.
  • A discount on classes at Cantigny.
  • A 10% discount at the Cantigny Shop and the Cantigny Golf Pro Shop.
  • A 10% discount on food and beverages (nonalcoholic only) at all Cantigny restaurants (must present valid volunteer ID, discount includes one guest).
  • Invitations to the annual Spring Kick-off Luncheon and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
  • An invitation to the Cantigny Staff/Volunteer Summer Picnic.
  • Awards for 100, 300, 500, and 1,000 hours+ of volunteer service.

What are the Requirements?

  • Desire to share your passion, knowledge and time with others.
  • Dedication to the mission of the McCormick Foundation and Cantigny Park.
  • Open-mindedness and patience to work with a diverse public and staff.
  • Integrity in representing the Robert R. McCormick Foundation with the highest standards.
  • Reliability to commit to the minimum number of hours required by your position. (Many Cantigny Park volunteers commit approximately 3-4 hours per week.)
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must like to have fun!

How Do I Get Started?

Review the opportunities currently available below and complete the interest form. It’s as easy as that!

Once your form has been reviewed, it will be passed on to the appropriate department’s volunteer coordinator. If we have openings, the coordinator will contact you and arrange for a convenient time to meet one-on-one to discuss the opportunity further and complete the application process. On-the-job training and supervision are provided for all volunteer positions. If we do not have any openings, you may still complete the form and we will keep it on file for future opportunities.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Education and Program Assistant

Assist educators with program preparation, set-up, and clean-up; Assist educators with implementing lessons for programs and activities; Assist with children’s craft projects and activities at special events; Desire to work with children of all ages in both indoor and outdoor settings; Able to withstand hot and humid conditions during the summer and cold during the winter when conducting outdoor programs; Physically able to walk, sit and stand to assist with conducting programs and activities.