Astoria Dog Owners Association operates exclusively with the help of dedicated volunteers (including our Board). Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are local dog owners, some are local business owners catering to dogs in the community (or work for these businesses), and some are both. We have people who were born and raised in Astoria, and others who are transplants. The biggest thing we all have in common is we love dogs, and want to better our community.
Some ways volunteers have been involved with in the past are:
- Campaigning for our Participatory Budget initiative
- Brainstorming ideas for improving our community (with a dog minded focus) at meetings
- Communicating with other dog owners about their needs and wants at dog focuses areas, such as off-leash hours, the “unofficial” dog run near the park (Bugsy’s), etc.
- Helping with fundraisers (we have held one thus for our Participatory Budgeting Campaign in order to fund the purchase of fliers and other materials necessary).
- Collecting petition signatures to provide evidence of community demand for services.
- Networking, and coordinating with other groups and businesses
- Attending community events/community meetings to discuss ADOA and our initiatives with local dog owners.
- Providing a unique skill set to help assist with a give initiative (some unique skill sets our volunteers [including the Board] have used to help ADOA achieve our goals include: business/financial experience or skills; organizational social media management or website design experience; marketing skills; photography/graphic design; experience in event planning, etc.)
Some additional ways volunteers could foreseeably be involved in the future:
- ****Helping maintain the new dog run (indeed, ADOA will be responsible for maintenance and will be recruiting for volunteers to help shortly before the run opens)****
- Helping plan, organize, and execute events.
- Helping gather data on what services are lacking in the community, or what changes may need to be made to help improve the community for dogs and their owners.
These lists are far from comprehensive, and our organization operates in a very fluid manner in response to community need and volunteer expertise. Therefore, the role volunteers play definitely varies depending on demand. We foresee the need for volunteers to grow significantly with time, as our organization (and Astoria) grows, and especially when the park opens.
If you are interested in getting involved with ADOA, we always welcome the help! Please visit our contact page, or consider joining our Facebook Group or email list. In addition, most of our meetings are open to the public. Let us know you are interest in volunteering, and we are happy to speak with you further.
Additionally: We welcome dog owners and community members; stop by, introduce yourself, and find out what we are about first hand. You can find out about our meetings schedule via our Facebook Page, our blog here on our website, and our Facebook Group.
Astoria Dog Owners Association is proud to have partnered with local business during our Participatory Budgeting Campaign in 2015. While we are not presently fundraising, we are always happy to speak with local businesses about our community, future partnership/sponsorship opportunities, and of course, our dogs!
To learn more about business who we have partnered with in the past, please visit our Fundraising Initiatives page.
To speak with us further about partnering with Astoria Dog Owners Association, please visit our contact page, or our Facebook page.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND PARTNERSHIP
Community Collaboration is an integral part of our mission at Astoria Dog Owners Association. If you are a member of a local community organization or civic group, and would like to learn more about Astoria Dog Owners Association, please contact us via our contact page or Facebook page.
Presently, we have partnered with Old Astoria Neighborhood Association on the new dog run being built in Astoria. However, there are a multitude of other needs in this community, and we are always happy to speak with concerned citizens and other local groups about how we can work together to make Astoria a better place for everyone.