A great city is built by the sacrifice of volunteers that give it a spirit of community. The City of Portage encourages its citizens to find ways to make a difference in the Portage community and offers this convenient link to volunteer opportunities within the City of Portage.
Community Beautification Projects
There are many opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes to make a difference in Portage! Church groups, corporate citizens and service organizations often provide much-needed manpower for important beautification projects in the city. Projects range from park cleanup, flower planting (spring), flower bed adoption, park shelter upgrades, cleaning buildings at Celery Flats and other projects tailored to you or your group.
Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award Projects
City staff work directly with individual Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award candidates to design a service project that matches your skills and ambitions.
The city is always in need of volunteers to staff recreational and special events such as the Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Family Fishing Fair, among others. Jobs include everything from event set-up, staffing ticket booths and concession stands to crowd control and parking assistance.
City departments can often use the help of good volunteers, particularly the Office of the City Clerk and at the Portage Senior Center. Among other tasks, volunteers assist with election activities, assist with special events at the Senior Center and even drive the Senior Center van.
Advisory Boards and Commissions
Do you have some great ideas? Can you commit time each month to your community? The Portage City Council relies on community volunteers for a variety of services and periodically asks Advisory Boards and Commissions to review programs developed by the City Administration and make recommendations. Meeting times and responsibilities of each of the Boards and Commissions vary.
The City of Portage is blessed with water features that add to the aesthetics of the community. However, during these challenging economic times, the city has focused its efforts on maintaining core services for Portage residents and has reduced the funding of water feature operations, specifically for the operation of the Millennium Park fountain and the Lovers Lane Trailhead fountain. We have been asked, “Can I give the city the money to run the Millennium Park Fountain?” The answer is, “Yes!” The city will accept pledges to fund the operation of the three water features. Pledges will be totaled on May 1 to determine if there is sufficient funding to operate one of both of the fountains.
City Centre Flowers
Each spring, with the assistance of Kalamazoo In Bloom, the city transforms the Portage City Centre into a vibrant, thriving sea of color and texture. You may have noticed in recent years, however, that the number of flowers planted in the City Centre – and in other flowerbeds across the city – have been reduced. Like the water features, flowers add to the beauty and quality of life in Portage and residents often ask if they can donate to the purchase of flowers. Click the DONATE button to download and print a donation form to designate your tax-deductable donation to the Parks fund for the purchase of flowers.
Portage Senior Center
Did you know that the Portage Senior Center (PSC) is only partially funded by the City of Portage? More than 50 percent of operating funds are raised by staff, PSC members and the Friends of the Portage Senior. Additional funds for operating expenses and other equipment and building needs are raised through membership fees, special fund raising events, trips, occasional grants, participant fees, donations and memorial gifts. Visit the Friends of the Portage Senior Center website to make your tax-deductible contribution.