GET INVOLVED

Below is a list of some opportunities to get involved and newsletter signup. See our events page for upcoming events. See our projects page and programs page for current projects and programs.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS

Updated on October 9th, 2017

DESIGN REMEDIATION FOR THE PARK AT LEDROIT

OADC has been approached by the Friends of the Park at LeDroit to provide design alternatives and recommendations for the scheduled remediation of an existing neighborhood park. The project scope includes:

– Site visit and meeting with representatives from the Friends of the Park.
– Assessment of District plans for soil remediation, including research on cost.
– Development of design alternatives based upon available budget for remediation.

OADC is determining exact project requirements and schedule, but it is anticipated that this would be a fast-paced project with a need to produce alternatives quickly. These would be presented to the District by the Friends of the Park at LeDroit in order to determine the best use of funding. Issues for the park include:

– Poor plant growth due to compacted and deficient soil conditions;
– Reassessment of pathways and paving materials;
– Maintenance and vandalism.

3 to 5 volunteers are needed immediately to form an exploratory team to begin discussions with the Friends of the Park group. Project leader preferred qualifications:

– Familiarity with the neighborhood (bonus if you live there or nearby!);
– Knowledge of landscape construction methods;
– Interest in park design.

Drop Chau Pham a line at cpham22@gmail.com to learn how to get involved. 


DESIGN FOR CHILDREN


Description:
We have a
new existing childcare center in need of volunteers! Wonders Early Learning at Leland is a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education for children 18 months to 5 years old. Their mission is to create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities, and they want their existing space to reflect that (see project brief). 

We are looking for individuals who are interested in participating in any way (documenting existing conditions, providing design solutions to improve their space, posting updates on blogs, etc). Design experience in childcare centers is a plus, though it’s by no means a requirement. If you are interested, please drop by at the Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour to check out the work current teams did for their centers.

If you can’t make it to the event, please email Chau Pham at cpham22@gmail.com to learn more about the project. The project will kick-off in the Fall.

COMMUNICATION VOLUNTEERS


Description:
Interested in helping out our chapter but you aren’t just ready to jump onto a project because you need flexible hours? This volunteer position may be perfect for you!
We are seeking 2-3 volunteers to work with the DC steering committee to help promote storytelling of chapter activities and maintain the current communication programs.

Responsibilities (shared between the volunteers):

  • Maintaining and developing content for the chapter website www.openarcdc.org (via WordPress)
    Keep our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) up to date by posting photos, stories and other interesting and relevant information
  • Developing written content for newsletters, media outreach, events and third-party collaborations.
    Work with steering committee to put together information regarding projects, events, and funding opportunities.
  • Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per month (1 monthly meeting + offline tasks)

If you are interested, please send an email describing your interest in the position to Joe Fuentes at contact@openarchdc.org. If applicable, please include any relevant past experience. It’s fine if you haven’t used the web platforms listed above. You will receive training for the responsibilities listed above.

Please note this is an unpaid position. Volunteers work along side the steering committee to achieve missions and goals of the chapter. It’s a great way to be in the “know” and learn about the chapter and the rest of the organization.

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR


Primary Description:
Develops and maintains a dialogue between the Chapter Leadership and its members, as well as between the Chapter and the general public. Works with volunteers to maintain web & social media presence to keep Chapter members informed of activities and opportunities, publicize Chapter events & accomplishments, and provide information to the general public about the Chapter and its activities.

Additonal Roles:
Strategize information sharing techniques and tools for Chapter business & project teams
Support project teams in publicizing their work
Term: 2-years
Time Commitment: 6-10 hours per month (1 monthly meeting + offline tasks)

Join a Committee

For detailed information regarding the Committees, reference Committee Descriptions Document. Join a committee and play an integral role in building Open Architecture DC. These are exciting times with the international rebuilding of our organization and we want to hear from you!

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