If you’re a SABA neighbor there are many ways you can volunteer:

Block Captain

We need to hand deliver information throughout the South Ardmore Betterment Alliance neighborhood about four times a year. This hand delivery saves us from paying the ever-increasing postage rates AND ensures that neighbors who do not have access to the web or are new to the neighborhood are informed about events. Block captains sign up to delivery newsletters to those who live on their block. We continue to increase the number of block captains that we have so that no volunteer is unduly burdened. If you want to be a block captain, please send us your contact information and the block(Drunk you want to volunteer for at Block Captain Volunteers.

Park Gardener - The Green Thumb Team

Our landscape committee has been working in Normandy Park for several years now. Neighbors with a gardening interest are invited to sign up to help maintain the newer gardens as well as create additional plantings - this year we will install a vegetable garden. We have already begun landscaping around the house, and work is ongoing to remove the invasive Norway Maples from the hedges. Contact Park Gardener Volunteer.

4th of July

This is our neighborhood's biggest and longest-running event. We kick off the celebration with a traditional neighborhood parade complete with patriotic costumed kids, family pets, scooters, trikes and bikes. We currently have a parade coordinator that is working on making the parade even more exciting. Hundreds of neighbors join in with fire trucks leading the way. We gather at Elwell Field where parade entrants are judged. Then it is on to the field events including sack, and the water balloon toss. Other activities include face painting, arts and crafts, a dunk tank, and of course the FOOD tent. To make this event possible we need lots of volunteers to help arrange the event, set up equipment, staff the various activities and then clean up at the end of the approximately 3 hour party. Specific volunteers needed include a Master of Ceremonies, singers, ticket sellers, food coordinators, sports/game liaisons, event photographers, audiovisual guru, and ticket sellers. We also are eager to feature neighbors with special talents, hobbies or skills. We need at least 30 neighbors to devote a few hours on this day to make it a success. IF you are going to volunteer for one activity this year, please make it the 4th of July, contact 4th of July Volunteer.

Autumn Music Festival in the Park and Fall Perennial Planting - October

This is an annual fall event in Normandy Park. Our musicians are local talent many of whom are recognized nationally. If you are a musician or part of a small musical group, please consider volunteering for the Music Festival. Other volunteers will help with the annual bake sale, event set up and clean up. Everyone is welcome to meet at Normandy Park for hours of entertainment. Bring a few chairs, and your favorite food to share with neighbors. Those with green thumbs can stop by earlier to help prepare the Park for spring blooms by planting fall bulbs. This is a great day for neighbors with younger children. We need gardeners, musicians, refreshment experts, and, perhaps this year, a master craftsman or two. Contact Autumn Music Festival Volunteer.

Haunted Halloween in Normandy Park - October

Our haunted house in Normandy Park with Halloween costume contest and parade continues to evolve now that SABA and Chestnutwold Elementary School’s PTO are coordinating Halloween-themed parties. We don’t know what we’ll offer yet for 2008, but one thing we know is that we need a few neighbors to step forward to begin preliminary plans. Contact Halloween Volunteer.

Luminaria Night – December

2007 marked our first Luminaria night – a Friday evening in late December in which neighbors decorate their homes and light luminarias. Join us in Normandy Park for the 2nd annual Luminaria Lighting Ceremony in which neighbors team up to encircle all of Normandy Park in luminaria. Hot cider, a bonfire, toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and desserts abound. We ran out of luminaria supplies in 2007, so pre-order anytime; Supplies will be approximately $5 per ten luminaria candles and bags. Volunteers needed to judge holiday decorated homes, create theme prizes, contact local businesses for prizes, and to organize incoming refreshments. Contact Luminaria Night Volunteer. .

Spring Normandy Park Planting and Cleanup – April/May

SABA was officially incorporated as a neighborhood association in 2000 in a large neighborhood effort to save our last piece of undeveloped open space. That property is now Normandy Park. Every year, SABA and its landscaping committee invite the community to help with the ongoing beautification of this very special parcel of land. SABA purchases some plants but much of what is added to our park are plants donated by neighbors. If you appreciate nature, watching plants blossom throughout the year, or just love digging in the dirt, please join us for this fun event. Volunteer opportunities include donating plants, preparing garden beds, planting new plants, weeding current beds, and helping children with fun gardening. Contact Spring Planting Volunteer.

Pont Reading Creek Cleanup – May/June

One of our longest running events, celebrating its 8th year – a great eco-friendly excuse to gather in front of Yearsley’s prior to the cleanup to drink coffee, eat lots of doughnuts, and compare notes with neighbors on the weather, your gardens, child rearing, neighborhood excitement, and always intriguing township activities, prior to slipping on old sneakers, gloves and heading into the brisk ankle deep waters of Pont Reading Creek. Every year volunteers are able to take out a lot of litter from the creek as well as make interesting discoveries. Who knows what we'll find this year? In 2008 the Cub Scouts are co-sponsoring this event and any family with Chestnutwold connections or any family in the SABA neighborhood is welcome to join in the fun!. Contact Pont Reading Cleanup Volunteer.

If you are interested in joining SABA as a member, please visit our membership page.

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