Main Street Waterbury
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Volunteer Opportunities to Enhance Downtown with Main Street
Jeffrey Rouleau Organization Committee Chairman Main Street Waterbury

Since 2004, volunteers for Main Street Waterbury have contributed well over 26,000 hours of effort toward the goal of revitalizing Waterbury's downtown district without sacrificing its character or heritage. Each and every volunteer has a vested interested in creating a vibrant downtown that attracts new business, patrons, and residence. This is done through improving the physical appearance of downtown Waterbury, promoting its architectural and cultural assets, organizing volunteer initiatives, sponsoring events, and fostering public/private partnerships.

These efforts are aligned with the mission of Main Street Waterbury which is to “Advocate, educate and collaborate for downtown revitalization to enhance downtown through the Main Street four point program focus of economic vitality, promotion, organization and design.“

While there are certain components and strategies of the Main Street model that we follow, the organization is primarily a grassroots effort which allows volunteers to develop and implement their own ideas. This has led to many Main Street projects such as the creation of a database for available commercial space, the downtown dining guide, an inventory of available parking and the development of the associated web site, just to name a few. Volunteering for Main Street Waterbury doesn’t mean you have to join a committee or make any long term commitment. While that’s appreciated, we encourage any activity that contributes to our goals for downtown and new ideas are always welcome. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a project or program that will benefit downtown Waterbury and thought, “Why doesn’t someone do that”? Main Street offers a mechanism for volunteers to present new ideas.

Main Street Waterbury consists of four committees that allow volunteers to pursue an opportunity that they are most interested in working with.

These four committees are Design, Economic Vitality, Organization and Promotion. They all meet monthly at different times and locations downtown.

•The Design Committee works to improve the appearance of Downtown so that it is perceived as clean, safe and friendly while preserving its historic appeal. The Design Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm at the Waterbury Regional Chamber offices located at 83 Bank Street.

•The Promotion Committee is to market Downtown's unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists, and others while promoting retail events, special events and ongoing programs. The Promotion Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm at the Waterbury Regional Chamber located at 83 Bank Street.

•The Economic Vitality Committee works to strengthen the economic base in downtown by helping existing businesses to expand, recruiting new businesses for a balanced mix, and converting unused space into productive property. The Economic Restructuring Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30pm at the Waterbury Regional Chamber located at 83 Bank Street.

•The Organization Committee is to communicate the vision, philosophy and activities of the Main Street organization to the community through membership and partnership development and a communications program. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Palace Bar & Grill located at 234 East Main Street.

Peter Drucker once said, “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.” The time spent volunteering for Main Street Waterbury may not result in direct financial support however according to the IndependentSector.org the value of one hour of volunteering at $30.24. This has translated into over $785,000 in contribution to downtown by Main Street Waterbury volunteers. If you would like more information about any of Main Street Waterbury’s four committees or to find out how you can get involved, please email Carl Rosa, Chief Executive Officer, at crosa@mainstreetwaterbury.com or call him at 203-575-0701. If one of the four committees seems like a good fit with your skills and talents, we can put you in contact with the Chairperson of that committee. We look forward to volunteering with you.