Near East Area Renewal is about neighbors building relationships with neighbors as we create great places together. Sharing time, talent, and treasure in volunteer service is central to what we mean by “developing community.”

Here are some ways you can engage with our Near East area neighbors and neighborhoods as a volunteer:

Caulk of the Town  Participate in our annual one-day community-wide weatherization event on Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8 am-1 pm. Either as an individual volunteer or as an office, corporate, church, or neighborhood team (5-8 recommended), your 4 hours of service will make a big difference for a household for the winter to come. Click here to learn more, register yourself or your team, and/or submit a house for weatherization.

Housing & Infrastructure Survey  We work with the 22 Near East area neighborhoods to map and update the conditions of housing, sidewalks, and streets so neighbors can advocate for needed improvements. Volunteers use a simple chart to document conditions as they walk along streets together. It’s a great way to see our neighborhoods up close and make a difference for their future.

Clean-up & Landscaping  Keeping our five neighborhood Pocket Parks and the properties we have in the pipeline for development clean and green is an easy, outdoor way for small or large groups to engage for a one-day service project. Contact us.

East 10th Street Rain Gardens  Between Tecumseh and Tacoma, planted rain gardens grace the streetscape of East 10th Street. Using an “adopt-a-rain-garden” project, volunteers maintain these rain gardens, clearing debris and sediment, weeding, and making the street “clean and green.” Contact us to care for one of these rain gardens.

Youth Arts in the Neighborhood  We work with youth and adults to paint boarded-up doors and windows of vacant houses in the St. Clair Place neighborhood. Volunteers work alongside middle and high school youth as encouragers/supervisors. Contact us.

Task Groups & Committees  Community development requires focused study, planning and decision-making. NEAR hosts several neighborhood Quality of Life task groups that emerge from the quarterly Near Eastside Quality of Life Summit. We rely on neighborhood and local volunteers for input, ideas, and support in our Near Eastside-wide planning. Want to help? Please let us know.

Use our Contact form to let us know of your interest in engaging as a volunteer.