Help a child with special needs! Become a Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Play Pal volunteer.

Monday, December 08, 2014

​Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to help youth with special needs participate in after school and summer camp programs. As a Play Pal, you will be assigned to a child who has special needs. The type of assistance you will provide varies. For example, you might help youth who need assistance moving from one place to another. Or you could provide one-on-one assistance to allow an individual to fully participate in sports and active games. 

As a volunteer, you will join the team that implements Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation. The child, parent, and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation program staff are also integral parts of this team.

A 2-day per week commitment is required from each volunteer, although a Monday through Friday commitment is ideal. Training is provided, although prior experience as a direct care assistant, nurse or a health related position is ideal. Some past experience in the field of recreation is also helpful. Play Pal volunteers must be at least age 18.

Those interested in volunteering should apply online at  For more information about Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Play Pal volunteer opportunities, please contact Colleen Wittig at or (757) 385-0444. 

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation offers quality before school, after school, break and summer programming concurrent with Virginia Beach City Public School schedules at designated elementary and middle schools, as well as Virginia Beach Recreation Centers. Students participate in engaging, interactive and exciting games and activities that keep their minds and bodies energized when they’re not in school!  We offer reasonable accommodations to enable an individual's successful participation in our programs and services. 

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit or sign up for our email newsletters at​. Find us on Facebook at​