Volunteer Application for Children's Discovery Museum
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Children's Discovery Museum! Before you jump right in we'd like to get to know you and teach you about the museum through our Volunteer Orientation and Training Class that takes about 60-90 minutes. Please, select the Orientation and Training Class that best fits your schedule when completing the application below.

Volunteering at the Children's Discovery Museum is an extraordinary way to give back to your community all while having a great time! Through our dynamic volunteer program, you can help during annual fundraising events or on an ongoing basis in our hands-on exhibits, programs, special events or administrative office. Help out and have fun!

Applicants must be at least 13 years of age to engage as an individual volunteer. Applicants who are over the age of 18 years must successfully pass a background check before volunteering at the CDM.

If you have already taken the Volunteer Orientation Class contact Amy Pitzer at apitzer@normal.org or 309-433-3448 for available volunteer shifts.
First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Permanent Home Address *
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Phone number *
Birthday (MM/DD/YYYY) *
Age *
Employer / School *
Does your employer match funds for volunteer hours?
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If completing volunteer hours for school credit or any other purpose please list the class or program that you are completing hours for.
Total volunteer hours required for class or program?
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS - Do you have any allergies, medical conditions and/or limitations that we need to consider or accommodate?
Why did you choose to apply to the Children's Discovery Museum? What do you hope to gain from this experience? Please, explain. *
What type of volunteer position are you interested in? (Check all that apply)
How did you learn about volunteering at the CDM? Please, choose an option below.
Emergency Contact Name (First and Last Name) *
Emergency Contact Phone *
Emergency Contact Email *
Emergency Contact Relationship *
Preferred Volunteer Orientation and Training Class (Select 1) *
I agree to the Volunteer Waiver and Background Check release (if over 18), please read release below and agree or disagree. *
{{{Volunteer Waiver and Background Release}}} The Town of Normal is committed to conducting its programs and activities in a safe manner and holds the safety of volunteers in high regard. The Town of Normal continually strives to reduce such risks and asks that all volunteers follow safety rules and instructions that are designed to protect the volunteer’s safety. However, volunteers must recognize that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to volunteer for any activity or program. Please recognize that the Town of Normal carries only limited medical accident coverage for volunteers; therefore, it is strongly urged that all volunteers review their own health insurance policy for coverage. Additionally, each volunteer is solely responsible for determining if he/she is physically fit and/or properly skilled for any volunteer activity. It is always advisable, especially if the volunteer is pregnant, disabled in any way or recently suffered an illness, injury or impairment, to consult a physician before undertaking any physical activity. {{{Warning of Risk Despite}}} careful and proper preparation, instruction, medical advice, conditioning and equipment, there is still a risk of serious injury when providing volunteer services. Understandably, not all hazards and dangers can be foreseen. Volunteers must understand that depending upon the volunteer services, certain risks, dangers and injuries due to acts of God, inclement weather, slip and falls, inadequate or defective equipment, failure in supervision or instruction, premises defects, horseplay, carelessness, lack of skill or technique, and all other circumstances inherent to the particular volunteer services exist. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for the Town of Normal to guarantee absolute safety. {{{Wavier and Release of all Claims and Assumption of Risk}}} Please read this form carefully and be aware that in consideration for providing volunteer services, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages or loss which you may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with your volunteer services (including transportation services/vehicle operations, when provided). As a volunteer, I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to volunteers in this program/activity, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity, that I may sustain as a result of my volunteer services. I further agree to waive and relinquish all claims I may have (or accrue to me) as a result of my volunteer services against the Town of Normal, including its officers, officials, agents, volunteers and employees (hereinafter collectively referred as “Parties”). I do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Parties from any and all claims for injuries, damages, or loss that I may have or which may accrue to me and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with my volunteer services. {{{Background Check Permission}}} I give the Children’s Discovery Museum/Town of Normal permission to run a background check on me, including a criminal background. By executing this release I authorize any recipient of a copy of this document to release any and all information concerning me to the Town of Normal for the purpose of performing an employment background check. Under penalty of law, I verify I have not been convicted of any crime against children or any crimes identified in 225 ILCS 10/4.
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