Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
WDSRA’s mission, the development of individuals through recreation, makes it possible for more than 4,500 individuals served to grow personally, connect with their community and discover their potential.
WDSRA is an award winning organization and has been providing recreational and social opportunities to individuals of all ages with disabilities since 1976. WDSRA is a cooperative extension of nine park districts serving the communities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton and Winfield.
Join the WDSRA Team!
At Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), it is the people who make the difference in the lives of people with special needs every day. As a volunteer, seasonal or full-time staff member, consider bringing your time and talents to WDSRA, where competitive wages and flexible scheduling are offered. Experience is a plus but WDSRA will train. This is a great part-time job for teachers, education or special education majors, and students (high school-age and over). Learn more: https://www.wdsra.com/employment-volunteers/
The Conservation Foundation is a non-profit land and river protection organization founded in 1972. The support of more than 3,500 members and 500 volunteers helps the organization carry out its mission to preserve and restore open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of the environment in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, Illinois.
VIEW: Conservation Foundation volunteer advisory council’s compiled list of Best Places for Nature Rx (PDF)
City of Wheaton
Wheaton, Illinois, is a distinctive community of almost 53,000 residents situated just west of Chicago. Residents and visitors are drawn to the blend of big-city comforts and small-town charm that makes Wheaton an excellent place to live, work, shop and play. From its top-ranked schools and picturesque downtown to its historic neighborhoods and dynamic community, Wheaton is a comfortable place to call home.
Wheaton Public Library
Originally founded in 1891, Wheaton Public Library overlooks beautiful Adams Park in downtown Wheaton and features friendly service, up to date collections, several public computers, ample parking, a full service café, and free programs for all ages. WPL was voted Large Business of the Year in the Best of Wheaton awards for 2016 and 2018.
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is a nationally recognized conservation agency that envisions a community in which all citizens share a connection with nature and an appreciation for cultural history. Their purpose is to acquire, preserve, protect and restore the natural resources in DuPage County while providing opportunities for people to connect with nature.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost.
Illinois Park & Recreation Association
The mission of the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. IPRA leads the nation in providing premier education, networking, and resources for professionals in parks, recreation, and conservation.
National Recreation and Park Association
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities, NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 60,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.
Milton Township C.E.R.T. (Citizens Emergency Response Team)
The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911.
Wheaton School District 200
District 200 is located in DuPage County and primarily serves the communities of Wheaton and Warrenville, as well as portions of Carol Stream, Winfield, West Chicago, and adjacent unincorporated areas. The district operates a total of 23 facilities:
1 Early Childhood Center
13 Elementary Schools
4 Middle Schools
2 High Schools
1 Transition Program
2 Operational Centers – School Service Center and Woodland