Volunteer at the Festival

Freeman And Liz volunteering!
Freeman And Liz volunteering!

UPDATE: Besides sign language interpreters, the volunteer positions are full. If you want to join the waiting list to volunteer, please fill out the form. If you want to help with our work throughout the year, please fill out the Compassionate Action for Animals volunteer form.

We need lots of volunteers to make our festival a success. Together we can make a big difference for animals. If you’d like to help, please read on below then fill out this simple form.

We will have an optional volunteer orientation on Saturday, October 22, from 1 to 2:15pm. This orientation is for new volunteers and for volunteer leaders. We will also have an optional phone orientation on Tuesday, October 25, from 7 to 7:45 pm for new volunteers who cannot attend the Saturday orientation.

We need lots of help this year because we’re expanding the festival to two days. Can you volunteer for two shifts? We will have a special raffle just for volunteers who help out at more than one shift as well as special social media recognition! Please also invite your friends on Facebook to volunteer at the festival.

Other ways to help:

Keep reading below, then fill out this form if you want to help out! Direct questions to unny@exploreveg.org.

Set-up

  • Description: put down tablecloths, set up CAA table, set up cooking demo, set up water stations, help exhibitors carry things if needed
  • Benefits: meet different exhibitors with veg-friendly products!
  • Requirements: helpful direction-followers who are able to lift heavy objects (25 lbs)

Sign Language Interpreter

  • Description: Provide sign language interpretation services for attendees who need this; interpret talks that these attendees would like to attend
  • Benefits: meet other CAA volunteers; help make this event more accessible
  • Requirements: experience with sign language interpretation; friendly; capable of real-time interpretation;

Speaker Monitor

  • Description: help speakers set up, serve as an usher, and answer questions that attendees may have regarding speaker agenda
  • Benefits: meet reputable experts in the field and connect with great people!
  • Requirements: professional, friendly people-person ready to help our distinguished speakers

Maintenance

  • Description: monitor water stations and refill as needed, monitor trash receptacles and empty as needed, monitor compost station and help attendees sort their compost and trash; keep bathrooms stocked with toilet paper, soap, etc.
  • Benefits: learn about composting, teach others about compostable options and improve our environment!
  • Requirements: tough heavy-lifter who can tolerate trash and carry heavy water jugs

Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA) Table

  • Description: staff the CAA table and answer questions from attendees; give away donated food
  • Benefits: help others navigate the event and meet a variety of people, while educating the public about animal issues and vegetarianism/veganism!
  • Requirements: knowledgeable, involved CAA volunteer who is good with people

Veg Fest Table

  • Description: staff the Veg Fest info table and answer questions from attendees; encourage people to fill out an evaluation form so they can enter the raffle and maintain records needed for raffle
  • Benefits: help others navigate the event and meet a variety of people, while educating the public about animal issues and vegetarianism/veganism!
  • Requirements: knowledgeable, involved CAA volunteer who is good with people

Food Giveaway Table

  • Description: Staff the food giveaway table. Prepare donated food and answer questions from attendees
  • Benefits: try some samples (you have to know what you’re giving away) and educate the public about tasty vegan food
  • Requirements: hard worker who can follow food safety rules (gloves, hairnets, etc.) who is outgoing and friendly

Pay-Per-View Table

  • Description: Staff the Pay-Per-View table. Pay people $1 to watch a short video on factory farming
  • Benefits: educate the public about animal issues and veganism
  • Requirements: knowledgeable, involved CAA volunteer who is good with people

Volunteer Check-in Table

  • Description: Check in volunteers as they come and direct them to their station.
  • Benefits: Meet every volunteer that is helping and play a key role in the smooth operation of the event
  • Requirements: volunteer who is good with people.

Photobooth Assistant

  • Description: Encourage attendees to take pictures in our photobooth, maintain area and props
  • Benefits: Have fun interacting with attendees! Help promote the festival on social media
  • Requirements: Friendly volunteer who is good with people

Greeter

  • Description: welcome attendees and hand out bags and programs; count attendees; direct flow of traffic
  • Benefits: help others navigate the event and meet a variety of people, while educating the public about animal issues and vegetarianism/veganism
  • Requirements: friendly people-person who is upbeat, cheerful, and welcoming and has a basic knowledge of the event to answer questions

Floater

  • Description: staff the info table, run errands as needed, and fill staffing gaps
  • Benefits: possibly have a variety of tasks throughout the day to help others navigate the event and meet a variety of people
  • Requirements: flexible laid-back volunteer who can go with the flow and respond to our needs as necessary with knowledge of CAA and the event

Tech Support

  • Description: help with technically difficulties as needed
  • Benefits: Show off tech skills and meet new people!
  • Requirements: tech-savvy computer geek who likes working with various electronic equipment

Kids Area

  • Description: help with kids activities, games, etc.
  • Benefits: bring out your inner child in this stress-free environment!
  • Requirements: kid-friendly caretaker who loves playing games with youngsters

Cooking Demo Helpers

  • Description: Help cooks set up for cooking demonstrations, pass out samples and help clean the demo table between cooks
  • Benefits: meet vegan chefs and sample the food!
  • Requirements: outgoing, friendly person

Photographer

  • Description: take photos of the event; take photos to demonstrate for next year’s festival how we set up the table, the concert area, speakers room, etc.
  • Benefits: show off your photography skills and/or gain experience and expertise
  • Requirements: outgoing photographer who has an eye for framing and an idea of what images would promote next year’s event. needs a professional camera

Clean-up and Evening Transport

  • Description: pack up, help exhibitors carry things if needed. load, haul, and unload suppies to the CAA community space (2100 First Ave S, Minneapolis)
  • Benefits: meet different exhibitors with veg-friendly products
  • Requirements: helpful direction-followers who are able to lift heavy objects (25 lbs)
    • Some volunteers will be assigned to help clean up the cooking demos (theater & kitchen)
    • Some volunteers need to drive and/or ride to the community space to unload