Volunteer with the National Street Service in Corktown 

 

Project dates to be announced. Stay tuned!

 

About the National Street Service

Established in 2017 with a pilot in San Francisco, the National Street Service (NSS) is expanding to Corktown, Detroit with a ten week program - a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make streets better for their community.  During the program, you will observe and explore your street, create opportunities to help others reimagine what the street is for, and collaborate across neighborhoods on projects to make streets welcoming for everyone.

The National Street Service (www.nationalstreetservice.org) works across neighborhoods, generations, cultures, and city lines to celebrate the people, places, and moments that make our streets so valuable. We honor the soul of our cities by working with everyday people to make streets better places for everyone. The National Street Service was founded by Ford’s Greenfield Labs in collaboration with Gehl. This program is a joint effort between Ford’s Greenfield Labs and Ford’s Corktown initiative.

 

Position Summary

We are inviting YOU to become part of the National Street Service. We are seeking 40 volunteers for a 10-week project focused in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. 

Volunteers will have flexible assignments totaling approximately five hours of work per week, with a stipend for completing training and actions within the program. Volunteers will also be required to attend weekly community meetings to share progress and ideas. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

This program is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make streets better for their community. During the program, you will observe and explore your street, create opportunities to help others reimagine what the street is for, physically transform your streets, and collaborate across neighborhoods on projects to make streets welcoming for everyone.

You will receive a training toolkit that will help you discover and explore your streets and connect with your neighbors and people across your city. You’ll learn new ways of telling stories and communicating what you value in your city. Your fellow participants could be anyone - we welcome people from all walks of life who bring different personal perspectives - you’ll have the chance to work with new neighbors, city officials, local students, Ford employees, creatives, and community connectors.

The program is organized in four phases. In the first phase you will spend time out in the street, observing and reflecting to give you a fresh perspective. You will see what is working well, and where there are opportunities for improvement. In the second phase you will be guided to start taking action in the street, and having conversations with others to learn about how streets are important to others in your community. In the third phase you will team up with all volunteers to present the most important ideas you discovered to your community by hosting a fun event that invites everyone to come and understand your shared vision for the streets of Corktown. The final phase will give you the opportunity to connect your ideas to civic leaders and Ford leadership to influence the future of the neighborhood.

 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Communicate with your city leads in a timely manner through text messages or email - Manage short daily tasks independently and reliably

  • Make thoughtful observations of your street

  • Meet fellow volunteers and work together to create projects

  • Attend regular meetings hosted in Corktown

  • Have fun, make connections and inspire everyone with your ideas for better streets!

 

For questions, email hq@nationalstreetservice.org