Volunteering with Union Park
Volunteering in your neighborhood is a great way to give back, connect with neighbors, and build community. Our board and committees are made up entirely of volunteers. And, we welcome volunteers to help with events, reach out to neighbors through flyering and surveys, and provide support and talent in other ways. In fact, many of the beautiful photographs on our website were taken by James Ebert, a community volunteer.
We'd love to talk to you about opportunities that match your skills and interests, so please contact us!
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Here are some upcoming ways you can help:
- Join one of our volunteer coommittees
- Help flyer the neighborhood to raise awareness for our upcoming events
- Neighborhood clean-up
- Data entry
Block Ambassador Program
We’re currently seeking Block Ambassadors who are interested in organizing their neighbors and working to create a safe and vibrant community in Union Park.
Every strong community is built on a foundation of personal relationships. How well do you know the neighbors on your block? There are lots of reasons to organize: collaborate on solving problems, share opportunities and resources, increase public safety by practicing crime prevention strategies as a group, improve the beautification and environmental friendliness of the neighborhood with gardening or planting projects, care for one another in times of emergency, and enjoy the place you live with the people around you.
Please contact us if you’re interested in getting our Block Ambassador resources and being involved in great way to connect with neighbors.
Other Volunteer Opportunities in our Community
Volunteer at the Merriam Park Library
Help people in need through Keystone Community Services
Neigbhorhood Honor Roll
Every year, we recognize three outstanding community members from Union Park as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. We nominate neighbors whose volunteer contributions have made significant and lasting impacts in the community.
This year Union Park District Council honors Eli's Sons, Scott Banas, & James Ebert:
Eli’s Sons are local public figures otherwise known as David Skinner and Dale Gruber. They love bringing joy to people by combining music, laughter, and community. They have generously volunteered their time and resources to provide all of the music for Union Park’s annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam event in Merriam Park. They book bands, set up, operate equipment, handle promotions, play amazing family-friendly music, and bring incredible positive energy to the event.
Scott Banas has offered his neighborhood knowledge, legal expertise, and mediation skills to the community for over fifteen years. He served as president of the Merriam Park Community Council, and played a key role in the merger of three community councils into Union Park a decade ago. He also worked on the complex negotiations over the University of St. Thomas conditional use permit, and has served as a watchdog for residents on a number of campus/community issues.
James Ebert is a professional photographer who has volunteered countless hours of his time and talent to shoot, edit, and share photographs of Union Park community events, businesses, and residents. His high quality photographs have enhanced the district council’s communication efforts and highlighted issues of importance in the community. His photos are featured prominently on our website, in our office, and throughout our recently approved ten-year community plan.