To engage Oakland Park's diverse community of residents and business owners in effort to educate, recruit and utilize volunteers by providing varied, meaningful and appropriate opportunities in which to participate for the betterment of the City of Oakland Park and its stakeholders.
Involves ongoing participation throughout the year.
Adopt A Storm Drain
You may have a storm drain in your yard. There may even be several in your neighborhood. Residents and business can now ADOPT A STORM DRAIN in your area. Simply keep the drains clear of leaves, trash and other debris that limit the flow of rainwater.
This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and families of all ages. Physical requirements are minimal. There is no major equipment required to participate. Gloves, a broom, a rake, and trash bags are all that’s needed.
FERAL FRIENDS PROGRAM
The City of Oakland Park has embarked on a program to address concerns about feral cats using the “TNR” approach. TNR (trap, neuter, return) has proven to be the only effective method for stabilizing and reducing the number of cats in feral cat colonies over time, in some situations all the way down to zero. TNR is also the only humane method to accomplish this. The City is proud to partner with local animal shelters and hospitals and respect all life by embracing this approach.
We have numerous volunteers who coordinate and share all aspects of this intricate process including identifying colonies, feeding, trapping/releasing, transporting, temporary housing and adoption. The task is ongoing, but the goal remains to humanely address the reduction, as well as the health and safety, of feral cats in our neighborhoods. We could ALWAYS use more help. Volunteers will need their own transportation. If you are a lover of animals, please contact us to learn how you can become involved.
PARK CLEANUP CREW
The Volunteer Corps has stepped in to assist the Parks Maintenance team in keeping our parks clean and attractive throughout the week. Members of the Park Cleanup Crew have elected to dedicate select days to help eliminate trash, broken limbs, palm fronds and anything else that detracts from the beauty of our parks. Through their coordination, the volunteers have taken the basic and simpler daily chores from staff, allowing them more time for pressing repairs and upgrades that may be needed. This opportunity is appropriate for volunteers 15 years of age and older. Appropriate supplies are provided to support their efforts.
Our senior population, at times, can experience vulnerability, isolation and loneliness, especially in times of natural disaster or emergencies. Our Phone Buddy volunteers reach out to our residents to ensure they have someone to talk with when needed, be a resource with updated emergency information, and a liaison with our Fire Rescue team when preparing for potential disasters. Volunteers will need a kind heart, patience and a willingness to keep in touch with their buddy on a schedule agreeable to both the resident and volunteer. Call now to see if there's a "buddy" for you.
Events will be added as we emerge from the current Covid-19 pandemic. You will be notified via Helper Helper.