Recruiting Volunteer Captains


We’re now recruiting passionate and energetic Sunday Streets fans to join the growing Sunday Streets team as Volunteer Captains for the 2015 Season. Volunteer Captains are our Ninjas of all trades, from set-up to outreach to break-down, they help us make Sunday Streets run smoothly.

Duties & Responsibilities:  Sunday Streets Volunteer Captains help Sunday Streets staff lead and manage volunteers on a portion of the Sunday Streets route. Either by manning one of the information and outreach booths, or by monitoring a portion of the route by bike, they help troubleshoot any issues that arise throughout the day to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time at Sunday Streets. Volunteer Captains serve in one of two roles:

Information and Outreach Booth Volunteer Captain

  • Lead outreach efforts to solicit new volunteers, donors, and supporters and sell merchandise
  • Answer questions regarding the event
  • Support Sunday Streets staff and lead small teams of volunteers at the booth.

Route Monitor Volunteer Captain

  • Lead small teams of volunteers to set up and/or break down the event. This includes moving barricades and hanging/removing event signage.
  • Monitor a portion of the route during event to: provide support to volunteers, escort vehicles that may need to drive on the street, ensure all barricades and equipment remain place.

Volunteer Captains are expected to:

  • Volunteer for a 4-hour shift during at least four Sunday Streets events between March and October, 2015. Shifts are 9:15am-1:15pm or 1-5pm.
  • Attend a volunteer captain training in February or May, 2015.
  • Support Sunday Streets staff and volunteers.
  • Help communicate and troubleshoot any hiccups that occur throughout the day.
  • Spread Sunday Streets joy and enthusiasm to ensure all volunteers and participants have an amazing experience at Sunday Streets.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Have volunteered at Sunday Streets before.
  • Able to bring and ride your bike (required for route monitor captains only, encouraged for booth captains)


  • Gain outreach, volunteer management, event management, and general non-profit experience.
  • Work with amazing staff and volunteers.
  • Undying appreciation from thousands of San Franciscans who love Sunday Streets.
  • Sunday Streets sweatshirt, messenger bag, or other nifty appreciation gift.
  • That warm fuzzy feeling you’ll get from knowing you helped make Sunday Streets possible.

To Apply:  Complete the brief Volunteer Captain Application form by February 17.

Contact Information: Please feel free to contact us for additional information or questions at For more information about Sunday Streets and other volunteer roles and tasks, visit

Sign the Volunteer Pledge!

As we’re filing permits for the 2015 Sunday Streets events, we have to show we’ve got all of the resources to create eight successful events – that means money and volunteers. Last year 300 volunteers donated over 1,500 hours of their time to the program. This year, we’ve added more neighborhood outreach shifts and new event setup and breakdown shifts to make each event as smooth, safe, and pleasant as possible for participants and neighbors. We estimate we’ll need at least 2,000 volunteer hours to reach that goal.

Will you stand up for Sunday Streets? Sign the volunteer pledge by March 8 to help us demonstrate thousands of people love Sunday Streets and are willing to make it happen this year.


Sign the Volunteer Pledge! Will you stand up for Sunday Streets? Sign the volunteer pledge by February 8 to help us demonstrate that thousands of people love Sunday Streets and are willing to help make it happen.

Help us bring you more Sunday Streets!


At Livable City, we work to connect this city – through complete streets, great neighborhoods, sustainable transportation, and the Sunday Streets program. We need your help to continue shaping San Francisco into a place where everyone feels at home. Take, for example, Joe Avina and his son DJ.

Joe is a single father who lives in Fremont. In 2010, he came to Sunday Streets Embarcadero after searching for inexpensive activities he and DJ could do in the Bay Area. At the Great Highway event that year, DJ learned to ride his bike without training wheels. This was one of Joe’s favorite moments – watching DJ ride his bike in the middle of the Great Highway and play with the other kids next to the Pacific Ocean. “After DJ learned to ride without training wheels, I was forced to get a bike myself,” Joe recalls. “It helped me realize that it’s not just exercise, but a way to connect with my child in a way that’s healthy, free and fun.” Since that day over four years ago, Joe and DJ have attended dozens of Sunday Streets.

For Joe, “it’s not just about riding bikes or playing, the free goodies or the rock climbing walls. The people have a lot to do with it. People from the communities, the Bay Area, and especially the volunteers.” Because of Sunday Streets, father and son have shared new experiences together, sampling Venga empanadas, wandering through Fisherman’s Wharf, and riding throughout San Francisco’s parks. It’s also shifted his transit habits. “Sunday Streets has made me learn how to use BART while riding bikes, and has extended our rides to places all over the Bay that I might not have tried if I hadn’t learned how accessible it was – thanks to Sunday Streets.”

Sunday Streets, which brought nearly 300,000 people together in neighborhoods across the city, is just one part of how we work to connect this city. Sunday Streets opens the streets in your neighborhood one day a year. Livable City is working to open the streets in your neighborhood every day to make San Francisco more livable, healthy, and equitable. In response to San Francisco’s housing crisis, we championed the passage of six pieces of legislation, positively impacting as many as 100,000 homes. We strengthened requirements for street-level design of new buildings and adjacent sidewalks to improve safety, neighborhood livability, and commercial vitality. We helped advance a plan to improve Muni, which you will see take shape as Van Ness’s bus rapid transit line begins construction in 2015.

We want to bring you more Sunday Streets, more often, but we can’t do it without you. This program costs nearly $400,000 annually to provide free, fun, and healthy programming across the city. Your donation supports this program. Your support will also help Livable City replace a freeway stub with a new neighborhood, rebuild the city with complete streets, and improve transit capacity and reliability.


We hope you will make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to Livable City of $50, $100, or more. We also invite you to pledge to volunteer ( with us so we can shape San Francisco into a more livable city. Thank you for your support. We’re looking forward to seeing you back at Sunday Streets next year.

Job Openings for 2015 event staff!

2015 Sunday Streets Event Staff

We are currently seeking four amazing individuals to help staff Sunday Streets events in 2015. Event Staff will assist with site set-up and breakdown of the Sunday Streets route and information booths at all eight events. During event hours, they will support Sunday Street Staff and lead volunteers staffing the event, conducting outreach, selling merchandise, and collecting data.

To learn more about the Sunday Streets Event Staff position, and for information on how to apply click here.

End of Season Survey – results and winners!

EndofYearSurvey Summary_Page_01To understand what makes Sunday Streets great, and what could make it better, we turned to the experts… you! In October and November, over 190 of you completed the Sunday Streets End of Year survey – telling us why you come to Sunday Streets, what it means to you, and how it is, or isn’t working for you and your neighborhood. We read through your answers, every single line of every single one. And boy, do you have a lot to say. Here are a few of the things we learned:

  • Sunday Streets has long-time devoted fans, and newcomers - 16% of people have attended every year since 2008, 30% attended for the first time this year.
  • 37% of people hear about Sunday Streets by word of mouth – so keep telling your friends
  • Our outreach efforts are reaching more people, but we still have more work to do – 20% of people learned of Sunday Streets from a flier, post card, or poster delivered by out outreach team, but 18% still learned about it just by running into it.
  • 40% of people visited a neighborhood for the first time at Sunday streets – most frequently mentioned, the Bayview and Excelsior neighborhoods.
  • 75% of people shopped or dined at local businesses during Sunday Streets – spending an average of $35 during each event.
  • What you love about Sunday Streets:

“Experiencing the various kinds of people in the City!  It feels safe, no worries about cars—feels like people are free to be themselves.”

“Getting to know the neighborhood on a more intimate level without the hassle of driving and finding parking.  Discovering new venues and learning more about the neighborhood.”

  • That most of you want more Sunday Streets: more hours (start earlier or later), more neighborhoods, more events, more activities, more/different sponsors, seating, more activities for walkers, more cultural institutions and youth centered activities.
  • That we can’t make everyone happy every time, because some of you want opposite things: More food trucks and vendors/No food trucks and vendors; More live music/No amplified sound; Longer and less crowded events/Shorter and more compact events; more events in the Mission/fewer events in the Mission. More Sunday Streets/ No Sunday Streets.

Click here for the summary report.

While there won’t be any drastic changes to Sunday Streets in 2015, we are taking all of your comments to heart and exploring ways to tweak and fine-tune the program. From programs and activities, to signage and maps, we’re making improvements so 2015 will be even more successful and enjoyable for everyone.  In particular, we’ll continue to expand our outreach activities so that more people hear about and engage with Sunday Streets and fewer neighbors are surprised or caught off guard.

Congratulations to Mary, Meredith, Patricia, Griselda, and Caroline, the randomly selected winners of Sunday Streets hoodies and a Messenger bag. Thanks to everyone who took the survey and shared your Sunday Streets experience.

Didn’t get a chance to participate? As always, you can send us comments, questions, and feedback directly at

Some reasons why people love Sunday Streets

During our Mission event in August, we celebrated our 50th Sunday Streets! We gathered as many responses as possible and hung them near each of our Volunteer and Information booths.

We asked people why they love Sunday Streets and these are their responses! We’re so happy to see smiles on peoples faces. We can’t wait for our 2015 season to start! Thank you to those who participated in filling these out :)

#50for50Don’t forget to continue your awesome volunteerism as we await for Sunday Streets events. We will be holding a Volunteer Movie Night Tuesday, December 16th from 6pm-8pm at our Livable City Offices. We’ll be watching a Christmas flick to keep the holiday spirits going and will provide light snacks and drink. Check out our Volunteer page and sign up!


Survey Board says…

Throughout our 2014 season, we created these survey boards that were stationed at each of our Sunday Streets booths. We did our best collecting as many responses as possible.

We asked volunteers and participants what they were doing at Sunday Streets and how they heard about us. The survey board collection started halfway through the season, but we finally added up our data and created this image just for you.

During five events (Great Highway, Richmond, Mission, Western Addition and Excelsior) we collected answers from 453 participants. These are the results:
2014 Answers_Survey Posters


-  50% of participants walked to Sunday Streets

-  28% cycled to Sunday Streets

-  10% joined an activity hub

-  8% were on other wheeled devices

-  4% were jogging or running


Huge thanks to all the volunteers and participants who engaged in our fun survey :) We’ll have more to come next season!

Sunday Streets 2014 End of Year Survey

Help us evaluate the 2014 season and shape the future of Sunday streets in order to provide the best experience for Sunday Streets participants, neighbors, merchants, and the city! All it takes is 5 minutes and your answers to a few short questions.

Click here to complete the survey, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a messenger bag from Rickshaw Bagworks and Sunday Streets T-shirts. Survey closes Friday November 7.

As always, you can send us comments, questions, and feedback directly at

Volunteer Movie Night 11/12/14

Although we’ve just had last Sunday Streets of the year, there is still be plenty of work to do before the season starts again next year. We’ll keep the monthly volunteer movie nights going through the off-season. Keep your Sunday Streets chops sharp and join us for the November volunteer movie night.

What: We’ll enjoy a fun flick and good company, while preparing envelopes and letters for our year end appeal!
Where: Livable City Offices, 433 Natoma St
When: Wednesday November 12, 6 pm to 8 pm

RSVP below, so we’ll be sure to have enough popcorn!

Volunteer Spotlight: Anne Lindeen – jack of all trades

 Anne began volunteering in 2012; over the last three years, you may have seen her at the information booth or helping out at an intersection. Whatever the need, Anne is always quick to step up and lend a helping hand. Below, she explains why….
Anne says…
I started volunteering to learn about various San Francisco neighborhoods and to enjoy the outdoors. This is my third year volunteering and I really enjoy working with the fantastic volunteers – both Sunday Streets volunteers and merchants in the neighborhoods.

I do not have a favorite route because I enjoy all of them. Each neighborhood has its own personality and they show of their public pride.The impression I get from the communities is the residents enjoy having Sunday Streets coming to them.

I would like to tell everyone to get out and enjoy the fun and activities Sunday Streets offers. There are activities for all ages. Also to get out and meet your neighbors, see the smiles on everyone’s faces. To meet others who have the same interests as you. I cannot begin to count how many times participants said “Thank you” or “Thank you for doing this” This makes me feel really good and want to continue doing this.

So next time you see Anne, or any volunteer at Sunday Streets, keep saying thank you! And to find out for yourself all the joy and fun of volunteering, sign up to volunteer today!

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