Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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

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

On October 20, 2020, 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, Metroport Teen Court, Senior Advisory Commission, and Southlake Arts Council.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of community engagement and outreach, community enhancement and development, crime control and prevention, library planning and programming, advancing the Teen Court Program, issues and programs for Southlake’s senior citizen population, and those interested in all matters related to 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 one- or two-year term, 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 or fax it to the City Secretary’s Office at (817) 748-8270.

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 11th.

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

 

Southlake Youth Action Commission Accepting Applications

Are you a Freshman or Sophomore living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events, and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out a SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:15PM at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2016.

What is SYAC?
The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with each city department and learn about its role within the city as well as attend city events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. Questions about the application process, contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.