Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Marq Southlake Welcomes Volunteers for Summer

Calling all recreation enthusiasts, go-getters, and civic-minded residents: The Marq Southlake is looking for volunteers this summer!

Summertime is here, and there are plenty of ways to get involved at The Marq Southlake. If you are looking to bolster your resume and learn life-long skills, register to become a Marq Volunteer.

The Marq utilizes volunteers in a variety of different roles in our mission to create life-long memories. Volunteers can serve at Champions Club and the Senior Activity Center by facilitating everyday operations and aiding with programs and events. Whether you are monitoring the Indoor Playground at Champions Club or helping at the Senior Activity Center, there is a position for you!

Volunteers are vital to our success at The Marq. Your time and dedication help us deliver world-class service to our members and allows us to remain the premier recreation destination in Southlake. While volunteers are an immense help to us, volunteering is also beneficial for you.

Volunteering is a resume booster and a fabulous way to learn new skills, but did you know that the benefits to your well-being go well beyond that? Volunteering builds a greater connection to your community and helps to make new friends and contacts. Volunteering can also combat stress and increase happiness and self-confidence. Knowing that you are helping others gives you a sense of purpose and achievement.

How to Volunteer:
New volunteers must submit a Volunteer Southlake Application and complete either a parental consent form (minors under 17) or a background check (adults 17 and older).

Once you have completed your Volunteer Southlake Application, you will receive an email from Community Services with a Virtual Orientation Video and a link to a Virtual Orientation Questionnaire. You must watch our Orientation video and fill out the questionnaire. When we receive your answers, you will be granted access to self-schedule your first volunteer shift through VicNet.

If you are already in Volunteer Southlake but never volunteered at Champions Club or the Senior Activity Center before, contact Milenka Lopez and state your interest in volunteering at The Marq. You will receive an email from Community Services with your Virtual Orientation Materials. Once you watch the video and fill out the questionnaire, you will be granted access to self-schedule through VicNet.

Former Senior Activity Center Volunteers must go through the Virtual Orientation to sign up for new Senior Center positions.

If you have already attended The Marq Volunteer Orientation for Champions Club, log in to VicNet to schedule your first shift!

Make Your Marq this summer: Register today!

Southlake Recognizes 2020 Volunteers

In spite of 2020 being a challenging year, our volunteers responded with remarkable dedication under remarkable circumstances. 

Between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, volunteers contributed 9,048 hours to the Southlake community. This equates to a value of $258,229! 

This year’s volunteer service award winners will be recognized during a ceremony May 18.  

Paul Kuriakose – Junior Award Recipient
This award honors the junior volunteer who served the greatest number of hours in the last 12 months. 

Jeffrey Ng – Adult Award Recipient
This award honors the adult volunteer who served the greatest number of hours in the last 12 months. 

President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipients – This award is presented to volunteers who achieve established annual service milestones within their age group. 

  • Olorunifemi Odumosu – Silver Award 
  • Madline Shepherd – Silver Award 
  • Malika Kumbhat – Bronze Award 
  • Pamela Muller – Bronze Award 
  • Jeffrey Ng – Bronze Award 
  • Faaris Shah – Bronze Award 
  • Jim Shirey – Bronze Award 
  • Ken Stewart – Bronze Award 

Milestone Service Award Recipients – This award is presented to volunteers who have reached extraordinary lifetime volunteer service hours. 

  • Pamela Muller – 2500 Award 
  • Karen Mertz – 1500 Award 

Interested in volunteering to help make Southlake happen? Visit www.volunteersouthlake.com. 

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.