Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) invites you to be a part of something great: The inaugural Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from whether you’re looking for just yourself or a group. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!
No-shows can cause great difficulties for the planning and production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. We ask that you report on time and remain on task for the duration of your shift(s). All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift. Those dealing with alcohol must be at least 21 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.
Volunteer shifts range of 2-3 hours and an estimated 400+ volunteers will be needed to make #CDM2016 possible.
Install Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights, decorate wooden vendor stalls, etc. **Some lifting may be required**
Construct pre-fabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**
Help vendors unload their merchandise as well as with vendor set up and tear down.
Watch vendor’s booths should they need to take a break.
Empty the waste receptacles into a large roll-off bin as needed.
Provide a European-centric activity for children. All supplies provided.
Answer attendee’s questions, provide information on DMEHA, hand out site maps, entertainment schedules, etc.
Assist the Programming site leaders to ensure that performers have arrived, are prepared to take the stage and have what they need to perform.
Circulate throughout the programming area during performances to deploy a survey to capture attendee demographic information.
Check the IDs of attendees who would like to drink alcoholic beverages.
Work with the Iowa Beer Bus team to serve beer to attendees.
Serve warm, mulled wine from a wooden vendor stall to eager attendees.
Sell hot chocolate, hot cider, water, etc. to attendees.
Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls. **Some lifting may be required**
Tear down pre-fabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**
Greet and check-in volunteers, direct volunteers to assigned areas, and keep Volunteer Headquarters organized.
Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.