Friday, September 18, 2020

High School Senior Spends Time Volunteering

Volunteers are an invaluable part of keeping the City of Southlake running smoothly

Although opportunities to volunteer for the City have declined due to Covid-19, the Southlake Public Library had a few opportunities for volunteers to serve and remain safe.

Sohan Shrestha is a senior at Carroll Senior High School and has been volunteering at the Southlake Public Library since 2019. He has contributed roughly 60 hours in volunteer work at the Library this year alone.

“He’s a great volunteer,” Southlake Public Library Deputy Director Cynthia Pfledderer said. “We are so happy to have him and the rest of our volunteers as part of our team.”

Library volunteers are helping to disinfect and shelve library materials.

“Volunteering for the library has been a great experience,” Shrestha said. “I have been able to serve my community while also gaining experience for the future.”

For more information about volunteering in Southlake, visit www.VolunteerSouthlake.com.

Southlake Cares: Metroport Meals on Wheels

Neighbors Helping Neighbors to alleviate hunger, isolation and loneliness in our communities, and to foster the independence, worth and dignity of each individual they serve.

For 21 years, the City of Southlake and Metroport Meals on Wheels have joined forces to support area seniors by providing hot lunches and a friendly face to those in need.

Now, with many senior-related resources closed due to COVID-19 concerns, MMOW needs our help.

How You Can Help

Currently, in addition to their ongoing home delivery mail program, MMOW is providing a Weekly Curbside Meal program on Mondays at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. There is a $4 charge for meals, but MMOW never turns away a person in need because of an inability to pay.

“We are serving about 100 seniors each week in Southlake with this program,” Southlake Senior Services Coordinator Soheila Phelps said.

To keep going, MMOW needs monetary donations and items on their ongoing Amazon Wish List, which are critical to their operation. MMOW also needs volunteers to help prepare and distribute meals. You can learn more about volunteering for MMOW on their website.

Double Your Donation

The Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has provided a $20,000 Challenge Grant to assist with MMOW’s home-delivered meals that are urgently needed. Every dollar you give now will be DOUBLED (up to $20,000 total), providing TWICE as many lifesaving meals for the hungry seniors and medically fragile neighbors we serve together. Thank you for your support! Click here to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION.

If you decide to make a financial contribution, please make sure to list Southlake Cares in the “How did you hear about us?” section. If you need more information about donating, visit Metroportmow.org or call MMOW at 817-491-8534.

Southlake Cares

Metroport Meals on Wheels is one of the organizations involved in the Southlake Six-Month Challenge. Visit the Southlake Cares webpage to see where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says “Learn More.” On that page, there are links to take you to our partners’ websites. From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

From now until December, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the city. We will also track the Challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Thanks for caring!

City of Southlake Honors Volunteers for Their Service

Volunteering is one of the most fulfilling ways you can serve your community. It is an opportunity to make an impact for those around you by using your energy and talents to benefit others. Volunteers help their neighbors, serve their communities and use their unique skills and experience.

In Southlake, volunteers serve in many different capacities and provide meaningful contributions across the organization.  You’ll often find volunteers helping shelve books in the library, assisting with programs at the Senior Activity Center, serving as teen attorneys for teen court, or checking on businesses in Town Square. They provide valuable assistance in public safety, at special events and even as interns.  Board and Commission members also serve as volunteers as do the Mayor and City Council.

Over the last 12 months, the City was fortunate to have more than 3,000 volunteers selflessly give nearly 30,000 hours of service to the Southlake community. According to the Independent Sector, these hours provide a value of more than $750,000.

“Our volunteers are the heart of Southlake,” Volunteer Coordinator Lindy Calzada said. “They are often our first point of contact to the public, and provide insight, feedback and information that helps us make this great community possible. We’re honored that our volunteers would team up with us and appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to Southlake.”

Each year, the City takes a moment to recognize those volunteers who regularly serve and reach service milestones. Awards are given in several categories, as shown below to show appreciation for their dedication to the City. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to celebrate in person this year.  However, their contributions are significant and deserve recognition.

Congratulations to each of the below recipients. We appreciate and are thankful for their contributions. 

Junior Service Award – This award honors the junior volunteer who served the most hours in the last 12 months.

Emily Jia

Adult Service Award – This award honors the adult volunteer who served the most hours in the last 12 months.

Ken Stewart

Milestone Service Awards – This award is presented to volunteers for their lifetime hours of service with the City of Southlake.

2,500 hours: Ken Stewart

                2,000 hours: Leroy McCall and Ken Stone

                1,500 hours: Patti Brayton, Reza Saffarian and Jim Shirey

1,000 hours: Joan Houle

500 hours: Ed Grondahl, Jeffrey Ng, Krystal Porter, Deep Rajani

Presidential Service Award Recipients – This award is presented to volunteers who reach annual service milestones within their age group as established by the Points of Light Foundation. Honorees receive a personal certificate and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Gold Level Recipients: Dhyan Patel, Deep Rajani and Ken Stewart

Silver Level Recipients: Wayne Berryman, Yoselin Lugo, Tom Moore, Jeffrey Ng, Reza Saffarian, Iris Schmeder and Yi Zhang

Bronze Level Recipients: Vance Amos, Sarah Armstrong, Samantha Blake, Patti   Brayton, Alaina Dang, Ed Grondahl, Lauren Olivia Hall, Benjamin Hargrave, Jacob Herman, Joan Houle, Emily Jia, Marge Kyle, Camila Larrazabal, Winema Martinez, Leroy McCall, Karen Mertz, Pamela Muller, Krystal Porter, Jim Shirey, Sydney Stellato, Ken Stone, Sofia Tangirala, Molly Trinh and Logan Woosley

 

Serve Southlake by Volunteering for a Board or Commission

We’re looking for a few good people who value our commitment integrity, innovation, accountability, excellence and teamwork to serve our world-class community on one of our boards and commissions. Are you interested?

Our boards and commissions help us impact Southlake in a positive way and enrich our community.

The Mayor and City Council will be making appointments to the Building Board of Appeals, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Southlake Parks and Development Corporation, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment on June 16, 2020.

If you’re interested in helping the City of Southlake, complete an application online here! No need to come into Town Hall. Applications must be received by May 1, 2020.

You can also mail your application to: City of Southlake, City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, TX 76092, email it to: dmarino@ci.southlake.tx.us or fax it to: 817-748-8270.

Each board and commission appointment is for two years, unless you are appointed to fulfill a vacancy for an unexpired term.

If you currently serve on a board or commission, you will need to reapply for your position if your term is ending and you desire to continue to serve.

If you have questions about serving on a board or commission or the appointment process, visit our website or call the City Secretary’s Office at: 817-748-8183.

DPS Volunteers Help Make Southlake Possible

In 2018, over 6 million volunteers in the state of Texas contributed over 563 million hours of service, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Because of volunteers, organizations are able to see success in their initiatives by connecting generous participants with programs in need of resources and community involvement.

The City of Southlake is no exception. Our volunteers are a key resource to help make Southlake possible together.

Volunteering with the City isn’t always a few hours here and there. Southlake Department of Public Safety volunteers remain committed throughout the year to provide extra resources to the City.

During 2019, around 40 DPS volunteers completed over 3,600 hours of service to help make Southlake a better place. The devotion of the volunteers hasn’t gone unnoticed.

DPS volunteers are required to complete the Fire and Police Citizens Academy and maintain a commitment to be on call as needs arise. The academy is a one evening per week course that lasts 10 weeks and provides volunteers a working knowledge of the police and fire departments.

“Our volunteers are the best and we owe a lot of our success to them,” DPS Community Initiatives Coordinator Valerie Snyder said. “Because of them, our teams are able to achieve the highest standards for fire and police.

DPS volunteers provide citizen on patrol ride outs, event support and serve on the fire rehab team, making sure the fire team’s physical condition is maintained during an emergency or drill.

“Our volunteers are dedicated and take pride in giving back to their community,” Fire Prevention Officer Renni Burt said. “Together we are able to accomplish our goal to protect Southlake.”

For more information about volunteering, visit www.volunteersouthlake.com.

Metroport Teen Court Honors Volunteers

The City of Southlake hosted a presentation and awards ceremony on Monday, April 29 in Town Hall to recognize teens and adults for their service and commitment to the Metroport Teen Court program. Metroport Teen Court is a voluntary program and is funded by the cities of Colleyville, Grapevine, Keller and Southlake.

This year, eight individuals received awards for giving their time and expertise to run Teen Court. Two teens who served as teen attorneys for about three years received $1,500 each in scholarships.

Metroport Teen Court allows juvenile, Class C misdemeanor offenders an alternative way to serve community service hours and participate in the judicial process.

The teens will go through a trial before their own peers and will be sentenced with community service hours and jury service to complete.

Metroport Teen Court is not just about judge and jury trials, it is also about learning how the judicial system works and giving back to your community. Other roles teen volunteers serve in Metroport Teen Court are jurors, bailiffs and teen attorneys.  The adult volunteers assist with check-in and check-out of volunteers. Adults also serve as courtroom monitors; and with very special training, run master jury rooms or jury deliberation rooms.

“Teen Court is important for a multitude of reasons,” said Teen Court Clerk Dana Falk, “We offer teens an alternative to the regular juvenile court process, where they risk formal prosecution and possible adjudication; it allows teens to make restitution to the community for their violation by way of performing community service.  It enables teens to take responsibility for their citation instead of parents paying the fine, and it allows juvenile offenders to better understand our judicial process.”

Upon completion of the program, a teen’s citation is dismissed and they avoid what might have been a stain on their legal record.

“It’s like a second chance for first offenders, and it also teaches kids responsibility,” said Falk.  According to Falk, some defendants enjoy the process so much that they come back to volunteer on their own time as jurors or to train as teen attorneys and volunteer that way.

“On any given Tuesday night, we have around five adult volunteers and between 10-30 teen volunteers helping us to run the program,” said Falk,

“Four of the ladies who received recognition come without fail every Tuesday night and either run our master jury rooms or help with check-in at the desk,” She continues. “The Teen Court judge who was recognized has led all of our teen attorney training sessions this year, as well as serving as mentor to one of our competition teams.”

Senior teen attorneys Parker Churns and Cameron Waltz were recognized for their consistency.  “We will be sad to lose their expertise after the summer when they go off to school,” said Falk.

The North Richland Hills Animal Adoption and Rescue Center was also recognized for giving teen defendants more hours of community service than any other organization this year.

“We could not provide the current level of service we maintain without these volunteers,” said Falk.

If interested in being a part of the Metroport Teen Court program, please email volunteer@ci.southlake.tx.us

Award Recipients
Adult Volunteers
Kara Carreras – Judge of the Year, led all training sessions for teen attorneys, mentored a competition team and served as our Advisory Board Chair
Linda Lucart – Logged the Most Hours
Teen Volunteers
Paityn Main – Logged the Most Hours
Scholarship Recipients, Considered to be lead teen attorney and represented Metroport Teen Court on the State Competition Team
Parker Churns –$1500
Cameron Waltz – $1500
Superior Service Award
Patty Bradshaw
Exceptional Service Award
Heather Main
Outstanding Service Award
Rebecca Waltz
Work Site of the Year
NRH Animal Adoption & Rescue Center, gave most hours to defendants

Call for Volunteers – Be a Part of Southlake’s Boards and Commissions

Do you want to be part of the City of Southlake team? The City Council is seeking residents who want to be engaged in their community and help support the City Council in their mission.

On October 16, 2018, the Mayor and City Council will make appointments to the Community Engagement Committee, Community Enhancement and Development Corporation,  Crime Control and Prevention District, Library Board, Senior Advisory Commission, and Arts Council.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of community engagement and outreach programs, promoting economic development and new business enterprises, safety and security, library planning and programming, senior-related programs, and public art are encouraged to complete an application for a board or commission. Applications may be obtained from the City’s website.

Each appointment is for a term of two years, unless appointed to fulfill an existing vacancy for an unexpired term. It takes a team to run a City, and City Council wants you to be a part of their team. If you have the desire and the commitment to devote to our community, please complete an application and e-mail it to cborges@ci.southlake.tx.us or fax it to (817) 748-8270 in the City Secretary’s Office.

You can also mail or hand-deliver your application to the City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, Texas 76092. Applications must be received no later than September 4.

Local Student Recognized as Teen Court Scholar

Colton Williams turned a minor mistake into a major opportunity.

In August 2016, the Southlake resident and student received a traffic citation for speeding. After completing the Teen Court program for the citation, Williams began volunteering every week with Teen Court. He served as a jury member, a bailiff and a teen attorney, and also served with teen attorney mentor program.

During his volunteer service, Williams applies for the Teen Court Scholarship, and won $3,000 for his college education.

At the award ceremony last month, the Teen Court Advisory Board awarded Williams the $3,000 check, which he will use toward his studies at the University of Alabama in the fall. Williams, an Eagle Scout and active member of SASO (Student Athletes Serving Others) has also won a U.S. Congressional Silver Medal for his 250 hours of community service, and has recently delved into entrepreneurship.

Williams owns and operates Dragon Fence Staining, and is passionate about robotics, scuba diving, playing the piano, and the soccer and basketball teams at Carroll Senior High. He plans to continue his community service efforts at his new home in Tuscaloosa.

Volunteer at Stars and Stripes!

Looking for a great way to support your community and attend an awesome event at the same time? We can help you, volunteer for The City of Southlake’s 18th annual Stars & Stripes event!

There are many different opportunities to serve. Do you like crafting, you can help as a craft and activity Booth Attendants to assist families in making  fun experiences creations. Do you like to meet and visit with new people? You can serve as an Information Attendants at the shuttle drop off locations or as a Line Attendants to help maintain line integrity when waiting for special areas.

See something you like and are interested in helping? You can should register online at www.volunteersouthlake.com, or if you have volunteered with us in the past, sign up on VicNet!  After registering, volunteers will have a short briefing on Wednesday, June 29, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Marq Southlake to select their volunteer position and learn more about their role for the day of the event. Light snacks will be provided.

Stars & Stripes occurs the following Sunday, July 3, from 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Parking will be limited, so all volunteers are encouraged to use the 4 p.m. shuttle from White’s Chapel Church to ensure they have plenty of time to check in, and make it to your assignment in time.

We understand the commitment it takes to serve at such a huge event and to express our thanks and keep you strong and healthy, we will be providing dinner for everyone serving.

Approximately 34 volunteers are needed to assist in making Stars & Stripes the best it can be. All volunteers Must be at least 15 years or older to participate. Learn more about Stars & Stripes at www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.