Where can you help?
Lakeside has more than 30 gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy. The volunteers who braved the rain and got dirty knees this spring helped revive and beautify the gardens after the winter. You can help keep the gardens beautiful this summer by volunteering to do basic tasks such as weekly weeding and deadheading. You can also take on the responsibility of caring for a specific garden bed or area. It could be a neighborhood effort or a great family project.
Potential grounds and gardens where you can help: Bettinger Park, Perry Park, Cherry Park, Chautauqua Park, Gundlach Garden, Schoolhouse area, parking area, Shuffleboard garden, Second Street garden, Steele Memorial Bandstand area, Kenton Row, Firefighter Park garden, pool area, miniature golf, and many more.
Lakeside’s Dock serves as an iconic and beloved structure in our community. As you know, the Dock is used by residents and guests of all ages as it is a wonderful place to fish, swim, walk, chat and watch the sunset and sunrise. After Lakeside’s frequent storms, the Dock and waterfront area have to be cleaned. As a Lakefront Team volunteer, every few days you and fellow volunteers would sweep, rake and pick up debris to get things back in order.
Grounds & Maintenance
If you enjoy doing handiwork, join the Lakeside Chautauqua Volunteer Corps. Lakeside has expansive grounds and parks that need regular lawn care. As maintenance will be stretched thin this summer due to COVID-19, your commitment to help the Grounds & Maintenance team would be greatly appreciated. Lakeside also owns many historic buildings and structures that need ongoing maintenance and care.
In a continued effort to promote health and wellness, Lakeside hosts a bi-weekly Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday until Labor Day weekend. This season, the Farmers’ Market will take place in the greenspace by the Lakeside Schoolhouse. As a volunteer at the Farmers’ Market, you would complete tasks such as assisting with set up and tear down and enforcing social distancing among customers.
Steele Memorial Bandstand
The Steele Memorial Bandstand has been a community gathering place for decades and continues to be a special space for open-air concerts, author visits, vespers, planned marriage proposals and a variety of family celebrations. This season, the Steele Memorial Bandstand will be a vital outdoor space for events, worship services and other programs. As a volunteer at this location, you would be an usher, assist with crowd control, help to sanitize and complete any other necessary duties.
Special Events & Programs
While this will not be a traditional season, Lakeside will host every event and program we can under the COVID-19 associated regulations and mandates. As a volunteer for special events and programs, you would help at events such as Family Picnics and Middle Grade Madness (MGM).
Built in 1875, Hotel Lakeside is a notable National Historic Landmark located along the shores of Lake Erie. The hotel is reminiscent of the Victorian era, featuring a beautiful wrap-around porch showcasing the best views of the islands and 79 unique rooms with antique furnishings. As a volunteer at Hotel Lakeside, you would assist with tasks such as sanitizing, dusting and cleaning the front porch.