Kendall Whittier Main Street is actively seeking community members who are interested in getting more involved in the programs and projects the organization will host in 2023.
“As the Kendall Whittier Main Street Board of Directors and staff begin planning for 2023 this fall, we are seeking fresh perspectives and looking to expand the number of participants making decisions on the organization’s behalf,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street.
While the number of members on the Board of Directors does have limitations based on the organization’s bylaws, committee members and task forces have more flexibility in the number of volunteers.
Committees make recommendations to the Board of Directors for just about all the organization’s programming and projects throughout the year. They brainstorm, report to the Board and then execute the projects.
“They’re really the heart of the organization, beating and giving life to everything we do,” Jackson Seay said. “For those interested in being on the Board of Directors eventually, active participation in a committee or task force is one of the best ways to get started.”
Committee opportunities include:
Activations & Promotions – getting people to KW & ringing cash registers!
Design + Beautification – making KW an attractive, accessible place for all
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility – ensuring the organization & its programming is inclusive
Fundraising – raising money to complete all the great programs the other committees develop
Organization – volunteer recruiting & retention, business relations, strengthening the organization itself
There are also event-specific task forces:
Arts Festival – Our biggest event of the season, October
Los Festivales y Mercados series – a three-event cultural series, July, September, December
Committees generally meet for one hour monthly at regular times. Days and times vary by committee. Task forces meet more frequently as events get closer, but less frequently in the “off” season.
Not ready to commit to a full committee?
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“We recognize that volunteer hours are truly someone’s most precious resource because it’s their time,” Jackson Seay said. “For those who can’t commit to being a part of a regular committee but still want to be involved, there are other volunteer opportunities with KWMS.”
Kendall Whittier Main Street has an event every month through the end of the year, and volunteer shifts for events are generally about two-hours long.
Los Festivales y Mercados: Día de la Independencia* – Sept. 17
Kendall Whittier Arts Festival* – Oct. 15
Small Business Saturday – Nov. 26
Los Festivales y Mercados: Posadas – Dec. 17
* volunteer sign-up sheets are currently available
Additionally, other projects come up on occasion that can use volunteer support. For instance, this month, KWMS volunteers will be installing new planters and beautiful plants and flowers to fill them.
There’s also opportunity to volunteer in the office for various tasks depending on your schedule and interest. This could include delivering posters, filing paperwork, organizing, cleaning, addressing envelopes and other similar projects as needed.
“It all really depends on a person’s interest and availability,” Jackson Seay said.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all volunteer support, including serving on committees, is eligible for most volunteer programs for students and adults. For more information or to get involved, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural district in Tulsa, striving to create vibrancy in Kendall Whittier’s commercial areas. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.