Volunteer for Open Streets
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Volunteer for Open Streets

Street view from September 2016Open Streets Windsor is creating a world-class program that will connect our diverse neighbourhoods and people across our community on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open Streets is a program where streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where visitors of all ages; abilities; and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can hit the streets to enjoy an array of healthy and fun physical and recreational outdoor activities.

Pulling off an event like Open Streets is only possible with lots of volunteer help and that's where you come in! We are looking for volunteers who are fun, friendly and excited about making a difference!

To take advantage of this opportunity, please meet our Open Streets Team at Senator Croll Park (adjacent to Charles Clark Square) under the Motor City Community Credit Union on Sunday, September 23, 2018 9am-3pm. Please complete a volunteer waiver and review the Volunteer training video.

Why volunteer for Open Streets?

  • Enjoy an opportunity to help others in your community
  • Have a great time yourself and meet new friends
  • Enhance your resume with a truly unique example of volunteer experience 
  • Volunteers who successfully participate on the day of the event will have their name placed in a draw to win one bike donated by Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

Congratulations to Open Streets volunteers Abimbola Arogundade, winner of a bicycle donated by Canadian Tire Jumpstart and Lloyd Strong, winner of a family 4-pack of passes to Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union! (Pictured below are Marcel Doreleyers from Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Michael Chantler from Adventure Bay, Lloyd, Abimbola and members of the Open Streets committee.)

2018 volunteer contest winners

What do volunteers do?

 The primary role of our volunteers is to:
  • Maintain safety of route for participants.
  • Greet participants as they enter the route.
  • Assist with entrance/exit of authorized vehicles.
  • Direct unauthorized traffic to alternate routes.
  • Safely remove the barricade after the Windsor police cruiser has swept your location at the end of the event.

Volunteer Roles

Opportunities include Block Captain, Bike Rocket, and Ambassador (see below volunteer descriptions):

Smiling volunteer September 2016Block Captain
Block Captains play a key role in managing both Ambassadors and Intersection Monitors (please see descriptions below) within a specific portion of the Open Streets route. You will be responsible for things such as receiving volunteers, giving out resources (e.g. signs, safety equipment, water, swag) and oversight of all volunteers within your "area," as it were. This position is exclusive to volunteers over the age of 18.
Bike Rocket
Bike Rockets work with Block Captains to ensure all volunteers within a portion of the route receive breaks and the resources they need to do their job. Bike Rockets will help with set-up and take-down. Bike Rockets are required to be able to move through a 2km portion of the route. A mobility device, such as a bicycle, is necessary.
Volunteer shifts to be announced soon.
Ambassadors are responsible for looking after a hard-closed street to ensure that barricades are not moved and that participants entering the Open Streets route are welcomed. Ambassadors are the cheerleaders of Open Streets.  You make the route fun! Bring some music, a chair, sidewalk chalk! Get creative, and make your street the best place to pass by at Open Streets. (If you have a group that would like to help out at Open Streets, this is a great group activity. Contact us for more information about group volunteering.)

Volunteer Shifts (subject to change)

This year we will be introducing Micro Volunteering - short 2-hour opportunities.

  • 8:30-10am (set up)
  • 9:45-11am
  • 10:45am-1pm
  • 12:45pm-3pm
  • 2:15pm-4:15pm (tear down)

Training Manual

Training is mandatory for all volunteers. The City has prepared an interactive Training Manual, which compiles instructions and information every volunteer needs to know for the event. 

Volunteers, please view the training manual online and email osvolunteers@citywindsor.ca if you have any questions.

For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, contact us at:

Open Streets Windsor Volunteers
Project Manager
2450 McDougall Street
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N8X 3N6
Phone: 519-253-2300 ext. 2726
Email: osvolunteers@citywindsor.ca

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