Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Making Their Marq: A Special Thank You to Our Summer Volunteers

The Marq Southlake opened its doors to volunteers once again on June 1, 2021, and service-minded individuals heeded the call!

The Community Services Department had exceptional youth volunteerism this summer. Our volunteers play a vital role in our mission to create life-long memories. From assisting seniors at the Senior Activity Center, keeping Champions Club in tip-top shape, to ensuring Nature Camp and Camp Mania campers had a summer to remember, our volunteers stepped up to the plate!

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while learning crucial life skills. Marq volunteers experienced what it takes to keep facilities like the Senior Center and Champions Club operating at the highest level to ensure world-class service and member satisfaction. From facilitating weekly luncheons at the Senior Center to helping with birthday parties and member appreciation events at Champions Club, our youth volunteers gained valuable customer service skills.

The Marq was not the only place where volunteers made a difference this summer. Outstanding Camp Mania and Nature Camp volunteers worked an average of 40 hours each to ensure our summer camps were safe and fun for all camp participants. Gaining important programing and childcare experience, our volunteers were vital to our camps’ success every year!
The impact our volunteers had cannot be overstated. This summer, our volunteers served more than 200 hours at the Senior Activity Center, more than 280 hours at Champions Club, and over 1,300 hours at summer camp!

Here’s what some of our volunteer liaisons had to say:

“Through the dedication, willingness, and care of our volunteers, the Senior Activity Center was able to continue its exceptional programming without interruptions. We depend on our volunteers’ creativity and helping hands to enhance the experience of our seniors at the Senior Center.” —Soheila Phelps, Senior Services Coordinator.

“Volunteering for any program is a privilege. Each camp volunteer made an impact and positive connection to all of our campers, counselors and parents. I appreciate all the hard work. They enjoyed swimming, ice cream, snow cones, and bounce houses. But the most important thing is they enjoyed the service and gave back to their community. This community is special thanks to our camp volunteers.” —Gretchen Morgan, Programs Coordinator.

Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers! We can’t wait to see you again! Learn how to volunteer with us here!

Become a Student Volunteer with SYAC

Are you a high school student 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 an SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet on the first Monday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2018. View and print the application.

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 City leaders 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. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

Southlake Volunteers Recognized with the Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award

Kiko and Dee Ekstrom were recently recognized by Southlake Sister Cities and the Southlake City Council for their longtime service to the City.

“Kiko and Dee have given thousands of hours to Southlake through their service to Southlake Sister Cities,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “We are so grateful for their commitment and how they have worked to establish such a strong Sister Cities program in Southlake, particularly with the city of Tome, Japan.”

Kiko and Dee with councilKiko and Dee have been involved in Southlake Sister Cities for 26 years and worked tirelessly from the beginning when they helped establish the program in 1991. The Ekstroms have served in a variety of volunteer roles with Kiko serving as the president of the Southlake Sister Cities board.  They have overseen the youth exchange programs which has connected well over 500 students from both countries and have organized numerous adult visits.

Sister Cities’ 1st Vice President Barbara Walker praised the Ekstroms role in fostering friendship and understanding  at the June 19 Council meeting saying, “These relationships are pivotal to fulfilling the goal of Sister Cities which is to create citizen ambassadors.”

The Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who have completed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer work in their lifetime.  A plaque commemorating Kiko and Dee’s service and lifetime achievement award will be permanently installed in Southlake’s Town Hall in the coming months.

The Force is Strong with Southlake’s Library Volunteers

The force is strong with Southlake’s Library volunteers who recently attended a special screening of the movie Star Wars – The Last Jedi at Harkins Theater in Southlake.

The event was a huge success with over sixty people in attendance. It was a great time to celebrate their service with their peers. The event definitely reflects these volunteers motto, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Southlake volunteers provide an invaluable service to the City its residents and business communities. They contribute thousands of hours each year assisting with multiple City-wide events and programs. It’s difficult to put a price on the work that they do but here are some stats to give you an idea.

In 2017, volunteers spent 28,339 hours working for the City. That’s a cost-savings to the City of $698,840. The volunteers range in age from teenagers to seniors, all doing their part to further the goals and mission of the City of Southlake. Often, parents and kids team up to volunteer together. If you or someone you know would like to become a volunteer, just follow this link for more information.

The City plans to hold other appreciation events to celebrate the work of individual departments during 2018. The City-wide, all-inclusive annual volunteer awards and appreciation event is scheduled for later this year.


We Love Our Volunteers!

Time is a precious gift that can never be returned once it is given, and the City of Southlake is extremely grateful to all the volunteers who give their time to serve and give back to the community. This past year volunteer efforts accumulated to over 28,000 hours of service which is equivalent to nearly 14 full-time employees with a cost value of $698,850!

On Tuesday, April 18th, Volunteer Southlake recognized over forty volunteers who met the criteria for a Presidential Service Award  as well as our Service Milestone and overall Junior and Adult Volunteer Service Award Medal. The evening began with a light reception in the Town Hall Lobby followed by a special recognition during the Council Meeting.

The evening itself was very special and allowed for volunteers and staff to spend time engaging with each other while also celebrating the service accomplishments of the past year. Many stories were shared, and some volunteers took the time to write what motivates them to volunteer in our memory book:

“I find it an honor to be able to be of service to the citizens of Southlake” – Leroy McCall

“I volunteered at the senior center because I loved to help the elders there. Volunteering helped me grow into a better person. I recommend everyone to volunteer two times a month!” – Nikhil Nandigama

“[Volunteering] really shows the best thing about this City: the people.” – Morgan H. Smith

Council Member Shafi summed up the night perfectly with his testament and recognition of every volunteer who has served the City in some capacity who were not in the room that night:

“[Volunteers] make our community a healthy, vibrant, loving place to live and raise a family. I want to recognize people who are not in the room. There is probably a larger fraction of volunteers all around the City in their own neighborhoods and their own churches, and other organizations who volunteer their time, so we thank those volunteers for making our community such a great place, thank you.”Council Member Shafi

With the conclusion of this “Volunteer Fiscal Year” we thank all the volunteers who contributed their time, and we look forward to another amazing year of service; a year full of memories to be made and new bonds to be formed between the City of Southlake and the incredible people who give their time freely to make Southlake the best place to live, work and play.

Want to volunteer with the City? Find out how by visiting the Volunteer Southlake page!

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.

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 June 21, 2016, the Mayor and City Council will make appointments to the Building Board of Appeals, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Southlake Parks Development Corporation, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of park facilities, zoning cases, and commercial or residential development 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 lpayne@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 May 2.

Volunteers Make a Difference at Southlake's Great American Cleanup

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the City’s Keep Southlake Beautiful program hosted Southlake’s 2015 Great American Cleanup. Volunteers came together to pull weeds, spread mulch and  spruce up Liberty Gardens – students from area schools banded together to spread approximately 80 bags of mulch!

Southlake’s Liberty Gardens was initiated through Keep America Beautiful and local affiliate Keep Southlake Beautiful (KSB) in an effort to create a positive destination within the community to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The park road granting access to the garden has been closed due to construction in Bicentennial Park – construction is scheduled to wrap-up sometime this summer and the road will then be re-opened.

Cassie Tucker with the City of Southlake said, “The Great American Cleanup is one of the nation’s largest annual community improvement initiatives. Communities across America are participating, and the program engages over 2 million volunteers. The City of Southlake is a proud partner of Keep America Beautiful, and we hope the day of service not only improved Liberty Garden, but also gave an opportunity for students to make a difference in the community.”

The Great American Cleanup is held annually in the spring. If you are interested in volunteering at the next cleanup, please visit: www.cityofsouthlake.com/ksb for information.

Great American Cleanup 2015

Volunteers came together on April 11, 2015 to help make Southlake’s Liberty Gardens in Bicentennial Park more beautiful! – as part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup!


Volunteers Come to Southlake for Annual DFW COP Conference

This Saturday, April 18, more than 150 COPs (Citizens on Patrol) and VIPs (Volunteers in Police Service) will gather at Southlake’s DPS North state-of-the-art training facility for the annual DFW COP Conference. The volunteers in attendance will represent agencies from about 30 cities across North Texas.COPS DFW Roundtable Colleyville 2014-03 b

The annual event provides volunteers with a great opportunity to share information and learn best practices from other law enforcement agencies. Past attendees have found the exchange of ideas amongst volunteers to very beneficial.  The daylong conference is also a time for members to build relationships and friendships within the volunteer policing community.

The Southlake Police Department likes to boast of having one of the best and most dedicated group of volunteers around. Whether it’s walking the beat in Town Square during large events like Octoberfest or Art in the Square to patrolling Southlake neighborhoods – our volunteers work to help keep our community safer. Interim Chief James Brandon says, “Our COPs and VIPS volunteers provide a great service to the City of Southlake and the police department. To see the kind of dedication that exists with our volunteers is very humbling. They are on the job rain or shine which shows their commitment and how much they enjoy what they do.”

COPS DFW Roundtable Colleyville 2014-03 cCOPs and VIPS volunteers are all about giving back to the community. In an average year they put in thousands of hours of service. The City of Southlake is pleased to have so many dedicated volunteers that are spread out across the City. Other volunteers work in Fire Rehab, parks and recreation, teen court, the library and senior center just to name a few.

The conference wraps up the last day of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. What a fitting way to end the conference with a room full of volunteers who are the heart and soul of so many Cities. The City of Southlake for one is grateful for all the services that each of you provide. YOU help make us better. Go ahead – pat yourself on the back – you deserve it!