Wayland Main Street Volunteer of the Year

Published: Friday, July 08, 2011, 3:35 PM

On June 26th, Wayland Main Street volunteers gathered at the City Park for a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Since the Main Street committees started meeting in October, volunteers have put in over 1,200 hours of hard work and planning. Their commitment to our downtown has laid the groundwork for a successful program.

As our first year came to an end, the Organization committee wanted to recognize our volunteers for all they have done and continue to do for our community. Tasked with volunteer relations, the committee asked for nominations for our first Main Street Volunteer of the Year. When selection time came, one name really stood out above the rest.

Committee member Matthew Miner has selflessly given 200 hours of his time to the Main Street program. One of the first projects Matt led was the development of our mascot, Main Street Man. The creation of Main Street Man helped raise community awareness of our program by inviting all Wayland area students to compete for the winning design. We received over 100 entries! While the costume was being constructed, the committee continued to increase interest by initiating the “Have you seen him?” promotional campaign. The big unveiling happened at this year’s Main Street Celebration. The Organization committee plans to have Main Street Man at future events to gain more community support and aide in volunteer recruitment efforts.

The committee is also responsible for raising funds for the program. When initially discussing ideas for an annual fundraiser, Matt suggested a Bean Bag Tournament. He took up the lead on this project as well and was able to register 33 teams and raise over $2,000 in the first year!

Neither of these projects has been done in any other Michigan Main Street community and the Michigan Main Street Center staff was very impressed with the creativity and innovation they saw.

Matt has also helped put together our first Main Street newsletter, “Superhero” brochure, and secure sponsorships for other Main Street events.

“Matt is not only a friend to us all but a great asset to the program,” said MS/DDA Board Chairman Mike Salisbury, “Above participating on Organization, he helps with other committees’ projects and recently joined the Planning Commission. Matt has done a lot for this community, and I know he will continue to do so.”

If you would like to volunteer please contact the Main Street office at 888-417-6653 or info@downtownwayland.com