Volunteer for MayDay
On 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.
We offer group volunteer opportunities for churches, civic organizations, and businesses! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] for details on how your organization can partner with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre and help make MayDay happen.
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Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].
Truck Drivers - 9am - 12pm and 6pm-10pm
These volunteers should have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a 15ft truck. In the morning, they will be responsible for driving puppets from the theatre to the parade line up and then park the trucks at the Park. In the evening they will drive the puppets from the park to the theatre, unload and return to the rental place. Drivers will need to meet with HOBT building coordinator for a brief meeting and for truck pick up - Fri afternoon or Sat. morning - TBD
Puppet Movers - 9:00am - 11:00am
These volunteers will help load puppets onto trucks that will be driven to the parade line up to unload.
Parade Line Up Assistants - 9:30am - 12:30pm
These volunteers will help organize and maintain the line-up before the parade.
Battletrain Marshals - 12pm-3pm
These volunteers will attend a training prior to the day of the parade. They will line the streets and walk around the Battletrain floats throughout the whole parade. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of everyone along the parade route during the Battletrain performances. These marshals are separate from the regular Parade Marshals.
Parade Sign Carriers - 11:45am - 2:45pm
These volunteers will walk with the parade and carry signs in front of each section of the parade - denoting the section.
Cleanup Team after the Parade - 12pm - 3pm
These volunteers will follow the parade at the very end and pick up trash along the route.
First Aid Provider - 9:00am - 12:00pm
This volunteer will station at the parade line up and provide first aid as needed to the parade participants.
The Ceremony needs the help of many volunteers! These volunteers will attend required rehearsals on April 28 at 1pm-4pm and May 4 at 10am-2:30pm. There may be other sectional rehearsals Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout late April, please let us know if you can be in attendance those days.
Ceremony Setup Team
These volunteers will help set up the ceremony in the morning.
These volunteers will welcome the Ceremony audience and provide assistance to those patrons
who might need to access the accessible seating area. They will encourage neighbors to share their blanket space. There will be two ushers at each accessibility seating space to ensure that they remain accessible. Training will be provided by the Accessibility Coordinator.
Truck Drivers (Saturday, May 4 : 9am - 12pm and Sunday, May 5 : 6am - 9am; 6pm-10pm)
These volunteers should have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a 15ft truck.They will help load trucks with Festival equipment/items on Saturday morning. On Sunday morning, these volunteers will drive the trucks around the park, dropping off the equipment at different stations. One of the truck drivers will be paired with the Festival Site Coordinator, assisting with loading at the storage on Saturday and unloading equipment around the park on Sunday. Truck drivers will drive the trucks around the park in the evening, assisting with Festival strike. They will drive the trucks back to the theatre and then return them to the rental place. Drivers will need to meet with HOBT building coordinator for a brief meeting and for truck pick up - Fri afternoon or Sat. morning - TBD
Truck Loading/Unloading Team
These volunteers will help the truck drivers with the loading and unloading of the materials during park set up and strike. (see above description)
Merch Booth Setup Team
These volunteers will help setup 3 merch booths at the park.
Merch Booth Assistants
These volunteers will help sell merch throughout the day.
Avalon Clean Up Crew
These volunteers will stay back at the theatre after the trucks of puppets have left for the parade
line up and help clean up.
Sensory Areas Setup Team
These volunteers will help set up 4 sensory areas around the park.
Resource Fair Setup Team
These volunteers will help organizations who are tabling to find their station number. They will assist with unloading, if needed and make sure that cars are moved from the drop off area to
allow others to unload.
These volunteers will help fold the merch t-shirts on Saturday morning.
Sun Flotilla Docent
These volunteers will sit by the Sun Flotilla when it is not in use, encouraging the public to look but not touch the boats.
Lost Child Caregivers
These volunteers must go through a background check and training before MayDay. They will assist the Festival Director by staying with the children while we assist in locating their parents/guardians.
These volunteers will be stationed at either the Resource Fair or the Park Building and are responsible for administering first aid as needed to festival attendees. They must be First Aid Certified.
Park Building Bouncers
The Park Building will be closed to the general public on MayDay. These volunteers are responsible for making sure no one enters unless they are staff or need to use the facility for accessibility.
Sensory Tent Volunteers
Four sensory tents will be set up around the park on MayDay. These volunteers will be responsible for staying at/in the tent, welcoming patrons that would like to use the tent and
ensuring that this area is used for quiet/calming activities.
Golf Cart Drivers
These volunteers will drive a golf cart designated for accessibility purposes making trips around the park and to the Resource Fair, assisting patrons who might need assistance with physical
Park Cleanup Team
The park cleanup team volunteers will clean up the park after the festival.
ZERO WASTE GREEN TEAM
Help boost MayDay's composting and recycling efforts by assisting folks with sorting their items
at a waste station while affirming the impact of their actions. We diverted over 80% of waste in
2018 and we need your help to do it again! Training is provided, no experience necessary.