Category Archives: Volunteerism
Please join us on Saturday, October 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. If you have items you would like to see on the agenda, please send us an email.
DRAFT minutes for the September 12, 2015 DVC Steering Committee Meeting are available for review, download, and printing here: http://bit.ly/1MTb4Xp
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
PLANNING & ADVOCACY
DEVELOPMENT WEST OF CENTRAL
DEVELOPMENT EAST OF CENTRAL
SAMPLING OF UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Thanks for all that you do for our community.
Chair, Steering Committee
Downtown Voices Coalition
[Source: Downtown Voices Coalition] – We emailed and chatted with a few “friends of downtown” to do a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) of downtown Phoenix in 2012. We asked, but didn’t insist, that the lists keep in mind our statement of purpose: “Downtown Voices Coalition is a coalition of stakeholder organizations that embrace growth in downtown Phoenix, but is mindful that healthy growth should be based upon existing downtown resources — the vibrancy of neighborhoods, the strength of the arts community, the uniqueness of historic properties, and the wonderful small businesses that dot downtown.”
Below are the lists – an even dozen each – that Brendan Mahoney (Mayor’s Office, City of Phoenix), Jim McPherson (Downtown Voices Coalition), Chelsea Smith (small business owner), and Sean Sweat (Central City Village Planning Committee) pulled together. What would you add? What would you delete? What would you modify? Can similar SWOTs be created for “the arts,” “sustainability,” and “midtown Phoenix,” for example? Let your (downtown) voice be heard!
- Central City South residents crafted their own Quality of Life Plan
- City of Phoenix stood its ground against a low-density, unfunded Goldwater Library & Archives
- “Downtown Phoenix” local history book published
- Maricopa County South Court Tower completed (replacing, of all things, a parking garage)
- METRO West Extension compromise reached, sparing the St. Matthew neighborhood
- Mix of housing options blossomed (e.g., Oasis on Grand live/work apartments opened, Lofts on McKinley senior apartments opened, and Roosevelt Point apartments broke ground and unbundled parking)
- Neighborhoods blocked Circle K expansion at 7th St. & Roosevelt
- Pedal Craft bicycle, art, and community event rode into town (twice!)
- Pop-up park on Roosevelt St. popped up, complete with murals, landscaping, and Peritoneum sculpture (note that Peritoneum sparked a conversation within City Hall that there should be a simple, one-size-fits-all process to activate vacant lots downtown. That process will be voted upon by City Council on January 16, 2013)
- Seed Spot incubator opened in historic Warehouse District
- Street and sidewalk improvements made on Centennial Way (Washington St. between 7th Ave. & State Capitol) and holiday lights returned to Central Avenue
- University expansions, including UA Health Sciences Education Building (completed), ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation Center (under construction), UA Cancer Center – Phoenix (under development), and ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (proposed)
- City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer, Barbara Stocklin, summarily dismissed
- First Street streetscape project (i.e., no bike lanes, car lanes are 14 feet wide, street parking is only 70% of what it could have been, trees shade cars not people, trees permanently lock the parking ratios on the west side of the road, and the corner radii are more than double what they should be. On the plus side, the existing ficus tree was spared from being chopped down.)
- Implementation of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. delayed
- Inconclusive planning for proposed Golub and Colliers developments
- Legends Entertainment District continues to be a made-up district neither legendary nor entertaining (including suburban billboards and Visit LA banner on CityScape)
- Madison & St. James hotels demolished
- Maricopa County nixed bicycle commuter support station in Security Building
- Phoenix City Council’s unanimous enthusiasm for downtown projects less likely because of budget issues and differing viewpoints
- Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) shut down
- Still no downtown dog park
- Urban Grocery closed
- University expansions (above examples do not achieve ideal density, and the law school came at the price of the vintage Sahara Motel)
The next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting is Saturday, September 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons meeting room, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003. The main topics for discussion:
- Nominating Committee Report
- Review of Key 2012-13 Action Items (per Priority Issue)
- Current Business
- Proposed Golub and Colliers downtown projects
- Proposed 7th Avenue & Roosevelt projects
- General Plan Update
- Change by Us PHX
- New/Other Business
- Downtown Voices website update
- Downtown Devil Discussion partnership
- Roosevelt Row visioning process
From September 5-11, 2012 HandsOn Greater Phoenix will participate in Tribute Projects throughout the Valley focusing on assisting and recognizing our current military personnel and veterans. For more information on how you can get involved, visit the HandsOn Days of Service webpage.
Change by Us Phoenix is an online marketplace for community projects that allows you to share ideas for making the city better, and to turn those ideas into projects that have real impact. From tools to network and manage events to helping you connect with local resources, the site supports a number of ways to get involved.
- Share Ideas: Have an idea for how to make Phoenix better? Add it to Change by Us and connect with like-minded people and projects in your area. No idea is too big or small.
- Join or Create Projects: Find great projects in your neighborhood, or start your own! Use Change by Us’ powerful project management tools to recruit volunteers, promote events, and find in-kind donations.
- Build Teams: Change by Us allows you to tap into a network of people motivated to improve their communities. The site helps you find people by interest, location, and skills. You can even find people by items they have available to lend. Change by Us helps you tap into the power of your community.
- Find Resources: In addition to projects, Change by Us also maintains information on public and non-profit programs that can help your project succeed. Connect with city services and local knowledge.
A.R.T.S. Clean Up Day!
Help Roosevelt Row launch the A.R.T.S. Project!
A.R.T.S., Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space, is a dirt lot activation program that addresses the blight of vacant urban space. Roosevelt Row is working on temporary activation projects for dirt lots in the neighborhood including arts markets, community gardens, public art projects, cultural fairs including science and sustainability, outdoor film space, and concerts.
SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Meet in the dirt lot at 408 E Roosevelt St. We’ll pick up garbage, remove debris, spread mulch donated from local landscaping companies, plant posts, & enjoy the sunset. Gloves, tools, water, and snacks will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes or boots, and bring your own water bottle/canteen to refill onsite.
Tell us you’re coming by calling (602) 475 2661, or emailing email@example.com, or just show up!
Roosevelt Row CDC/ 922 N. Fifth St./ Saturday/ March 12/2pm-6pm/FREE
[Source: HandsOn Greater Phoenix]
This year marks the 25th anniversary of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday. Join HandsOn in following Dr. King’s example by serving others! We will be sewing to assist dementia patients, packing medical supplies for under-resourced nations, and staffing a festival to celebrate Dr. King’s life. We also need volunteers to paint murals, plant trees, and clean up local neighborhoods. Projects will take place on Saturday, January 15th, Monday, January 17th and Saturday, January 22nd.
To view all of our Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration projects in Phoenix and to sign up, click here!
[Source: HandsOn Greater Phoenix]
Calling all green thumbs and tree-huggers! Join us for a morning of environmental action as we plant trees and revitalize one of Phoenix’s best-known parks. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes. Remember to bring a water bottle and sunscreen!
The minimum age for this project is 8 with an accompanying adult. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 who wish to participate without an accompanying adult must bring a signed Youth Volunteer Waiver. Please download the waiver from the “Youth Volunteer” link on the website’s menu.
By signing up for projects and not attending, you may be depriving someone else of the opportunity to participate and the project of much-needed support.
Please note that in an effort to accommodate volunteers who sign up for projects by choice, HandsOn does not accept court ordered volunteers and will not sign off on any court-related documents.
You must register to participate.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
7:00AM – 10:00AM
Location: Phoenix, AZ 85015
The full project address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.
Accommodations for volunteers with disabilities:You will have the opportunity to request accommodations after you sign up for this project.
[Source: Arizona State University] — Parents who would like to help their children develop interpersonal and leadership skills while learning how to be engaged in their local communities have a new opportunity this summer. Arizona State University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership (CCEL) is launching a Civic Engagement Summer Camp that will bring civic involvement alive for children entering grades three through eight. The weeklong camp, to be held at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, will be offered three times, during the weeks of June 7, 14, and 21. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Student participants will learn how they can make a positive impact in the community. Activities include field trips to civic locations including courts, the Arizona Legislature and Phoenix City Hall. Campers will actively engage in age-appropriate collaborative projects, simulations, and conversations with local leaders. The experience will culminate with a town hall meeting, led by the students, to which family and community members will be invited. [Note: Read the full article at Downtown Phoenix summer camp for kids to help build engaged citizens.]