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Festival Volunteers

Be Part of Our 16th Annual Festival!

September 28th, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm

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It feels great to volunteer!

The Festival is our big event of the year! Part community builder, part educational, part fundraiser, part party!! There are many ways you can help out and be part of this exciting event. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and other Sustainable Ballard members!  Shifts are typically two and a half hours.  Read descriptions below and then click the link to sign up!

VOLUNTEERS GET GREAT BENEFITS:
• festival t-shirt
• snacks and gift bag
• volunteer hospitality – a quiet place to relax and socialize
• exclusive invitation to volunteer appreciation party

Interested?  Email volunteer@sustainableballard.org

Here are this year’s volunteer opportunities:

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BEFORE THE FESTIVAL

WORK PARTIES  (various dates in August/September)

Create batik flags and pennants, paint messages on our GREEN STEPS, silk-screen t-shirts, fabricate footprint stamps, and more!  Learn more about work parties.

HELP WITH SET UP (Friday, September 27)

There’s tons to do to put it all together!  Put that stage together, sort gear for fast distribution on fest day, lay down electrical cords throughout the park, set up tents, hang decorations, and more! We’ll be there from 3pm to 6pm.

HELP WITH SET UP (Saturday morning, September 28)

It’s all hands on deck the morning of the festival.  Everything that can’t be left out overnight has to be set up – and quickly!  Tea Garden, Merchandise, PAs, Activity Booths, tables & chairs, Exhibitor Support, and more. 8:30am-11am

HERE’S THE LINK TO SIGN UP!

AT THE FESTIVAL (Saturday, Sept 28)

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Festival Greeters help folks find their way to awesome speakers and activities.

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GREETER!: Welcome festival-goers with a festival guide, answer questions, count attendees, enforce traffic barricades.
Info Booth and Merchandise:
Help sell our popular festival t-shirts!  Staff merchandise table, take money, make change, (remember volunteers get their t-shirt for free!), check in performers, answer visitors’ questions, hand out materials, sell raffle tickets.

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It’s fun to help visitors make recycled crafts.

Booths
Volunteer Hospitality Tent:  The Hospitality Tent is where we nurture our fabulous volunteers during the festival!  Set up and keep treats and refreshments neat and available, and hand out treat bags with goodies.
Education Booth:  Help people learn more about whatever booth you are staffing, e.g., Solar Flair, Tool Library, Cider Press, Eat Local, Information, Sustainable Kits, Bird-House Making – more specific sign up to come later.

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Green Team: Educate festival goers about what goes where (recycling, compost or trash) to make sure festival discards are sorted properly.  You’ll be stationed with a partner in one of 3-4 disposal stations in the park.

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Donations: Walk around the festival and sell Sustainable Ballard memberships (free gifts!) and sell raffle tickets to support the festival!  If you enjoy talking to people this is the one for you!
Photo / Video Team: Shoot photos and videos to capture the fun, color and spirit of the day.  Upload to social media during the event. Send us the best shots afterwards.
Exhibitor Support: Check on exhibitors and help with any questions / needs they may have (you don’t need to know the answers to all of them!)
Gopher:  Be on-call during this slot. You may run errands or fill in as needed around the festival

HERE’S THE LINK TO SIGN UP!

AFTER THE FESTIVAL

HELP WITH BREAK DOWN (Saturday)

Break Down & Street Sign Removal: Help take down, clean and pack up tents, tables, equipment, decorations,etc. Put things away neatly for next year.  Collect street signs and stack for later pick up

HELP WITH CLEAN UP (Sunday, 8am)

Green Team Sorting Party: Pull on some gloves and help sort out compost, recycling and landfill that may have missed the mark on fest day.  Short shift, plus be rewarded with Pizza and Beer! (Gloves, pizza and beer provided.)
Storage Team: Help sort all festival supplies so they can be easily packed back into our storage unit. Short shift. You’ll probably get pizza and beer too!

HERE’S THE LINK TO SIGN UP!

Volunteers at work:

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Kids learn about cider-pressing from a high school volunteer
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Sock Puppet assembly and quality assurance testing
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Brian, Ian and Emily prepare batik banners at a wet afternoon work party.
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Volunteers prep shirts for silk-screening
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Briana oversees an excellent toss at the Eat Local booth
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Volunteers support attendees with making Sew Fun Bags
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Chris & Briana show off some Green Home strategies
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Catherine shows our wide selection of festival t-shirts
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Sarah takes a break in the t-shirt tent
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Everyone helps out, even our furry friends!
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Beth and baby Kalen work as a team