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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Block Watch
  • Work with block watch leads if your block has an established block watch.  These are on 10th – 15th on the slopes side of Carson; 12th – 17th on the river side of Carson; 16th – 19th on the slopes side of Carson and 20th – 26th on the slopes side of Carson
    • Welcome new students to your block.
    • Work with the universities and block watch leads if the student housing become problematic.
    • Inform new residents about the refuse regulations
  • Contact Robert Cavalier at 412-381-6082 if you are interested in establishing a block watch in your area.
  • Join in on periodic cleanups with neighbors and, at times, university students.
Graffiti Watch

Opportunities

  • 2-3 hours (9am-noon) once a month (March – October) to paint over identified graffiti along Carson and side streets
  • Report graffiti so that it can be removed; notify Graffiti Watch at graffitiwatch@gmail.com.
  • Fundraise for paint and supplies.
  • Participate in South Side Mural Project currently happening in conjunction with In Your Back Yard (IOBY).
    • Help develop an artist registry
    • Identify potential mural sites.  Document location and contact information of property owner.
    • Assist with grant finding and writing grant proposals
    • Assist with fundraising – individual, business, corporate.
    • Help prepare applications for Arts Commission and Hsitoric Review Board submissions.
    • Prepare press releases and publicity.
    • Create and manage public art website.
    • Prepare walls for mural and assist during mural execution.
    • Monitor murals and mural sites for damage and graffiti on mural and surrounding area.
    • Help monitor and maintain Fox Way transformation site.
    • Help develop a walking tour of historic and mural sites.
Green n’at Committee

Opportunities

  • 1 hour twice a month weeding 11th and Carson (March – October)
  • 1 hour twice a month weeding garden at entrance to Riverfront Trail Park (March – October)
  • 1 hour twice a month weeding garden at 12th and Sarah (March – October)
  • 1 hour twice a month weeding garden at Dog Park (March – October)
  • Join planning committee for Esser Plaza renovation (2 one hour meetings each month)
  • Become a member of Green N At (identify and prioritize beautification projects, help design University clean up days, partner with Bandi Schaum Community Garden in events and beautification efforts, plan fundraising activities for beautification efforts in the South Side) 
Historic South Side Home Tour

The Historic South Side Home Tour occurs each May.

  • Volunteers are needed to do one or more of the following:
    • Inform the committee of houses that might be suited for our home tour
    • Volunteer on the day of the tour
    • Lead the committee to businesses for ads and sponsor
Tree Committee

Opportunities

  • Clean the riverside trail. Meet periodically during the spring/summer/fall to clear weeds, dead trees, etc. along the trail generally on Saturday mornings.
  • Plant street trees twice a year (spring and fall) that are provided by the City.
  • Mulch and weed existing tree pits as needed throughout the year.
  • Pick an area of your choice (your block, several blocks etc.) to weed and/or spray weed killer (which will be provided) and pick up trash every two weeks or as needed.
South Watch

Opportunities

  • A code enforcement monthly meeting during which time is devoted to talking about refuse regulations, violations and remediation.  
  • Volunteers monitor their block for refuse violations, talk to their neighbors or place an orange compliance notice on their door.  If it is not remedied after two notices, volunteer would need to add info onto a spreadsheet so that the South Watch committee could file a 311 service request which would be routed to Environmental Services.  They will also need to keep track of properties that have been remediated.
  • Volunteers may also want to attend the meetings to learn about what is happening on SS and how city officials and residents are solving issues.
  • Volunteers share concerns about houses with code violations that have not been remedied through the 311 service request process.
Stories of South Side – Oral History Project

Stories of South Side – Oral History Project

  • Join the host committee to plan the event that will be the kickoff to a year long storytelling project
Website
  • Take pictures of homes and other neighborhood attractions that showcase our community in a positive way.  These will be used on the website.
  • Meet periodically to discuss what information would be helpful to residents on the South Side