An event like Cheshire's Lights of Hope is only as successful as the volunteers who make it possible. Whether you have an hour, a day, a week or more, we welcome you to join our exciting effort. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and we have volunteers who make Cheshire's Lights of Hope a family - or team/club - volunteer project. Some of the jobs we need help with include:
- Street captain - to sell luminaries to your neighbors on your street (or any other).
- Luminary assembly - over the course of two nights, we'll assemble all the luminary kits necessary to illuminate the town.
- Operations - set up and breakdown takes manpower, and we could use all the help we can get!
- Clean up - we will need help breaking down the stage from the Congregational Church Green and cleaning it up. More hands make less work for all.
- Rally volunteer - staff a food booth, provide directions, sell luminaries - it's a fun day to celebrate Cheshire.
- Committee help - from awards and operations, to volunteers, sponsorships, Youth Ambassadors, and Rally coordination, our executive committee is committed to raising as much money as possible for Cheshire charities. All help is welcome.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
We are in need of volunteers to help create luminary kits! Click here if you are interested in helping us out on October 23, 24, 25; and November 1 and 2. Time slots are 6 - 8 pm at PAWS.
We have volunteer opportunities available all year long. Click here if you are available to volunteer for our event next year on November 11, 2017.
Volunteers will be needed to set up the "Mile of Hope" on the day of the event. We have many locations and need at least five people per stop. We require at least one adult over 18 at each location. Volunteers should sign up separately, please don't sign up once as a group.
Not sure what you want to do to help? Simply contact our volunteer coordinator with your name, telephone contact and email address. We'll point you in the right direction. Thank you!!
Volunteer Hour Requirements
We have made some changes to how we will be signing off of and keeping track of volunteering hours. There has been some confusion in the past so we thought we should clarify it for this years event.
- The Volunteer Coordinator - Edmonde Bernier Jr. - will be the only person capable of signing off on any volunteering hours, and can be reached via our contact us page.
- Each person will be required to both sign in and sign out from each volunteering opportunity and sign up through our links, in order to receive credit for their hours. If there is no proof then we will not be able to sign off on your hours. Our apologies in advance, although there will be no exceptions.
- Each Street Captain will receive 10 minutes of volunteering time for every one 'Kit' sold on their street, the Street Captains Order Forms will be used as verification. (Note: this formula has been chosen based on average street orders, as we realize this is not a precise measurement, this is what the committee has decided to use for this year.)
- All volunteer hours must be requested to be signed off on by December 1, 2016. Requests can be sent to the volunteer email address below. All requests made after December 1, 2016 will be denied.
- All 'Youth Ambassadors' must provide specific details of every hour accounted for (i.e. - meeting - who was in attendance, time & place, dates of every call and communication made, etc.) using the following CLOH Volunteer Time Sheet* form.
- There will be no signing off of hours on the day of the luminary event - signing in and out will be crucial to you receiving your accurate amount of hours.
- Please Note: If you choose to partner up or co-captain this year with one or more people, please understand we will split the hours evenly amongst all who share in the "kits" sold. For instance: If 3 siblings captain a street and they sell 48 total kits, they will then split 12 hours amongst the 3 of them evenly (4 volunteer hours for each of them). While we understand this is not always 100% accurate this is what we have adopted as our guideline.
If there are any further questions feel free to contact our volunteer coordinator.
Special Thanks to Our Volunteers!
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped make Cheshire's Lights of Hope current and past luminary events a huge success!
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