The Greenwood Community Council is a group of volunteers working to build community in Greenwood; provide opportunities to interact with the many people who impact our neighborhood; and provide information, resources and support to help Greenwood voices be heard and make a difference.
We are always looking for help! Please fill out the form below if you are interested in being contacted to learn more about volunteer opportunities, or click on the topics below to learn more about some of the things we’re looking for help with.
We’ve been improving the website, but if you’ve looked around the site you’ve probably noticed that it’s far from complete and there’s a lot left to be done. We’d like this site to become the go-to resource for anyone who wants to get involved in the neighborhood or issues that affect it. Here are examples of things we would love some help with:
- Monitor building projects and update the projects page
- Monitor issues or projects the city is involved in
- Write any of the pages on the site that aren’t done yet
- Help keep resources lists up to date
- Add interesting articles to the interesting articles list
- Help with technical things us mere mortals have trouble with
Theres more going on in the neighborhood and the city than any of us can keep up with. To be most effective, it would be fantastic if we had a group of people who take it on themselves to monitor something important that may escape others’ attention and keep us informed. Keeping people informed could include:
- Writing an article for the website
- Forming or joining a study group on an important issue
- Updating lists or status items on the website
- Preparing a presentation or inviting a speaker to a meeting
- Proposing a community council position or action on the subject
The kinds of things that need following could include (just for example):
- One or more building development projects
- City grant processes
- Understanding and tracking the city budget
- Following the debates over zoning and affordable housing
- Emergency preparedness activities in the neighborhood
- Contacting people who don’t normally attend meetings or get heard on issues
Meetings take a lot of work, but they give the opportunity for face-to-face discussion that lets people understand others’ points of view and find solutions to problems with broader support. While the internet polarizes issues and helps people filter out information that doesn’t support their beliefs, meeting face-to-face works against polarization and helps empower people to be heard.
The tasks needed for good meetings include:
- Thinking up good meeting topics
- Finding good speakers and inviting them
- Preparing presentations to help people understand a difficult issue
- Taking good notes
- Bringing sign-in sheets and entering new contacts in mailing list
- (Bringing or organizing snacks??)
- Helping get the word out
The GCC Board comprises nine positions described in our bylaws who each serve up to a two year term (although we only ask a one-year commitment). The board decides what should be done at membership meetings, proposes GCC positions to take to a membership meeting for a vote, decides priorities and directions forward. In practice, the board often do a lot of the work to plan meetings and other volunteer activities described on this page. When we have an active, enthusiastic board, we get a lot done.
We have elections each year in March or April for vacant positions. This year all positions will be open to election, although some current board members may choose to run to keep their current positions. If you’ve opened up and read all of this, please give some thought to joining our board! If you’d like to talk to someone about it, let us know. Everyone who lives, works or owns property in Greenwood is welcome, although we especially encourage you to nominate yourself if you would make our board membership more diverse.
Board positions are defined in the bylaws, but the actual duties are flexible and negotiable among board members. Defined positions include:
- Vice President
- Land Use Chair
- Transportation Chair
- Health and Safety Chair
- Community Engagement Chair
- Immediate Past President
We are *thinking* about starting a blog and/or newsletter to publish articles and opinions of interest to the neighborhood. If you are interested in writing, let us know and we’ll keep you informed as plans develop.