Get Off Your Butt and Volunteer
Thousands throughout Maplewood already volunteer their time and energy, but for those few who haven't yet found the right fit, we have the answer!
Maplewood is a town full of volunteer spirit.
Patch has chronicled doctors volunteering to provide free dental service to those in need; local churches running rummage sales; families, faith groups and rock bands feeding the hungry; Girl Scouts cleaning up Maplewood Village; locals selling lemonade to buy books and materials for the library.
And so much more.
Still, by our calculations, there are about twelve people left in Maplewood who are not volunteering (and we're pretty sure they're all on MaplewoodOnline publishing angry screeds...).
To these few, we suggest a three-step course of action:
- Get informed (Patch is a good place to start; We've chronicled the town's and school board's budget processes, the re-examination of the town's Master Plan, plans to redevelop the old police station site and the Village post office site, updates on Springfield Avenue and other commercial district economic development and so much more).
- Get out and vote.
The Township of Maplewood has numerous active citizen-staffed committees and boards that help shape decisions about what the town will look like (parks, zoning, historic preservation, planning), programming to serve its citizens (recreation, arts, library), and how to address social issues (health, rent leveling, local assistance).
Here's the list of Maplewood Boards & Committees
Your way into these committees is through the town's Community Volunteer Resource Program, which was formed by the Township Committee "as a way to assist us in our continuing task of seeking qualified and interested citizens to serve in a variety of volunteer capacities."
And if you don't want to serve on a board or a committee, the town is also looking for residents who have expertise in or can do the following:
- write grants
- provide general clerical support
- staff a flu clinic
- volunteer with fire and police reserves, the first aid squad or the community emergency response team
If you would like to become part of the town's volunteer program, you can fill out a volunteer form indicating your interests and return it to Town Hall: 574 Valley St., Maplewood, NJ 07040.