Volunteer Spotlight: Anna Yin


Anna Yin just started volunteering this year but has already made a huge impact with Sunday Streets. Along with volunteering at the Great Highway, Richmond, Mission, and Western Addition events she has also been helping us get ready for events at our monthly volunteer movie nights. Here’s what she has to say about her volunteer experiences!

What motivated you to volunteer at Sunday Streets?

Last year I had a blast attending the Bayview/Dogpatch Sunday Streets, which was in my neighborhood. People at the information booth told me about the great opportunities to volunteer for a good cause. I completely agree and this is what motivated me. Along with my experience volunteering at the info booth, I have helped with outreach and attended a volunteer movie night to prepare material for Sunday Streets events. I have also signed up for mystery shift that allows me to sub in positions that need most help.

What do you enjoy most at Sunday Streets?

I enjoy working with other volunteers, team captains and the organizers. I also have a great time socializing with people who attend the event.  I have fun before and after my shift. It’s very rewarding experience for me.

What is your favorite Sunday Streets event location and why?

My favorite Sunday Streets event is the one close to my neighborhood, Bayview/Dogpatch Sunday Streets. I like seeing my neighbors and friends enjoying the community event. There are many young and old people who live in my neighborhood, along with pets. When Sunday Streets blocks car access, it’s perfect for people to ride their bikes, roller skate and it’s a very pet friendly event. It’s a great way for people and community businesses to connect with one another.

Come join the fun! Check out all of the upcoming Sunday Streets volunteer opportunities at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight: Rigel Apolinar, Information Booth Rock Star!

Rigel (and Tayla) and Anne at Richmond Sunday Streets, 2013

Rigel (and Tayla) and Anne at Richmond Sunday Streets, 2013

Rigel has been volunteering since at least 2012. Although she’s held a variety of volunteer shifts during and before events, she’s most commonly seen at the Volunteer and Information booth, answering questions about Sunday Streets and encouraging people to sign up for the Sunday Streets newsletter and, of course, volunteer! Here’s what she has to say about volunteering with Sunday Streets:

My first experience as a Sunday Streets volunteer was a bit overwhelming, but fun. I was an intersection monitor. I didn’t realize how much work went into, but at the same time I had a blast meeting and greeting people that attended.

I think Sunday Streets has done a lot of positive outreach to each of the participating neighborhoods. I think people are finally getting to see what each neighborhood has to offer. It’s like bringing a neighborly piece of the suburbs into this city.

Some of my favorite moments at Sunday Streets are watching the bright smiles and laughter coming from people of all ages. Whether they are listening to a live band to riding a bike down a car free street it’s infectious and never gets old. Knowing that you can make that happen is never ending satisfaction for me.

Anything else? I think people don’t realize we are a almost 100% volunteer based event. I think if we put that out there more it would help bring in more volunteers.

You heard her, Sunday Streets wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time, energy and enthusiasm each year to making Sunday Streets fun and safe for everyone. Join the team: SundayStreetsSF.com/Volunteer!

Volunteer Movie Night September 4 – you pick the movie!

Vote for the movie of your choice:

Join us for the monthly volunteer movie night. We’ll enjoy a fun flick and good company, while preparing signs and other materials for the upcoming Sunday Streets in September. Have a movie suggestion? Email volunteer@livablecity.org.

What: Join us to watch a movie while doing some simple volunteer tasks, enjoying refreshments, and good company!
Where: Livable City Offices, 433 Natoma St
When: Thursday September 4, 6 pm to 8 pm
RSVP below, so we’ll be sure to have enough popcorn!

September Sunday Streets Volunteer Opportunities

Join us throughout the month as we get ready for two incredible Sunday Streets events in September!

Volunteer at Sunday Streets in the Excelsior 09/28/14

Visit http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/excelsior-92814/ for more information about the event.

Volunteer at Sunday Streets in the Western Addition 9/14/2014

Visit http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/western-addition-91414/ for more information about the event.

San Francisco State University Seeking Western Addition Residents for Survey!

Researchers seek residents of the Western Addition who participate in Sunday Streets to participate in a short walk & survey on Sunday September 7 and Sunday September 14.

Susan Zieff, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University, is conducting research to understand how Sunday Streets influences residents’ perceptions of neighborhood open space for recreation.

Participation in this study includes learning how to use a small computer (tablet), this takes about 10 minutes and then taking a walk in your neighborhood for approximately 30 minutes while recording what you see by talking into and taking photos on the tablet. Once the walk is completed, you will complete a short survey that will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Research participants will be scheduled for a 1-hour time frame on both days.

Research participants will receive a Sunday Streets t-shirt, a reusable bag, and coupons for participating in the study.

To sign up or learn more, email liza@livablecity.org by August 25.

Please share this invitation with any friends and neighbors you think may be interested.

We’re Turning 50! Support More Sunday Streets in San Francisco

Sunday Streets 50th

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Our August 24th Mission Sunday Streets marks our 50th Sunday Streets event! Thank you for supporting this program since it began in 2008. Over the last six years, Sunday Streets has opened streets to walk, ride, skate, and roll in neighborhoods throughout the city. We have grown from a small two event project to a year-long festival that draws well over 100,000 people each year. In celebration of this milestone, we invite you to support the Sunday Streets program. We need your help to allow us to sustain and grow our program into the future. Please consider making a donation in a $50 increment in honor of this event.

Your contribution positively impacts Livable City and the Sunday Streets program in several ways. You enable Sunday Streets’ program staff to work year-round with city agencies, non-profits, businesses, and community volunteers to ensure a safe and lively event schedule for the whole family. Your gift helps us bring necessary services such as the traffic monitors and first aid to the route as well as active programming – dancers, music, yoga, art and more. With your contribution, you allow us to work toward a vision of regular Sunday Streets throughout San Francisco, connecting one end of this diverse and wonderful city to the other.

Thank you for your support throughout these last 50 events. Whether you can donate $50 or $5,000, you can ensure another 50 Sunday Streets and help create a more livable city. Support Sunday Streets today.

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Join us for neighborhood outreach in the Mission!

Do you love Sunday Streets in the Missions? Do you live or work nearby? Then this is the job for you!

Outreach volunteers help us canvas the route before each event, inviting neighboring businesses and residents to participate in Sunday Streets and informing them of traffic and parking changes related to the event. This is critical to ensuring that Sunday Streets is not only great for everyone who comes to participate, but is also a good experience for people who live and work nearby.

Whether you can spare 20 minutes or 2 hours, every bit helps! Sign up for one of the days below, or email volunteer@livablecity.org with your availability.


Volunteer Spotlight: Welland Lau


Welland Lau and his collapsible bike are familiar sights at Sunday Streets events. He is one of Sunday Streets most dedicated volunteers and has worked as a route rabbit or volunteer captain at every event so far this season! We caught up with Welland to learn more about his experiences volunteering with Sunday Streets.
How did you first become involved as a Sunday Streets volunteer? 
Searching for something to do in the city, I checked out the Sunday Streets website for future events dates and saw that volunteers were needed. I felt that since I took took part in a couple of events that I would sign up to help out. Ever since that first event I volunteered in 2013 I have continuously volunteered at Sunday Streets.
What is your most memorable Sunday Streets experience?
It would have to be the first event that I volunteered for in 2013 at the Embarcadero as an intersection monitor. The intersection was slightly busy, but not too busy, great PCO (city traffic enforcement officer) to work with, perfect weather, good people watching vantage.
What is one tip you have for other Sunday Streets volunteers? 
Make sure to have fun!

Join the fun and all of the volunteers who make Sunday Streets a huge success! Sign up to volunteer at SundayStreetsSF.com/Volunteer.