2023 Volunteer Opportunities and Job Descriptions
The Lake Leelanau Lake Association (LLLA) has grown in the past few years, and so has its need for more volunteers to join its growing number of committees, subcommittees, and task forces. Below are descriptions of some of the LLLA's activities in which were are currently seeking additional support. If you are interested in any of the activities below, please contact Annalise Povolo at [email protected] or the respective coordinator. Don't see something on this list that sparks your interest? Feel free to contact Annalise anyway to talk about other ways in which you can get involved.
Want to volunteer a couple of hours to represent LLLA at an event like the Lake Leelanau Street Fair, Farmers Market, or the 4th of July Parade?
Boat Cleaning Station Subcommittee: This subcommittee focuses on the design, construction, and management of the boat cleaning stations on Lake Leelanau. It also works with the Education Committee to educate boaters and community members on the importance of cleaning their boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Specific needs include:
- Education at Boat Cleaning Stations: Work consists of stationing at popular boat launches (particularly those with our boat cleaning stations) with educational materials, approaching boaters launching or coming out of the lake and talking to them about cleaning their boats to prevent the spread of AIS, and possibly helping them properly wash their boats at the cleaning station. Training will be provided by the Boat Cleaning Technician. Individuals should know or be willing to learn about AIS and how they spread, have good communication skills, and be personable.
Coordinator: Sue Downs [email protected]
Shoreline Stewards Subcommittee: The focus of the subcommittee is to develop education and awareness on the importance of natural shorelines and land use activities that impact water quality such as fertilization and septic system maintenance. Trained subcommittee members consult with riparians on these topics providing recommendations and referrals. Additionally, the subcommittee is working on improving local zoning ordinances to further protect water quality. Specific needs include:
- Zoning for Water Quality: The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is focused on regulating activities in the water. However, they do not regulate land use activities that can have a significant impact on water quality such as stormwater run-off and impacts of fertilizer use. The LLLA would like to see the townships surrounding the lake adopt model language that protects water quality. We are looking for several individuals that are interested in working with one or more local Planning Commissions (Leland, Suttons Bay, Bingham, Elmwood, Solon, and Centerville) to put in place zoning ordinances that are protective of water quality. Examples of zoning requirements for water quality include setbacks, vegetative buffers, impervious surface limitations, and waterfront minimum dimensions. Individuals should be interested in learning about best practices in zoning, learning about what other communities are doing, and evaluating existing zoning related to water quality protection. Individuals should have good written and oral communication skills, be able to attend Planning Commission meetings in person throughout the year and be personable. It could take several years to educate and help with zoning revisions.
Community Engagement Subcommittees
Events: Plan and coordinate summer events that raise awareness, membership, and donations. Examples of events are the LLLA Annual Meeting, Kids Fishing Day, Leland 4th of July Parade, Lake Leelanau Street Fair, Leland Art Fair, in-person educational presentation events (in coordination with the Education Committee), etc. Individuals should be organized, good planners, and have an interest in fostering community.
Fundraising: As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the LLLA operates based on fundraising and membership fees. The current primary source of fundraising is the Spring Virtual Auction, but the LLLA looks to add other opportunities to raise funds. Specific needs include:
- Spring Virtual Auction: There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into the Spring Virtual Auction. Subcommittee members are needed to solicit donations and sponsorships prior to the auction, promote the auction for bidders, and help with follow-up for acknowledging donations and distribution of auction items. Individuals should be personable and willing to ask for donations, organized, and have basic computer skills so they are able to use Google Sheets and the auction online website.