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The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association is a non-profit membership organization working--through programs, services and advocacy--for the economic, social, cultural and environmental vitality and beautification of Downtown.
The Downtown Association primarily serves its members in the areas of Parking, Promotions, Design, Economic Activities and Thursday Night Promotions. Committees for these issues are comprised of business owners, employees and the public at large. The 11-member Board of Directors is comprised of business owners and managers.
One important fact about the Downtown Association operation is that it is entirely voluntary, with the exception of the staff, and that it is a member-run organization. The businesses are their own guide and determine the ultimate direction of the Downtown Association.
The Board of Directors hires an administrator who is responsible for carrying out the directive of the committees, overseeing the budget, maintaining relationships with City Hall, members, other state and community organizations and the media.
The administrator also serves as the Main St. Manager and oversees the activities of the staff. The Promotion Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the highly popular Farmers' Market activities and also manages all promotions that occur in the Downtown area; including sidewalk sales, Holiday Programs, Halloween activities, and much more.
The office manager runs the daily nuts and bolts of a busy office including phones, letters, errands, working with the public and mounds of paperwork as well as much of our print and media design.