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Make your mark. Our volunteers are the heart of Downtown Lansing. They make all of our accomplishments possible — and they have fun doing it, too.

Is a passion for community building in your DNA? Share your unique talents, skills, and knowledge by volunteering with Downtown Lansing Inc. Your contributions will help us bring vibrancy and a sense of community to our events and initiatives, infusing a sense of purpose throughout downtown. Volunteers like you are vital to make our ongoing projects and programming a reality in the Capital City. Whether you’re getting involved through a one-time event, special project, or as part of a committee, there are many flexible options to get involved depending on the amount of time and resources you’re able to share. Embrace the opportunity to join us and make your mark on downtown’s story. Let’s make an impact together.

To get more involved, check out our committees and reach out to Shakayla Zoss at [email protected] or sign up today!

Committee Opportunities

Organization Committee

At the center of it all, our Organization Committee oversees the planning, development, and project management of Downtown Lansing Inc.’s projects. You’ll share your expertise to drive Downtown Lansing forward — and you’ll likely gain a few new skills, too.

On this committee, you’ll help with:

  • Volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Our annual awards celebration (honoring our volunteers and businesses)
  • Fundraising and fund development
  • Monthly public and downtown merchant communications and e-newsletters
  • Storytelling
  • Social media
  • Community outreach

The Organization Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m via Zoom.

Promotions Committee

Calling all event planners and event lovers: The Promotions Committee is seeking individuals who have a passion for helping shape the experiences that build community downtown.

On this committee, you’ll help with:

  • Video promotions of the places and faces downtown
  • Events like:
    • Lansing Winterfest
    • Wine About Winter
    • Fall Fest
    • Neighborhood Market Series
    • Trick or Treat on the Square & Downtown Spooky Season
  • Planning new downtown awareness events
  • Downtown marketing campaigns
  • Branding and social media

The Promotions Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Downtown Lansing Inc. office (112 S. Washington Square).

Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee is critical for supporting and communicating with our downtown business owners, as well as working with property owners on new and exciting developments downtown.

On this committee, you'll help with:

  • Business recruitment and retention efforts
  • Monthly downtown business huddles
  • Business Grant programs
  • Property listings and tours
  • Pop-up spaces and working with property owners
  • New business support team
  • Downtown Gift certificates

The Business Development Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Lansing, Inc. office (112 S. Washington Square). 

Design & Public Spaces Committee

Got an eye for design or city planning? We could use your vision! Members of our Design & Public Spaces Committee support every corner of Downtown Lansing’s visual impact through design, activation, and beautification of public spaces.

On this committee, you’ll help with:

  • Design initiatives, like our streetscape redesign project
  • Activation projects, like our Reutter Park project, Artery Alley project, and walking tours
  • Beautification initiatives, like Adopt-A-Spot, planting days, and art installations
  • Grant approvals for our Sidewalk Cafe Furniture Grant Program and Sign Grant Program

The Design & Public Spaces Committee meets on the last Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Downtown Lansing Inc. office (112 S. Washington Square).

Interested in a committee or want to learn more?