Share Fair Volunteer Info

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Share Fair Volunteer Interest Form

Next Share Fair Details

When: September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church
Event Details

Schedule:

Check-in at the information table when you arrive. Please arrive a little early if you can and we’ll do a quick orientation. 

Setup: 1 – 2pm
Share Fair: 2 – 5pm
Cleanup: 5 – 7pm

Please stay to the end of cleanup if you can. There’s stuff to do until the very end.

Purpose of the Share Fair

  • Create a safe, comfortable, & welcoming space
  • Provide a wide variety of skill-shares, material resources, helpful services, and delicious food for free.
  • Create a community space to build connections

Volunteer Roles

Cleanup: Help us ensure the park is left better than we found it. There is no role more helpful than cleanup!
Info Table: Answer questions. Give people pamphlets and surveys. Direct them where to go.
Empathy table: A place for people to be heard in a nonjudgmental way and experience relief from their troubles. This role requires people with a lot of patience and experience with nonviolent communication and/or active listening.
Helper/Floater: Work with the volunteer coordinators to help fill any roles that have gaps.

Self care

We want this to be a fun event for everyone. Please do what you need to be comfortable and happy!

  • Take breaks! Find a quiet spot to recharge yourself whenever you need to.
  • The food, coffee, and other services are there for you too! Feel free to grab something to eat, get a massage, enjoy the music, etc.
  • Ask other volunteers if you need any help or don’t know something

Services we provide

  • Bike Repair
  • Food & Drinks
  • Gear / Clothes / Other items
  • Medical Care
  • Empathetic Connection
  • Other Skills and Services that You want to share!

How to deal with tough interactions

The vast majority of interactions are great and people are very appreciative & thankful. However the people attending the event have very stressful lives just trying to survive and taking care of their basic needs and sometimes there might be people who are stressed/upset and we want to make sure we create a safe place and everyone is respected.

Below are some tips to have better conversations when dealing with a tough interaction. Please only do what is comfortable for you and seek support when you need it.

  • Use a buddy system
  • Get support from other volunteers if you don’t feel comfortable
  • Breathe
  • Stay Calm: It will be easier for the other person to calm down if you remain calm
  • Don’t argue with people.
  • Don’t take things personally. You don’t need to correct the record or set them straight.
  • Assume the best of people
  • Recognize that people might be having a rough day and are often harassed. We want to create a safe welcoming place for them.
  • Listen actively: let them know you understand their point of view and reflect it back so they know you heard them.
  • Don’t shush them or tell them to calm down.
  • Click here to learn more about de-escalation

Thank you!

We really appreciate you volunteering time for this important event. The Share Fair couldn’t happen without you.

We want to know how to make volunteering as easy, productive, and enjoyable as possible. After you volunteer please send us some feedback!

There are volunteer opportunities in between the share fair days too (seeking donations, coordinating services, making art, etc)! Let us know if you’re interested in helping out! Email us at resources@neighborhoodanarchists.org