To engage Oakland Park's diverse community of residents and business owners through multi-media marketing, civic organization networking, outreach events, schools, faith-based organizations and business-to-business contacts 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.
Operation Our Neighbor
Saturday, January 11th, 8:30am
Location: 3481 NE 20TH Avenue,
Operation Our Neighbor is a program designed to assist elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners with yard tasks to bring their property back up to Code and neighborhood standards.
This event will consist mostly of removal and hauling of many neglected potted plants, outdoor furniture and other miscellaneous materials to the curb. Some aggressive tree and shrub trimming, uprooting some plants, weed whacking and clipping is also needed.
This event is suitable for volunteers age 15 and older. Younger volunteers age 12 and over with direct parent or guardian supervision are permitted. Volunteers should check in at the property after 8:00am and complete a waiver form prior to the event.
Gloves and all equipment will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own gloves. Volunteers should wear comfortable casual clothing. Long sleeves and trousers are recommended. It is suggested volunteers bring a hat, sunscreen, and closed toe shoes. Water and snack items will be provided for all volunteers.
Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Monday, January 20th. 11am-2pm.
Collins Community Center, 3900 NE 3rd Avenue.
This fun family event combines a remembrance service and various forms of entertainment and inspiration. Features are a bounce house and music.
Volunteers are needed: 9 am- 11 am to set up of tables and chairs; assist with lunch asset up and prep; traffic flow and parking assistance. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm assist with lunch service; event cleanup and break down; assist with outdoor events. This event is suitable for volunteers age 15 and over. Water and lunch will be provided. Gloves are provided. Wear dress casual clothing - no shorts.
Lakeside Sand Pine Preserve Cleanup
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:30am-noon
2820 NW 27th Ave, Oakland Park
This nature preserve boasts over five acres of native sand pine scrub and plants, walkway, elevated decking and educational shelter. It is also home to many Florida native species including the gopher tortoise. After a brief orientation to the preserve, volunteers will remove invasive plant species, clear and define trails, and maintain walkways. Tools, gloves, beverages and snacks provided. Volunteers should wear long sleeve shirts, pants and comfortable closed toe shoes. It is suggested volunteers bring a hat, sunscreen and your favorite gloves if desired.
This event is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Younger volunteers welcome with adult supervision.
EARTH DAY 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30am – Noon
Location: To be determined
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with a project designed to recognize the importance of caring for our plant life, wildlife and waterways. Projects typically include plantings, shoreline cleanups, or park enhancements.
We encourage volunteers of all ages, including younger children with parental supervision. We’ll provide all the tools and gloves necessary for your participation, along with water and snack bars. You should bring sunblock, closed toed shoes, a hat and your favorite pair of gardening gloves.
Please be sure to let us know you’re coming so we can be prepared with tools and refreshments. More details to follow.
Saturday, May 9, 8:00am – 11:00am
Public Works Facility, 5100 NE 12th Terrace
This hurricane preparedness event is designed make the sandbagging process easy and safe for all ages. Most tasks require little or no bending or heavy lifting. We use sandbagging machines, as well as traditional methods to reach our goal of 1,200 bags each day. We’re in the shade and take frequent breaks. Past participants, from ages 15 to 75, keep returning, giving this event more the feel of a Saturday morning coffee social than a major production line. Younger volunteers ok with parental supervision.
Thanks to past volunteers, we were able to provide 7,000 sandbags to Oakland Park residents in advance of Hurricane Dorian. Participants were well trained and participated in the distribution process in advance of the storm.
Please join us in this very important and meaningful endeavor. We’ll provide gloves, beverages and snack bars. Please be sure to sign up so we can be prepared with supplies.
Directions to 5100 NE 12th Terrace: Head east on Commercial Blvd. Cross Dixie Highway. After crossing the RR tracks, make a U-turn at the first turn lane. After u-turn, take an immediate right turn onto NE 12th Terrace. The Public Works facility will be on your right. A sandbag sign will be out on the street.
Health and Fitness Fun Day
Saturday, May 16, 2020, (time and details to be announced)
Friday, June 19, 3pm-6pm
Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Join the Oakland Park Mayor, Vice Mayor, Commissioners and City Staff as we join in support of this LGBT+ celebration. Participants will meet at the south end of Wilton Drive at the parade start. The parade begins at 5pm and the length is approximately 1/2 mile. The walk takes about 1/2 hour to complete. (Final details may vary and will be updated as needed.)
Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 20, 6:30am – 11:00am
Royal Palm Park, 1701 NW 38th Street
(Meet at the center courts)
Come join us as we celebrate our Dads on their special weekend. This popular event brings parents and children together on the shores of our lakes to share the fishing experience. Participants can win any of several awards, including largest fish, most fish, casting contests and more.
We’re looking for volunteers to help patrol the shores of Royal Palm Park assisting families by providing information, measuring and documenting their catches. It’s lots of fun for volunteers 15 years of age or older. Be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen. We’ll provide the tape measures, clipboards and water
Summer Tree Giveaway and Tree Assistance Program
Saturday, June 27, 2020, 7am-11am
Wimberly Field, 4000 NE 3rd Avenue
This event provides up to three free trees to Oakland Park residents and businesses.
Volunteers will help set up tents, tables and chairs for education stations. Volunteers can assist at these stations, or with selecting desired trees and help with loading into vehicles. There is minimal lifting involved. This event is suitable for age 15 and above.
Volunteers involved with the Tree Assistance Program will follow a city truck to registered qualified residents to deliver and plant desired trees. Tools and gloves will be provided.
Beverages and light snacks provided for all volunteers. It is suggested volunteers bring a hat, sunscreen, closed toe shoes and your favorite gloves if desired.
Senior Appreciation Day Luncheon
Friday, August 21, 2020, 10am-3pm
Jaco Pastorius Community Center, 1098 NE 40th Court
This event celebrates our senior citizens through the availability of a variety of health care education opportunities, free screenings, guest speakers, along with a catered, table-service luncheon. Volunteers will assist with event set up of tables, chairs, decorations and place settings. They can also assist at various booths as needed, and preparing and serving lunch plates. No cooking required.
This event is suitable for age 15 and above. If possible, please wear black pants/shorts and white shirt, or business casual attire. Volunteers will enjoy the catered lunch after seniors are served.
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 5pm-11pm
Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway
This celebration of Latin culture through music, dance, food and activities, is a fun family event.
Volunteers are needed in three main areas:
1. Kids’ Kitchen – Volunteers will hand out chef hats and aprons, help set up and break down tables, replenish food items needed for “Nacho Building”, and cleaning off tables between users.
2. Kids’ Craft Area – Volunteers will assist families and children through varied fun activities.
3. Guest tables – Volunteers will monitor and maintain dining areas between guest use.
This event is suitable for volunteers of all ages, (including those under 14 with parental supervision). Gloves provided. Volunteers should wear comfortable casual clothing.
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.
Join fellow volunteers who have formed a “rapid response” team to eliminate unwanted graffiti and stickers all over the city.
The GRAFFITI PATROL is a community beautification project combining the efforts of the Volunteer Corps, multiple city departments and local partners. This program is designed to address and eliminate the many forms of graffiti, nuisance stickers, and illegal yard signs that can detract from the overall beauty of the City of Oakland Park within 48 hours of reporting.
Graffiti and stickers on our light poles, sidewalks, curbs, bus stops, walls, fences and buildings cause blight and are not representative of the fine city Oakland Park truly is.
Volunteers are provided with a kit of most commonly required spray paint colors, along with spray removal products, scrapers and gloves. Also included are tools to share with residents and businesses to engage them in the process as needed.
This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for licensed drivers with a vehicle. The time requirement is low and flexible. You can photograph, repair and report incidents during the course of your day when found, or respond to a specific request as time allows.