Get involved in your community!
Top needs (skills and experience required):
Attorneys for pro bono advice, bookkeepers, accountants, salespeople, event planners, project managers, marketing, advertising, and public relations professionals
Top needs (skills and experience optional)
Salespeople, data entry people, event planners, project managers, volunteer recruiters, volunteer coordinators
...but we also need many other interests, skills, and experience!
improves our community's safety
helps give us a powerful voice in getting and improving government services
helps improve property values
is an avenue for leadership development
is a way to help control the destiny of our community
is a way to get new business contacts
is a way to make new friends in our community
is great for personal growth
gives one a sense of accomplishment
gives one a sense of community pride
increases one's feeling of community belonging
helps make Burlingame Hills a better place in which to live
We have all sorts of volunteer projects and leadership opportunities:
* Learn about consequences of being annexed by Burlingame: financial as well as regulatory
* Develop chart of advantages and disadvantages of annexation
* How can we improve our budget and budget-making process?
* How can we improve our financial policies and procedures?
* Develop a program to network business people in the hills
* We may be due for an overhaul; what improvements can we make?
* How can we better communicate with our members and the community at large?
* Work on annual meeting announcement including notification of bylaws amendments
* Work on fall newsletter that will go to all residents
* How do we best promote our accomplishments to our members and prospective members?
* Start planning for the Festival to help make it the best ever
* Study notes from past years to learn about what we can do better
* Volunteer to set up and/or tear down on the day of the Festival
* Join a Festival planning team:
Greeting and hospitality (AKA "Welcoming")
Operations and logistics
Communications and publicity
Local Business Relations (vendor booths, silent auction items, in-kind donations, and sponsorships)
We also need young people to help with moving tables and canopies on the morning and afternoon of the event
Crime safety and security
* Safety and security
Become a neighborhood representative (see below for details): be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood--2-6 people per neighborhood (or 1-3 couples), depending on the layout of the neighborhood
Organize a neighborhood watch meeting to educate people about crime safety
Get “Neighborhood Watch” signs for each of our seven community entrances
Develop a program to keep residents informed about crimes in our community and how residents can protect themselves
Develop a rapport with CHP and get them to patrol our streets and use radar to track speeding cars
Develop a rapport with Sheriff and get them to monitor cars running stop signs (such as at Hillside and Adeline)
Develop an area representative plan, similar to what San Mateo Highlands has
The possibilities are endless!
* Promote and organize spring neighborhood parties for each neighborhood
* Will a wired home phone connection help homeowners during a disaster?
* Neighborhood directory creation, distribution, and updating
* Work with Cal Fire to get someone trained to teach CPR/AED and basic first aid for no charge to residents
* Plan a “Get Ready” basic emergency preparedness class and invite residents to attend
* Encourage residents to sign up for CPR/AED, basic first aid, “Get Ready” (basic emergency preparedness) and CERT classes
* Develop a training program to teach specific jobs that need to be done (and cross—train between jobs) during a disaster (light search and rescue, children and special needs (such as elderly), communications, safety and security, damage assessment, and first aid)
* Organize and coordinate disaster drills to practice skills
* Develop an ongoing program to educate residents about basic emergency preparedness techniques
* Organize and coordinate the purchase of canisters to hold medical supplies and search and rescue tools for each neighborhood
* Organize and coordinate the development of a communications plan for each neighborhood and for our community as a whole (including neighborhood and community-wide rally points)
* Work with Cal Fire to clear public paths (La Canada Path, Fern Path, and others)
* Develop plan to recognize and show appreciation for our emergency service providers (such as with BBQs for law enforcement, firefighters)
* Develop year-round programming (speakers, field trips, demonstrations, gardening projects, etc) that is related to the time of year
* Invite guest speakers to talk on topics of interest to our residents
* Organize “neighborhood pride” cleanups
* How can we keep track of and increase the number of oaks that are treated each year?
* How can we promote our Group-rate Oak tree treatment program so we can get more residents involved?
* Work with arborists to anticipate future tree diseases
* Work with Burlingame Parks Dept to improve Mills Canyon Park
* Work cooperatively on projects of concern to Burlingame Hills residents
* Maintain good working relationship with principal, teachers, Father’s Club, and PTO
Membership and New Neighbor Welcoming
* How do we increase membership beyond 70% of the unincorporated area? Do we want to call or visit those who have not renewed or joined after many attempts to remind them by email and/or snail mail?
* Do we want to promote membership outside of the unincorporated area?
* What incentives should we offer to promote and encourage new membership and renewals?
* Work on membership reminder emails and snail mailings
* Develop a plan to welcome each new neighbor (eg: a welcome packet?)
* Put together gift baskets for new neighbors
* Announce free one-year membership in community association
Mercy High School
* Work cooperatively on projects of concern to Burlingame Hills residents
Parent networking and Youth activities
* Youth activities
How can we leverage our list of well over 300 children in our community?
Can we work with Hoover School to provide a location (amphitheater?) for these activities?
* Develop a program to network parents and children in the hills
Service provider appreciation
* Develop a plan to recognize and show appreciation for our services providers (Public works, planning, building, councilors, supervisors, and their staffs)
How do we continue to grow this great website?
What concerns about this service can we address?
* Pet parade
Plan to re-start this fun activity
* AT&T telephone
* Burlingame Water
Develop rapport and keep up with testing of our hydrant pressure
Keep our water rate increases as small as possible
* Cable providers
Woo ATT U-verse and Comcast Fiber to Burlingame Hills
Learn about where our government fee goes
How can we make the cables less unsightly?
Work to understand electric grid and pending upgrades
Work to understand gas pipelines and pending upgrades
* Peninsula Clean Energy
Is their program lower costs sustainable?
How does their program work?
* Public works roads division
Work on traffic calming efforts
Learn about what road improvements are planned
Work on improving signage, including “narrow bridge” signs for lower Canyon Road
Look into “sign toppers”; signs that go on top of street signs to indicate that the street is in Burlingame Hills
*Public works storm water management (including Easton Creek and tributaries)
How clean are out creeks?
What can we do to remove and keep debris (including dead tree limbs) from our creeks to help prevent a flood?
Assess water in streets during heavy rains, identify problem areas (including the corner of Valdeflores and Canyon and corner of Newton and Hillside at the fire station)
* Public works sewer division
* Office of Sustainability’s solid waste management (including Recology)
Learn what happens to our compost, recycling, and garbage
Learn how we can help control costs
Keep our Recology rate increases as small as possible
Work with the County on selecting a solid waste contractor in advance of the 2020 end of Recology’s current contract
a Take lots of photos of people and scenery in Burlingame Hills
b Upgrade our website to 2.0 with lots of photos and a way for members to access and update their contact and emergency preparedness information
Do you have other ideas for volunteering in our community? Let us know!
Each of our 14 neighborhoods has an average of 30 homes
2-year overlapping terms
2-4 reps per neighborhood (or 1-2 couples)
Larger neighborhoods will have an additional pair of reps
Responsibilities of a neighborhood representative:
Be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood
Introduce yourself to new neighbors and give them the welcome packet and a one-year membership gift, both provided by our Community Association
- Gather updates for the neighborhood directory
e-mail addresses (for Urgent Announcements and quarterly e-newsletters)
emergency contact information
special needs/medical conditions, etc.
Keep up with occasional urgent announcements and newsletters from our Community Association
Report to the President of the Community Association any neighborhood information needing attention by the Association
Encourage social activities for your neighborhood by asking others to host a get-together; some ideas:
spring party (sponsored biennially by our Community Association; however, annual parties are encouraged!)
summer (pool) party
winter (hygge) party
fall (back-to-school) party
Encourage residents to attend our biennial community party at Kohl Mansion on Sunday, September 16, 2018
Hold periodic neighborhood meetings to discuss issues relating to your neighborhood (Our Community Association is here to assist!)
Receive a list of Community Association officers and directors with their contact information
Receive a list of Community Association "non-renewals" in May and encourage them to renew their memberships
Receive a list of Community Association "non-members" in May and encourage them to join
Identify a willing neighbor to take your place when your term as neighborhood rep is over
Identify willing neighbors to volunteer to learn an emergency preparedness role (with training by local fire fighters and our Community Association
light search and rescue
children and special needs (such as elderly)
safety and security
basic first aid
Report code violations to an officer of the Community Association