The Oakland County Parks (OCP) Natural Resources team is working diligently year-round to promote healthy ecosystems in our communities. This includes surveying, monitoring and – when appropriate – taking strategic action to protect natural spaces and sensitive species across the county. Here are some highlights of the important work OCP Natural Resources staff focused on this spring and summer:Continue reading
As a member of Welcoming America, Oakland County is participating in a movement of inclusive communities around the United States that believe when everyone feels safe and that they belong, then the community is more prosperous.
In April 2019, Commissioner William Miller delivered the very first Welcoming Resolution to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. This was a pivotal moment because it kicked off what was to become Welcoming Oakland, a consortium of agencies and organizations that operate in the immigrant and refugee space within the county. In early 2020, County Executive David Coulter directed the county to become a member of Welcoming America.
Welcoming Oakland’s roadmap for the county includes participation in Resilience and Emergency Management for Inclusive Communities seminars; working to fill food security needs in immigrant communities; translation assistance; and connecting immigrants in need with much-needed services in the county.
The roadmap to a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe Oakland County with access and open doors for everyone is never far from our hearts.
Welcoming Week Celebrations
Welcoming Week is a time to bring together organizations, communities and neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places. Honor the vast array of cultures that make up the fabric of our communities by attending a local Welcoming Week celebration below:Continue reading
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and was expanded in 2009 with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). The ADA prohibits any discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, in schools, on public transportation, and in all public and private places that are open to the public.
Meet Harry Weaver III, he is Oakland County’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. As a person who uses a wheelchair, he brings a unique perspective to the job that benefits both employees and visitors to the county campus.Continue reading
This month is also an opportunity to recognize the many dedicated parks and recreation employees who work hard every day to maintain our county and community parks and to provide excellent recreation programming and services for Oakland County residents and visitors.Continue reading