Beyond Lawn Signs: Ten Reasons to Volunteer

Lawn signA recent editorial in The Bee opined that “2015 has been a year of disgruntlement in Inner Southeast,” over issues connected with zoning changes, residential infill and more. “Some residents seem frustrated that these things go on, and react with lawn signs,” observes the editor. But “lawn signs are unlikely to bring about change.”

Well, maybe it’s time to get “re-gruntled.” To help define what activism beyond the lawn can look like, here are ten reasons to volunteer with the Woodstock Neighborhood Association.

  • Connect with neighbors. Meet, network and collaborate with others who live, work and do business in Woodstock.
  • Get rooted. Embrace the small-town atmosphere of Woodstock and cultivate community close to home.
  • Be a Friend of the Woodstock Community Center. We are lucky to have our very own community center. Make a solid contribution to the neighborhood by donating time to the “Friends” group that helps maintain the WCC in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation.
  • Make an impact by sharing your expertise. WNA has “good bones” and volunteer board members with a variety of skills and experience. You may be just the person we need to round out our team.
  • Hone valuable skills in a supportive environment while building your résumé. Organizational and communication skills needed to run an all-volunteer organization are critical in the business sphere as well.
  • Be a mover and shaker. WNA provides a channel for information and a forum for discussion and action on many different issues that impact our neighborhood.
  • Organize the project or event of your dreams. WNA has a ready-made support structure just waiting for your initiative and leadership.
  • Get rewarded. Some employers actually offer bonuses to employees for donating time to nonprofit organizations.
  • Have a good time. Oh yeah; volunteering can be fun!
  • Make a great neighborhood even greater. Need we say more?

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