Kendall Whittier Main Street is seeking project ideas from Kendall Whittier businesses and residents for a new initiative: Kendall Whittier Community Day.
“We created Community Day as a way to bring Tulsans together to support Kendall Whittier business owners and to keep the district looking beautiful and welcoming,” said Sydney Alison, KWMS community engagement coordinator.
KW Community Day will take place on Saturday, April 9, and will be hosted in conjunction with Tulsa Changemakers and TU Service Day.
Businesses and residents should submit project ideas online here before 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 17. A committee will review projects and choose the most impactful – and doable – projects to move forward with.
“By the end of February, groups and potential volunteers should be able to sign up for specific projects and specific hours they’d like to volunteer,” Alison said. “When Community Day comes around, you’ll be able to report directly to the project location and get started!”
Potential project ideas should benefit a specific Kendall Whittier business or a public space in Kendall Whittier. All projects must be appropriate and suitable for volunteers of all skill levels. Main Street will supply basic needs, such as trash bags, gloves, etc., for approved projects.
Those submitting projects will be notified by Feb. 25 whether their project was selected. The number of projects submitted will depend on the requested hours, total volunteers and project needs.
“We want to make sure that KWMS will be able to provide enough volunteers and supplies for these projects, and that we have a good variety of projects and volunteer needs so folks can find the project they are most interested in,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, KWMS executive director.
Projects that support a business or KW commercial property should be submitted by the business or property owner. Projects can be for the inside or outside of the property/business.
Potential project ideas include but are not limited to re-organizing merchandise, painting, planting flowers or improving a courtyard to exterior, deep cleaning and other such projects.
Businesses submitting projects are responsible for supplying water for volunteers, trash disposal and specific materials needed, such as paint, lumbar and plants. They are also responsible for supervising the volunteers and work during their project’s time.
Projects submitted by residents should be for improving a public space in Kendall Whittier.
Potential project ideas include small improvements to a public park or greenspace, graffiti removal, trash pick up or other benefits and needs. Projects should be visible from a public street or sidewalk.
Residents may submit a project idea for a piece of private property only if they have written approval, submitted to Main Street, from the property owner on the specific property.
Residents who submit projects may choose to be the project lead and supervise the project but are not required to as part of the submission. The number of projects without a project lead that can move forward will be limited.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.
To learn more about KWMS or to get involved, go to visitKendallWhittier.com. Interested parties may also call or text 918-633-1934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.