The Importance Of Volunteering With Your Family

In today’s hectic world, families are finding other ways to spend time together. One way to do this is by volunteering as a whole! Research has shown that family volunteering strengthens them by learning about social issues and provides a new perspective on the world. It provides positive role models and passes on family values to children. Volunteering is our civic responsibility, which contributes new learning experiences and development of new skills for both children and adults. It increases interpersonal communication and best of all provides quality time for the family to spend together.

Sunday Streets offer these special volunteer opportunities that make time for a collective activity. We promote living a healthy lifestyle and being physically active, encouraging people to walk, bike or skate, and foster and strengthen communities. Sunday Streets is just one of many organizations people should volunteer for. Volunteering can give each family member a chance to shine as an individual as well as a team. It has the reward of showing each other something rarely seen by staying at home.

So the next time you’re puzzled over how to spend time with your family, pay it forward and volunteer! It’s one of the best ways to spend quality time with one another while giving back to your community. It’s fun and free and you’ll learn so much from your experiences.


Volunteer Pledge Results

As we finished our season kickoff at the Embarcadero on Sunday March 8, we concluded our Sunday Streets Volunteer Pledge. The pledge was made to show the city of San Francisco how many lovers and supporters we have to make our 2015 season a triumph. We truly couldn’t make any of these events happen without the contribution from our spectacular volunteers!

If you were wondering how many volunteers and hours they pledged, here are the results. We received responses from 61 volunteers, pledging 670 hours for 2015. That is amazing! We definitely plan on picking up more volunteers along the way.

Thank you so much to all those who signed our volunteer pledge! If you pledged to volunteer at our next event in the Bayview/Dogpatch, please sign up now! We’re looking forward to seeing you on April 12!

Meet the new Sunday Streets Event Staff!

We are so excited to welcome our 2015 Event Staff to the team. They will be at all eight Sunday Streets events, so look for them at the information booths to say hello!

Jessica Brown,  Event Staff
Jessica first volunteered with Sunday Streets in 2010 and has been with us every year since, acting as a volunteer captain in 2012 and 2014. She has been involved with various sustainable city and transportation justice organizations including Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and acting on the Community Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Transportation Plan 2040.  She received her MSW from San Francisco State University, and has worked as a social worker with the SF Department of Public Health for the last five years. Her favorite Sunday Streets moments include seeing a wedding celebration on the route, being at Glide’s Rev. Cecil Williams street naming in the Tenderloin, and watching the Thriller dance on roller skates!


Michael Carri, Event Staff
Michael joined Sunday Streets in 2015. A resident of San Francisco for 10 years, he has let the city leave it’s footprint on him from sea to shining bay. As a member of the city’s running community, he enjoys moving and shaking his way around town in ways both literal and figurative. Whether working with organizations for sustainability, economic justice, or public health, he likes to spend his days both thinking and acting locally.


Karen Gauss,  Event Staff


Karen Gauss joined the Sunday streets team in February, 2015 as one of our event staff. She is passionate about public spaces and likes to see them used for a variety of healthy activities in lieu of the auto-domination we see too often. A bay area gal from Milpitas, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Language Studies from UC-Santa Cruz, a master’s in Social Science-Global Studies from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a master’s in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University. She is well-traveled, and an avid average cyclist for everyday trips.

Stan ParkfordEvent Staff
Stan Parkford is a graduate of Urban Studies & Planning at SF State University, and is passionate about sustainable and active transportation. He has previously volunteered and intern’d at the SF Bicycle Coalition, and contributes to Streetsblog SF. He enjoys long walks through the city, a great sunny bike ride, intelligent and meaningful conversation, out-of-ordinary puns, and writing his thoughts about cities on his Twitter and personal blog. He is a big lover of public spaces and their effect on community, so he joins the Sunday Streets event staff with excitement, enthusiasm, and a readiness to have some fun!


Bret PutnamEvent Staff
Bret Golden Horn
Bret Putnam is a Bay Area native who has spent much of his professional career as a photographer, specializing in cuisine and portraiture. He has also worked as a teacher, newspaper reporter, in social services, and for the U.S. Census Bureau. He has lived in Italy, China, and Costa Rica. Bret is an avid bicyclist and urban hiker. He also enjoys fly fishing, organic gardening, and following the Giants. Bret lives in the Mission District with Freddy, a two-year-old Dalmatian/Australian cattle dog.

2015 Bayview and Dogpatch Sunday Streets Community Meetings

Join us at any upcoming community meetings to share any last concerns or ideas you have for the Bayview and Dogpatch Sunday Streets on April 12, 2015. Community input is essential and appreciated as we work together to make this year’s Sunday Streets the best yet!

Wednesday, February 25th, 1 p.m. – 2p.m.
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
1601 Lane Street

Wednesday, March 11th, 1 p.m. – 2p.m.
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
1601 Lane Street

Wednesday, March 11th, 6 p.m. – 7p.m.
Triple Voodoo Brewery and Taproom
2245 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Monday, March 16th, 6 p.m. – 7p.m.
Auntie April’s
4618 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

Monday, March 23rd, 6 p.m. – 7p.m.
Triple Voodoo Brewery and Taproom
2245 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Thursday, April 2nd, 6 p.m. – 7p.m.
Auntie April’s
4618 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

Please RSVP by clicking here. Interested but can’t attend? Email to share your comments or for more information.

Looking for Volunteers from the Bayview!

Talking the Walk: Using Photo and Voice Technology to Describe  Open Streets Neighborhoods

Hello, my name is Susan Zieff and I am a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. I am conducting research on neighborhood environments and physical activity in San Francisco. I am inviting you to participate because you live in or near the Bayview neighborhood.

I would like to invite your participation in this research by taking three walks with us in your neighborhood. Each walk takes approximately 30 minutes. We will use a small computer so that you can take photos and also talk about what you see. After each walk, I will ask you to take a survey for about 10 minutes.

The walks will take place on April 5, 12, and 19 between 11a.m. and 4p.m. To participate, I am asking you to complete all 3 walks. Each participant who completes the 3 walks will receive $15.00 and a water bottle and t-shirt from Sunday Streets.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in the research, I can be reached at or 415.531.8329.




What’s new for volunteers in 2015?

I hope you’re as excited as we are for another season of Sunday Streets. The 2015 schedule of events has been announced, if you haven’t already, be sure to save the dates on your calendar.Each year we make a few adjustments to try to improve your volunteer experience. Here are a few things you may notice that are a little different this year:

Volunteer manual: Whether you volunteer at every event or just once a year, the new and improved Volunteer Manual has all of the information you need to know to make your volunteer experience as fun and meaningful as possible.

Sign up forms
: You can now sign up for any volunteer shift this year. Visit any of the following pages to sign up for specific volunteer shifts, volunteer movie nightneighborhood outreachsignpostingMarch 8 EmbarcaderoApril 12 Bayview/DogpatchMay 10 MissionJune 14 SunsetJuly 12 TenderloinAugust 16 ExcelsiorSeptember 13 Western AdditionOctober 18 Mission.
Or simply visit to see all upcoming volunteer opportunities for the next 2 or 3 months.
Event Volunteer Shifts
  • Setup Crew and Breakdown Crew: To make set up and break down at the end of the day a little smoother, we’ve brought back the setup shift and added a breakdown shift. these shifts are great for volunteers who have a bike and are comfortable with a little manual labor.
  • Shift times: Please note the changes in shift times when you sign up. All shifts are still just 2.5 hours so you have plenty of time to explore all of Sunday Streets before and after your shift.
  • What happened to the Route Rabbit shift? Route rabbit duties have been incorporated into the setup crew, breakdown crew, and volunteer captain positions.
  • Volunteer Captains: Shifts are now just 4 hours, so you can volunteer in a leadership role, and still have free time to explore all that Sunday Streets has to offer. Volunteer captains commit to volunteering for at least 4 events during the year, and receive additional training. Interested? Sign up by February 17.

Volunteer check-in booths: In the past, we had two booths at each event for both volunteer-check-in and outreach activities. This year, there will still be two main volunteer check-in locations on each route, but there will be two booths there instead of one. One booth will serve as the volunteer check-in/check-out station. The other booth will be the hub of Sunday Streets information and outreach. We hope this will improve both activities. Look for the “Volunteer Check-in” Sign and those familiar orange and green shirts to know you’re in the right place.

Volunteer Movie Nights - These were such a success last year, that we’ve scheduled them for the entire 2015 Season. 4th Wednesday of the month, join us for a couple of hours of socializing, snacking, movie watching – oh yeah and a little bit of work. We’ll be preparing materials for each upcoming event.
Neighborhood Outreach - We’re working to do more and more to notify and invite neighbors to attend Sunday Streets. To make neighborhood outreach shifts more fun and more convenient, we’ve scheduled them for Saturday mid-mornings. Join us for a couple of hours to deliver posters and flyers, and we’ll celebrate our accomplishments at the end of the shift with a snack at a neighborhood cafe.
Perks and Appreciation
  • Every little bit counts: We want to show you that we appreciate each and every thing you do for Sunday Streets. Whether you spend 3 hours doing outreach, 2 hours preparing signs, or 2.5 hours monitoring an intersection, it all adds up. So, at the end of the season, we’ll add up all of the hours you volunteered with Sunday Streets, and give you a special appreciation gift.
  • Volunteer Raffle: While we love all our volunteers, we hold a special place in our hearts for people who volunteer at events time and again. After volunteering for 3 events, you’ll get one raffle entry for each event you volunteer. Volunteers will be entered in a chance to win a special Sunday Streets gift! The drawing will take place at the end of the season.
  • Visit for details.
New Staff! We’re thrilled to have Joelle Burila on board as a full time Volunteer Coordinator this year. She joined Sunday Street as an intern last year and won us over with her energy and enthusiasm. Learn more bout Joelle on our staff page and look for emails from her in your inbox!
Of course, not everything has changed. Here are a few things you can still count on:
  • great volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups and people of all ages
  • stylish volunteer t-shirt
  • tasty lunch for event volunteer shifts
  • the undying appreciation and thanks from all of us here at Sunday Streets and thousands of San Franciscans!
We’ve got a great year ahead of us. I hope you’ll sign up for shift, or sign the volunteer pledge and commit to supporting Sunday Streets again this year.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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