Our November Neighborhood Thanksgiving Potluck needs YOU!
Oak Park Neighborhood Association
Thur, Nov. 5th: 5:30-7:45
Oak Park Community Center
3415 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Come break bread with your neighbors, meet with friends (old and new), and join us as we discuss and advocate for Oak Park.
We would love your help–Community doesn’t happen without you! How can you volunteer?
- Bring your neighbors and friends!
- Consider joining us early at 5:00-5:15 to help us set up the room
- Consider bringing a bite to eat for our potluck!
- Cider/Non-Alcoholic Drinks?
- Anything you’d love to share or show off from your kitchen?
Remember, Many Hands Lighten The Load…we appreciate you!
If you would like to bring something to share or are able to help us set up early, please contact me. Thank you so much!
Oak Park Cleanup (July 11 , 2015)
(NEXT ONE COMING UP IN OCTOBER–STAY TUNED!)
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Community Cleanup on MLK Blvd Saturday, July 11th. We had a wonderful and hearty crew of neighbors come and roll up their sleeves and, boy, did they pick up a lot of trash! Up and down the boulevard, from 14th to Broadway (and even on sidestreets and empty lots) people picked up trash, glass, needles, and even bulky items. Many, many bags were filledthankfully, our friends at Waste Management came and picked them all up for us
One of the best parts of the morning was meeting a bunch of new neighbors and talking to people walking or driving by, waiting for the bus, or out enjoying the beautiful morning. Many people were supportive and kind, and one of the local store managers even came out and brought us some water, which was very generous.
We hope to be doing more of these, and we hope that you can come be part of them. We even had some wonderful homemade baked goods, fresh fruit and coffee, which definitely helped us power through. (Special thanks to Katie, Hailey, Shawn, Frankie, Celia, Jess, Joany, Tamika, and Michael for their support, logistical help, and contributions!)
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED WITH OPNA
Look at what we do and let us know what interests you.
Don’t worry–no commitment, we’ll just talk and see what works for you when you fill out the short form below.
OPNA cannot exist without volunteers. We have lots of opportunities (as much or as little as you want) for you to help make a difference in Oak Park. Our committees are fun and casual; you don’t have to be a professional–you just need to be interested.
It really comes down to two simple questions . . .
“If not YOU, Who? If not NOW, When?”
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE—Develop and implement programs that maintain and increases active membership and volunteer support and build upon alliances with other community organizations.
- General Membership Meeting Sub-Committee—Provides and prepares meeting space for the monthly “Cops N Coffee/General Membership Meeting”
- Volunteer Committee—Maintains volunteer database; Welcomes volunteers; Coordinates with Committees to determine volunteer needs; Supplies volunteer information to Committees
EVENTS COMMITTEE—Develops events that will energize, connect, and bring a safe environment into Oak Park.
FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE—Raises funds to support the OPNA’s monthly expenditure requirements and committee expenditure requirements
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE—Establishes ties with elected and other government officials, board, commissions and committees to build alliances and increase the power and effectiveness of OPNA
LAND USE AND PLANNING COMMITTEE—Works to maintain the cultural heritage of the neighborhood while promoting new equitable and sustainable development opportunities, while minimizing displacement of current residents.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE—Creates communication tools and the framework for informing and promoting OPNA to our community and to enhance the perception of Oak Park as a great place to live, work and play. The committee works to enhance the communication within the board and committees.
PARKS & OPEN SPACES—Works to protect and enhance our parks and open spaces as they are a major opportunity for neighbors to meet and build relationships. Recognizes that parks must be clean and fun for all of our residents.
COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS WORKING GROUP—Assists residents with finding solutions to problems. Supplies resource material and makes connections with resources to get things done.
BE A PART OF THE CHANGES IN OAK PARK;
FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW . . .