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Old Capitol Farmers Market

May – October

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We need your help at the Old Capitol Farmers Market! Volunteering with us is a great way to support your community; meet new friends; learn more about local farms, chefs, bakers, and other vendors; and get a behind-the-scenes look at the people and faces that help make our farmers market the place to be every Saturday morning. The Old Capitol Farmers Market is all about building a thriving local community and creating a sense of place here in Springfield. We can’t do it without you!

Volunteer Shifts:

First shift: 8:00 am – 9:45 am
Second shift: 10:00 am – 11:45 am.

Shifts are just 1 hour and 45 minutes and we need 5 volunteers for each shift.

Volunteer Duties:

Volunteers will count people entering the market for a 20-minute period each hour. People watching at its finest! In between counts, volunteers are welcome to shop and enjoy the market, including live music, fitness activities, yoga, and chef demonstrations! There are just two 20-minute counts each shift, which means you get to spend just as much time eating breakfast tacos and watching chef demos as you do volunteering. That’s the kind of volunteer style we’re all about!

Other volunteer duties may include helping with set-up or tear-down of tables and chairs, taking pictures for social media, and taking attendance counts at the family fitness events or chef demos.

Why Your Help Matters

Your help measuring market attendance allows us to document the importance of the Market to our community and local economy. Additionally, attendance is an important number when it comes to securing grants and sponsorships for the Market.


Springfield Winter Farmers Market

January – April

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance is seeking volunteers to help with attendance counts, coffee sales, and data collection at the Springfield Winter Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of each month, January – April, at the Third Presbyterian Church in Enos Park Neighborhood.  Sign up for a shift, do a little good, and then peruse the market and stock up on fresh ingredients and unique offerings from local farmers and artisans.

Volunteer Shifts:

First shift: 8:30am – 10:30 am
Second shift: 10:30 – 12:30 pm

Shifts are just 2 hours long and we need 2 volunteers for each shift.

Volunteer Duties:

Volunteers will use clickers to track attendance as shoppers enter the Third Presbyterian Church or they will manage the coffee table and sell coffee.

Other volunteer duties may include helping with set-up or tear-down of tables and chairs and taking pictures for social media.

Why Your Help Matters

Data collection helps us tell the story of the market– from the number of people our market serves to the reasons why they shop, this kind of information helps us determine the impact of the market and make improvements in the future. These numbers are also important when it comes to securing grants and sponsorships for the market, which is how we keep these markets going each year! Coffee sales are also important to the continuance of the market. Coffee not only makes morning shoppers a little more chipper, but coffee sales are used to support the market and insure that we have continued dollars for marketing and staffing.

 


Springfield Holiday Farmers Market

November – December

SIGN UP HERE- will be available in November. 

Spread holiday cheer and volunteer! Illinois Stewardship Alliance is seeking volunteers to help with attendance counts at the Springfield Holiday Farmers Market on Saturday, December 16th from 9am – 1pm at the Orr Building on the State Fairgrounds. Sign up for a shift, do a little good, and then peruse the market and stock up on fresh ingredients and unique holiday gifts from local artisans.

Volunteer Shifts:

First shift: 8:30am – 9:15 am
Second shift: 9:15am – 10:00 am
Third shift: 10:00am – 10:45am
Fourth shfit: 10:45am – 11:30am
Fifth shift: 11:30am – 12:15pm
Sixth shift: 12:15pm – 1:00pm.

Shifts are just 45 minutes long and we need 3 volunteers for each shift.

Volunteer Duties:

Volunteer will use clickers to track attendance as shoppers enter the Orr Building. There are two entrances and one volunteer will be stationed at each entrance. An additional volunteer will help with Dot Surveys. Dot Surveys are a quick and easy way to get feedback and data from shoppers. A question, such as “How did you hear about this event” will be written on a large easle with poster board, with multiple choice answers below. Volunteers will have markers or stickers and will ask passerby to mark their answer on the poster board.

Other volunteer duties may include helping with set-up or tear-down of tables and chairs and taking pictures for social media.

Why Your Help Matters

Attendance counts and data collection help tell the story of the market and how important it is to our community. This data will be used to help seek sponsors and grants and grow these markets in the future.