To engage Oakland Park's diverse community of residents and business owners in effort to educate, recruit and utilize volunteers by providing varied, meaningful and appropriate opportunities in which to participate for the betterment of the City of Oakland Park and its stakeholders.
FERAL FRIENDS PROGRAM
The City of Oakland Park has embarked on a program to address concerns about feral cats using the “TNR” approach. TNR (trap, neuter, return) has proven to be the only effective method for stabilizing and reducing the number of cats in feral cat colonies over time, in some situations all the way down to zero. TNR is also the only humane method to accomplish this. The City is proud to partner with local animal shelters and hospitals and respect all life by embracing this approach.
We have numerous volunteers who coordinate and share all aspects of this intricate process including identifying colonies, feeding, trapping/releasing, transporting, temporary housing and adoption. The task is ongoing, but the goal remains to humanely address the reduction, as well as the health and safety, of feral cats in our neighborhoods. We could ALWAYS use more help. Volunteers will need their own transportation. If you are a lover of animals, please contact us to learn how you can become involved.
Join fellow volunteers who have formed a “rapid response” team to eliminate unwanted graffiti and stickers all over the city.
The GRAFFITI PATROL is a community beautification project combining the efforts of the Volunteer Corps, multiple city departments and local partners. This program is designed to address and eliminate the many forms of graffiti, nuisance stickers, and illegal yard signs that can detract from the overall beauty of the City of Oakland Park within 48 hours of reporting.
Graffiti and stickers on our light poles, sidewalks, curbs, bus stops, walls, fences and buildings cause blight and are not representative of the fine city Oakland Park truly is.
Volunteers are provided with a kit of most commonly required spray paint colors, along with spray removal products, scrapers and gloves. Also included are tools to share with residents and businesses to engage them in the process as needed.
This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for licensed drivers with a vehicle. The time requirement is low and flexible. You can photograph, repair and report incidents during the course of your day when found, or respond to a specific request as time allows.
Volunteer Park Inspectors help the City by bringing fresh eyes and perspective to our wide array of playgrounds, athletic facilities, picnic pavilions, walking trails and nature areas. Park Inspectors will periodically complete written assessments and photograph areas of concern. With volunteer help, we ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our visitors. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and provide their own transportation to the park. Inspectors may be able to select a park near their home that they currently enjoy.
Our senior population, at times, can experience vulnerability, isolation and loneliness, especially in times of natural disaster or emergencies. Our Phone Buddy volunteers reach out to our residents to ensure they have someone to talk with when needed, be a resource with updated emergency information, and a liaison with our Fire Rescue team when preparing for potential disasters. Volunteers will need a kind heart, patience and a willingness to keep in touch with their buddy on a schedule agreeable to both the resident and volunteer. Call now to see if there's a "buddy" for you.
COVID VACCINATION POINT OF DISTRIBUTION (POD)
This vaccination center here in Oakland Park is designed to provide for our residents. Volunteers are needed in our PODs to welcome and check in residents that are scheduled for vaccinations that day. You will need a pleasant disposition and some patience, but overall the process is a very smooth and pleasant one. All safety and health protocol are strictly practiced. We ask that volunteers be able to help 2-3 days per week on a regular schedule. Shifts are currently 9:30am to 2:00pm, but this may change with vaccine availability. Full training is provided. This event is suitable for volunteers 18 years of age or older. The majority of time may be spent standing or moving through the entry process. There is no lifting requirement. Please contact us for more information or to sign up.
The Cities of Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors have joined forces to operate a food distribution for families in need located at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale. Events are generally scheduled each Thursday from 9am until food runs out. Volunteers are needed beginning at 7:00am until 10:00am, or a little thereafter depending on attendance. Volunteers will be assisting with bagging bulk veggies, fruits, etc., traffic control, loading vehicles, breaking down boxes, and wrapping up the event. We supply snacks (fruit, pastries, snack bars, etc.) and water. This event is suitable for volunteers 18 years of age or older. Volunteers 15+ are allowed with parent/guardian supervision. Masks and gloves are mandatory. We will provide them if needed.