Community Service Projects

Community service projects:
The art fair serves a greater good. The Community Club’s art fair proceeds support youth programs, environmental projects and a community newspaper—service projects that benefit the Park Point Community also serve the wider population of Duluth inhabitants. These projects have fostered a unity of purpose among volunteers, artists and fair goers alike. Some examples:

  1. The Park Point Summer Youth program. The Community Club funds and administers a youth program for Duluth children ages 5-13. Kids enjoy the beach, play baseball and tennis, kayak, do arts and crafts projects and go on field trips.
  2. Boardwalks. The Club has also built numerous boardwalks, including projects in conjunction with Rotary volunteers. Each boardwalk helps to prevent beach erosion and provide handicapped access to the beauty of the Park Point beach.
  3. Annual tree planting. Community Club members engage school children in planting trees to help stop beach erosion and to prevent sand from blowing onto walkways and public parking areas
  4. Community news. The Park Point Breeze, a community newspaper with a 32-year history, the Breeze informs readers and provides a forum for discussion about important issues—part of the glue that keeps our community together.
  5. Giving more. The Club and its members donate volunteer time and funding to various local charities that seek assistance.

Although these monetary figures represent a substantial investment back into Duluth, they do not reflect the value associated with the thousands of hours volunteered by Park Point residents and friends who make these projects possible.

 

Grassroots Support:
Volunteers savvy to the Community Club’s many community projects donate hundreds of hours of their time—planning, promoting, setting up, running and cleaning up the event. Many volunteers remember the first years of the fair, which began in 1970, and take pride in being a part of the proven success. It is not unusual to find twenty year veterans among the volunteers and lasting relationships between volunteers and artists.

The Community Club spends time, money and resources to maintain relationships with the artists and draw the best caliber of work and engender long term commitments on the part of all participants. Without this considerable investment made by the club and its volunteers on behalf of the artists the event would not be of the quality and the success it has been for so many years.

This is truly a grassroots event; from the organization and its happening to spending the money it generates. Volunteers and artists are well aware of the contributions made to the environment and the youth programs on the part of the Club and a unison of purpose and good will has driven its success and longevity.

Get involved and get to know your neighbors, while supporting a great tradition on the Point. Volunteers are needed before, during and after the Park to help set up, clean up, greet visitors, booth sit and assist children at the art make and take area. Volunteers may be needed late May early June to help distribute posters and bookmarks to area businesses.

The event raises money that the Community Club uses to support the ever popular summer youth program! Hope to see all the parents who send their children to the summer youth program at Lafayette volunteering at this year’s fair! The proceeds also support environmental projects like the preservation of the Minnesota Pine Forest, dune restoration and tree plantings.

Sign up to share as little or as much time as you can spare. In addition to the good karma, volunteers gain an invite to an exclusive, yet highly inclusive, artist dinner. Plus you can take home a t-shirt!

Volunteering at the Park Point Art Fair is so rewarding on so many levels. Please consider helping out the fair and have some fun!

call Diane Gould at 727-4067