needs from: Heart of West Michigan United Way

Volunteer: Display your landscaping talents along Kalamazoo Avenue

Do you have a green thumb or enjoy digging in the dirt? Help us beautify Kalamazoo Avenue by maintaining the trees and bio-swales in the parkways. We have tools. You can work at your own pace and schedule.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: 1 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Recruit Neighborhood Residents to Recycle & Improve the Environment

We want to help neighborhood residents save money and reduce their ecological footprint by recycling more and throwing less into the landfill. By recycling they can earn MyGRCityPoints to spend on discounts at local businesses or bus tickets. Help neighborhood residents learn about this opportunity.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Refurbish Bikes with Us! Boston Square Community Bikes

We promote affordable, sustainable transportation by providing a workshop where anyone can learn to repair their bike for free and by refurbishing donated bicycles for sale. We will teach you simple repairs as you help us get more bikes on the road.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: 1 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Distribute Fliers in the Neighborhood

We communicate opportunities and events to neighborhood residents by delivering fliers to their doors. This important project is great for small groups and those that want to get exercise in the outdoors.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: 1 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Construct Simple Benches for the Neighborhood

We construct simple Leopold benches to place in micro-gardens around the neighborhood. These gardens provide vegetables, grow flowers, and create places for neighbors to sit, read, and interact.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: 1 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Neighborhood Tree-Mapping

We have been planting trees in the neighborhood and want to plant more. Trees beautify the neighborhood, reduce greenhouse gases, slow storm-water drainage, cool the neighborhood, and increase property values, , Help us expand the tree canopy in our neighborhood by finding the trees that are here and where we can plant more.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: 1 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Recruit neighborhood businesses for walk-to-work job opportunities

We want to connect with neighborhood businesses to support them and invite them to support the neighborhood by offering jobs to neighborhood residents. Walk-to-work job opportunities allow employees to work close to home and avoid the burden of car-dependence.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Youth Mentoring and Tutoring

Help us nurture and develop youth in neighborhood schools such as Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, River City Scholars Charter Academy, and Campus Elementary School. Mentoring and tutoring can help neighborhood youth achieve academic success and become the next generation of leaders.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Digital Storytelling for Neighborhood Development

We want someone to help us tell neighborhood stories with writing, social media, photography, video and more. Help us tell stories in creative and compelling ways on a variety of platforms.

 

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Information and Computer Technology Advice & Consulting

We need someone with strong IT or computer skills to help us improve our simple computer systems and network. This project could include email, webhosting and design, social media, networking, and printing.

 

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Oakdale Neighbors Board of Directors

Oakdale Neighbors needs a strong board of directors to provide guidance and governance to a dedicated and hard-working staff. We are looking for board members with specific skills or with a passion for or interest in neighborhood and community development.

 

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Prepare Tax Returns for Lower Income Families

Can you help lower-income families receive important tax credits and refunds? Did you know that tax credits reduce poverty, promote work, improve the school performance of children, and help our neighbors pay important bills or generate savings? We'll provide the free training, materials, equipment and support that you need to be an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer. Training will take place in December and January. A team of volunteers from Oakdale Neighbors will prepare tax returns on Thursday afternoons and evenings in February and March.

Agency: Oakdale Neighbors
Volunteer Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 49507
Allow Groups: Yes