It takes a collaborative effort to keep a community safe and vibrant. The ECA is devoted to recruiting volunteers and coordinating activities to maintain the vitality in Eastown. Each year we organize dozens of activities and are responsible for thousands of volunteer hours toward neighborhood clean-ups, beatification projects, family-friendly activities, and numerous other projects intending to improve the quality of life for Eastown residents, business owners, and visitors. Want to volunteer? Contact us today.
The following committees are open to any interested Eastown residents.
ECA Green Space Committee
This committee is dedicated to taking care of Eastown’s green spaces. They have done several successful clean-ups, tree inventories, beautification projects, CPTED improvements and more! Meetings take place the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm at the ECA.
ECA Development Committee
This is a new committee which will support the ECA’s Board of Directors and Executive Director in developing organizational policies and fund development practices to support the five year vision of the organization. Meetings: As needed, estimated at 8 times per year.
ECA Neighborhood Events Committee
This is a new committee which will assist the ECA with planning neighborhood events each month including the Picnic in the Parks, park clean-ups, Eastown movie night, family friendly events, and many new events. Committee members will have many opportunities to plan a variety of events that are focused on Eastown residents, including fundraisers for the ECA.
ECA Housing Committee
The Housing Committee works with the City of Grand Rapids, ECA staff and at times the GR Police on matters of vacant properties, housing code violations, nuisance complaints, and more. Meetings take place the second Monday of the month at 5:45pm at the ECA.
ECA Block Captains & Public Safety Committee
As active Eastown residents, Block Captains collaborate with the ECA to plan block parties and get the word out about upcoming events and crime issues in our community. Block captains make up the Public Safety Committee and identify any public safety issues in the community and create the policy to address these issues and improve the overall neighborhood of Eastown. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a block captain.
ECA Access Committee
This committee publishes the Eastown Access. The Access is a bi-monthly Eastown newsletter that goes out to approximately 2,500 households. Eastown writers, photographers, and editors are all welcome to join the staff.
ECA Board of Directors
The board of directors oversees all the committees and provides vision and direction for the organization. Board meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm at the ECA. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate.
Special Events Committee
This is a joint committee between the ECA and EBA in charge of planning Eastown’s most popular events, Bizarre Bazaar and the Eastown Streetfair. Learn how to plan an event, as well as obtain special events permits from the City, solicit bands to perform, attract volunteers and more. For additional information contact the committee chair Pamela Goderski. Meetings take place the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the ECA.