Monday, 15 April 2013

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the community in which you work and live.

While our market manager and vendors play key roles in the success of our market, much of its vibrancy, creativity and life stems from the efforts of its volunteers. They are its heart and soul. From student volunteers, buskers, children's entertainers and parking monitors through to the wonderful people on the Steering Committee itself, the Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market is brought to life by the dedication, community activism and incredible spirit of its volunteers.

We are looking for many volunteers, young and old, to help us create a vibrant atmosphere at our 2013 market. Whether you are a Lillian Osborne or Mother Margaret Mary student looking for volunteer hours to reach your leadership credit target, or a senior citizen looking for ways to give back to the community that you have grown to love, there is an opportunity here for you. You can volunteer once or countless times... the choice is up to you. On Wednesdays, from May 15th through to our last market of the year on October 2nd, we need:

  • Buskers
  • Children's Entertainers 
  • traffic directors (adult)
  • Foot Traffic Counters (to help us monitor our traffic flow statistics)
  • People to volunteer at our table inside the Terwillegar Rec Centre during the day on market day, handing out flyers and shopping bags on market day, directing people to the market and answering questions that might come up (this position would be air conditioned on those hot days & dry on those wet ones!)
  • Sign Ambassadors... people to drive around and put up signs the night before the market starts each week (May 14-Oct 3), and collect them on market day once the market is over (each would be responsible for a few signs and one intersection location each week)
  • People to help with tent set ups before the market begins (2:30-4:30pm market day)
  • People to help set up picnic tables, garbage cans, large pieces of children's equipment, traffic pylons, tables and chairs
  • People who love working with children who would like to man the children's corner
  • Runners to act as go-betweens for the vendors, market manager and volunteers during market time (4:30-7:30pm)
  • People to man the Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market tent (greeting people, answering questions, conducting information surveys to help us improve our market)
  • Greeters at the entrance to our market
  • People to help with tearing down the market and re-storing all of the tables, chairs, tents and equipment back in the storage trailer (7:30-8:30pm)
Don't be overwhelmed by this list! Our needs are very flexible:  you can volunteer for one or two market evenings or for the entire market season.  You can come out for an hour at start of the market to help set up, or at the end to help with its tear-down.  There is flexibility in the volunteering.  Hopefully you will enjoy it so much that you want to continue!

If you, or someone you know, would like to help us create a great market season this year, please contact our market manager, Melisa Zapisocky

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