Volunteer for MayDay

HOBT puppet wranglersOn the first Sunday of May, tens of thousands of folks will celebrate a day of community and festivity together. All this takes place because - and only because - hundreds of volunteers pitch in to make it happen.

Registration will open soon!

We offer group volunteer opportunities for churches, civic organizations, and businesses! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hobt.org for details on how your organization can partner with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre and help make MayDay happen.

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hobt.org.

 

Mayday Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Tabloid Distributor – Friday, April 27 2018 – 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Deliver MayDay tabloids to various locations around town. Come to our Theatre to pick up MayDay tabloids and a route list of places we need them delivered to. Then drive your route, dropping off programs at each location.

Shift length: Approximately 3 hours 

Ideal for people who: Have reliable transportation

Meet at: Pick up tabloids at The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Load-In Crew – Saturday, May 5 2018 - 12 Folks Needed

Purpose: Load storage areas and trucks, so that everything is “ready to roll” on MayDay. Tables, tents, T-shirts — we load them all. Must enjoy laughing, camaraderie, and free snacks.

Shift length: Approximately 2.5-hours on Saturday May 5, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Ideal for: Physically active folks who enjoy teamwork.

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

T-shirt Folder – Saturday, May 5 2018 - 10 Folks Needed

Purpose: Fold and organize our lovely MayDay t-shirts, hoodies and merch. 

Shift length: Approximately 2-hours on Saturday May 5, 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Ideal for: Those who enjoy folding and organizing clothes. 

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Park Set Up Team – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 9 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help make the Park Festival happen! Unload trucks, set up canopies, and distribute equipment throughout Powerhorn Park. Great for morning types who enjoy laughing, camaraderie, and free snacks. 

Shift length: Approximately 3-hours on Sunday May 6th, 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Ideal for: Folks who enjoy a little heavy lifting and don’t want to miss the parade!  

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Ceremony Set Up Team – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 6 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help set up the Ceremony site. Move puppets, unload trucks, and distribute equipment. Great for  early morning physically active morning types. 

Shift length: 2 hours on Sunday May 6th, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Ideal for: Folks who enjoy a little heavy lifting and don’t want to miss the parade!  

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Sound Set Up Team – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help the sound company set up before the ceremony. 

Shift length: 3-hour shift on Sunday May 6th, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Ideal for: Folks who enjoy working behind-the-scenes. Technical knowledge is a plus!

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Zero Waste Team (8-10:30am) – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 8 Folks Needed

Purpose: Join us in working towards a greener festival! Help setup wastes station for composting and recycling.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM 

Ideal for: Groups and individuals interested in sustainability and the environment. 

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Avalon Clean Up Team – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 6 Folks Needed

Purpose: Drop into the Avalon for a 2 hour cleaning spree after all the puppets and floats have vacated the space. Don’t worry you won’t miss the parade!  

Shift length: 2-hours on Sunday May 6th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. 

Ideal for: Physically active folks who like to organize. 

Meet at: The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Puppet Mover – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help walk puppets and floats to parade line up. 

Shift length: Approximately 2-hours on Sunday May 6th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Don’t worry you won’t miss the parade.

Ideal for: Physically active folks who enjoy the attention that walking down the street with crazy looking puppets draws. 

Meet at: The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Labyrinth Set Up – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help set up the labyrinth and altars in the park

Shift length: 2-hour shift on Sunday May 6th, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM 

Ideal for: Folks who appreciate the altar and ritual aspect of the event

Meet: under the cottonwood tree on the SE end of Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S

MayDay Booth Assistant – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 6 Folks Needed

Purpose: Sell MayDay merchandise to eager visitors.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ideal for: Individuals who have experience in retail, like selling stuff and can pass a background check    

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Parade Line Up Assistant – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Assist Volunteer Coordinator at Parade line-up to help check people in and get the Parade in order (so to speak).

Shift length: Approximately 3-hours on Sunday May 6th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ideal for: People who love to be a part of a happy chaotic scene as much as they love puppets.  

Meet at: Volunteer tent in Cedar Field, 18th Ave. at East 25th St. 

Sun Flotilla Docent – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Keep company with the sun canoes before they cross the Lake. Help people enjoy looking without touching.

Shift length: 2.5-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Ideal for: Folks who like answering questions and duck watching.   

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Zero Waste Team (10am-1pm) – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 12 Folks Needed

Purpose: Join us in working towards a greener festival! Host a station for composting and recycling, helping folks decide how to sort their trash while affirming the impact of their actions.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (12 folks)

Ideal for: Groups and individuals interested in sustainability and the environment. 

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Parade Banner Carrier – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 12 Folks Needed

Purpose: Enjoy being in the Parade as you carry the banners that mark the beginning and the end the HOBT portion of the MayDay Parade 

Shift length: Approximately 3 hours on Sunday May 6th, 11:45 AM – Parade end

Ideal for: Folks who want to be in the MayDay Parade but who didn’t make a costume  

Meet at: Volunteer tent in Cedar Field, 18th Ave. at East 25th St.

Parade Park Entrance Marshal – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: View the Parade from the front row while helping to manage the crowd as the parade turns from Bloomington on to 34th Street. In all the excitement spectators tend to spill over into the street. It will be your job to keep folks safely out of the way as the parade processes by. 

Shift length: Parade Park Entrance Marshals must attend a 1.5 hour training on Wed, May 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. Approximately 3-hours on Sunday May 6th, 11:45 AM – Parade end. 

Ideal for: Safety monitor types who feel comfortable being assertive but kind as they engage with our excited spectators.

Sun Flotilla Docent – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed  

Purpose: Keep company with the sun canoes before they cross the Lake. Help people enjoy looking without touching.

Shift length: 2.5-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Ideal for: Folks who like answering questions and duck watching.   

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Zero Waste Team (12:30-3:30pm) – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 22 Folks Needed  

Purpose: Join us in working towards a greener festival! Host a station for composting and recycling, helping folks decide how to sort their trash while affirming the impact of their actions.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM (22 folks)

Ideal for: Groups and individuals interested in sustainability and the environment. 

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Lost Child Caregiver – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Provide care for children who have become separated from their families, until they can be reunited. Such an important role, with such joyous endings!

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ideal for: Childcare providers who are skilled at comforting upset kids. Please note: this HOBT is required to run a background check on all Lost Child Caregivers

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

MayDay Booth Assistant – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 9 Folks Needed

Purpose: Sell MayDay merchandise to eager visitors. 

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ideal for: Individuals who have experience in retail, like selling stuff and can pass a background check    

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Wayfinding Sign Holder – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 6 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help guests navigate around the park as the ceremony is occurring.

Shift length: Approximately 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 2:00 PM – End of the Ceremony 

Ideal for: Fearless individuals who feel comfortable being assertive but kind. Wayfinders will need to stand for up to 3 hours and should enjoy being in the thick of things!  

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Park Stage Teardown Crew – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help the sound company teardown after the ceremony. 

Shift length: 3-hour shift on Sunday May 6th, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Ideal for: Folks who enjoy working behind-the-scenes. Technical knowledge is a plus!

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Zero Waste Team (3:00-6:00pm) – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Join us in working towards a greener festival! Host a station for composting and recycling, helping folks decide how to sort their trash while affirming the impact of their actions.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (22 folks)

Ideal for: Groups and individuals interested in sustainability and the environment. 

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Lost Child Caregiver – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Provide care for children who have become separated from their families, until they can be reunited. Such an important role, with such joyous endings!

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Ideal for: Childcare providers who are skilled at comforting upset kids. Please note: this HOBT is required to run a background check on all Lost Child Caregivers

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

MayDay Booth Assistant – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 9 Folks Needed

Purpose: Sell MayDay merchandise to eager visitors. Volunteers on this shift also take down canopies and carry equipment to a designated pick-up location.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Ideal for: Individuals who have experience in retail, like selling stuff and can pass a background check    

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Park Clean Up – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 6 Folks Needed

Purpose: Kick off the clean up process! We will head out with bags and gloves to restore our lovely park and get trash bins to order.

Shift length: 4-hour shift on Sunday May 6th, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (earlier if it rains)

Ideal for: Physically active folks who appreciate doing good deeds.

Meet at: Main HOBT Merch Booth in Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave South

Zero Waste Team (5:00pm-7:30pm) – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 22 Folks Needed

Purpose: Join us in working towards a greener festival! Host a station for composting and recycling, helping folks decide how to sort their trash while affirming the impact of their actions.

Shift length: 3-hour shifts on Sunday May 6th, 5 – 7:30 PM (22 folks)

Ideal for: Groups and individuals interested in sustainability and the environment. 

Meet at: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave South

Labyrinth Strike – Sunday, May 6 2018 - 2 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help take down the labyrinth

Shift length: 2-hour shift on Sunday May 6th, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM (earlier if it rains)

Ideal for: Folks who like cleaning and appreciate the alter and ritual aspect of the event

Meet: under the cottonwood tree on the SE end of Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S

Avalon Strike – Tuesday, May 8 2018 - 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help put MayDay to bed. Dismantle our Parade art and Workshop set-up, returning puppets to storage and our space back into a theatre. Enjoy on last blast of MayDay camaraderie.

Shift length: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ideal for: Physically active people who enjoy team-work

Meet at: The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Many other fun volunteer opportunities available!

Avalon Strike – Wednesday, May 9 2018 - 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help put MayDay to bed. Dismantle our Parade art and Workshop set-up, returning puppets to storage and our space back into a theatre. Enjoy on last blast of MayDay camaraderie.

Shift length: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ideal for: Physically active people who enjoy team-work

Meet at: The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Avalon Strike – Wednesday, May 9 2018 - 4 Folks Needed

Purpose: Help put MayDay to bed. Dismantle our Parade art and Workshop set-up, returning puppets to storage and our space back into a theatre. Enjoy on last blast of MayDay camaraderie.

Shift length: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ideal for: Physically active people who enjoy team-work

Meet at: The Avalon, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis