Howdy Robin, we don't have any volunteer efforts in Oakdale or Maplewood yet, but check out: http://e-democracy.org/eastside
... there is also a huge Facebook Group of note out there: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Eaststpaul/
We've found that the more local, the more attractive these kind of online groups can be, but you have to do lots of outreach to get critical mass. Good luck! If for some reasons you are open to open source, non-profit technology and wanted to do something for your specific area, let us know.