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Call for Volunteers: Harlem Arts Festival 2013

30 May

The Harlem Arts Festival is a free annual festival presenting music, dance, theater, and visual artists based in or inspired by Harlem. Taking place at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on June 29th & 30th, they invite the community to celebrate Harlem’s vibrant cultural landscape and contemporary artistry.

They are looking for Stage Technicians, Greeters/Info Booth Attendances, Servers, Kids Corner Attendants, Builders/Runners, Medical personnel  Merchandise sellers, and Artist Liaisons to volunteer for this amazing weekend celebration. Last year 33 artists performed on 2 different stages over 2 days in front of approximately 1,000 attendees. This year the festival is expected to draw an even larger crowd and that is why they need you more than ever! Volunteers are the key to making this another wildly successful event.

If you would like more information about the festival please visit and if you would like to volunteer, please contact Leah Diaz at or at 253-318-9872.

A more detailed description of the volunteer roles they are looking to fill is below:

Stage Technicians – work directly with the Production Stage Manager to meet the technical requirements provided in each performing artists’ tech rider. Volunteers should have a background in electronics or production and should be able to lift at least 30 lbs. Some heavy lifting will be required.

Greeters, Info Booth Attendants, and Servers for Thursday Night only – must be interested in working closely with festival attendees and providing friendly and knowledgeable services. Volunteers with exceptional people skills may be assigned to various posts throughout the position including greeters, info booth staff, or servers at VIP catered events.

Kids Corner Attendants – work to provide arts in education activities for children of all ages and engage them in art making with crafts and performance. Volunteers will oversee child safety, facilitate crafts and performance games, and confer with parents about specific drop off and pick up times of individual children. Volunteers with a special skill or interest in working with children or in education should apply for this category.

Builders/Runners – primary set up and breakdown crew of vendor booths, artist tables, and gallery walk. Each assignment will be dispatched and managed by Volunteer Coordinator. Each assignment is to be completed as efficiently as possible, and during intervals, volunteers will assist with providing information and friendly service to festival attendees. Should be able to lift 15 lbs and stand for up to 6 hours.

Medical – must have a particular skill or interest in first aid, CPR, or other related medical service. Proof of certification will be required. Volunteers will be stationed in the medical tent and will attend to festival staff and attendees with medical concerns. Volunteers will work closely with Mt. Sinai EMT service and Fire Dept. in case of medical emergency.

Merchandise – manage the sale and distribution of festival merchandise. Harlem Arts Festival t-shirts, tote bags, posters, and magnets will be on sale throughout the festival. Being able to accurately record inventory and cash flow reports of total sales is a plus. Volunteers will be responsible for set up and breakdown of merchandise tent.

Artist Liaison – will be charged with delivering personalized service and attention to each of the participating festival artists. Volunteers will be responsible for artist check-in, orientation, and company management. Performing artists will be escorted and toured through the green room and visual artists will be shown to their individual booth and offered set up. Liaisons should have some background in arts or production, and will assist in transitions between acts and work closely with stage technicians and Production Stage Manager. Liaisons may be asked to assist with set up of visual artist booth or gallery space. Liaisons should be able to lift 20 lbs and stand for up to 6 hours.




It’s My Park Day – May 18

16 May

It’s My Park Day, presented by Partnership for Parks, will take place on Saturday, May 18th.  Throughout the city, New Yorkers will be chipping in to clean up and help maintain their parks and playgrounds across all five boroughs. Partnerships for Parks invites dedicated community groups to organize It’s My Park Day volunteer projects and free cultural events in their neighborhood parks. Volunteer activities range from horticulture to painting projects, along with a variety of free events, including kayaking, dance performance, and much, much more!

Below are some links to help you find a park near you-strap on those boots and get ready to get dirty!


NYC Parks and Recreation Department

Partnership for Parks



Concern’s Annual Spring Run Needs Volunteers!

26 Mar

Concern Worldwide US, an international humanitarian agency committed to fighting extreme poverty around the world, needs over 200 volunteers to organize and help execute its annual SPRING RUN fundraising event. This 4 mile run/walk through Central Park will take place on Saturday, April 13th, at 9:30AM. All of the proceeds from the Spring Run will support Concern’s programs fighting extreme poverty in the 25 poorest countries in the world.

Each year, in preparation for the event, Concern relies on volunteers for a variety of promotional tasks, namely helping distribute posters and brochures to local businesses to spread awareness of the event. On the day of the run volunteers will also help in the setup and execution of the day’s events. Both individual volunteers and groups are welcome, but groups are preferred.

For information on how you can get involved, please write them at or visit . You can also visit to learn more about the organization. It’s a great day outside and a wonderful way to give back! 

Mae’s Breath 1st Anniversary (Volunteers Needed)

7 Feb

On March 5th, Mae’s Breath Foundation & Fashion Emerge will host the one year anniversary of the newly formed Mae’s Breath Foundation, which began in memory of Brooklyn resident Eartha Mae Lawson, who lost her brief battle with lung cancer in 2010. The evening festivities will include showcasing MBF’s on-line support group, as well as an introduction of the creative arts series which will promote lung cancer awareness.

Mae’s Breath is currently seeking volunteers to assist at this event and help ensure that it runs smoothly. Volunteers will be asked to greet guests and press, distribute giftbags, and assist with model preparation before the showcase begins. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Yolanda at

MB Flyer

Comedy Relief: Rebuilding with Laughter on January 12th

8 Jan

On January 12th, the CIAO Relief Fund will host Comedy Relief: Rebuilding with Laughter. Some of NY’s top talent have signed on to keep us laughing!


These awesome comics have been seen on Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, FX, VH1, MTV, and the Chappelle’s Show… just to name a few. Our line-up will include:

Justin Williams – Beth Maria – Sam Morril – Sheba Mason – Jason Andors – Kenny Ortega – Dan St. Germain

After the show, the party will continue downstairs with music, raffles and awesome prizes. Get your drink on, get your laugh on, and enjoy the company of other people who can get down for a good cause.

Thank you to our generous donors who have already contributed to our raffle prize selection:

Kilwin’s, Chef Dave Martin, City Outdoor, and The Creek & The Cave

Eventbrite - Comedy Relief: Rebuilding with Laughter

Thanks to The Creek & The Cave in Long Island City for hosting us, located at 10-93 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, NY! Due to subway construction, the 7 train will not be running this weekend. As an alternate route, guests may take the N/Q to Queensborough Plaza and switch to a free shuttle bus to Vernon Blvd. Alternate routes:

to 21 St/Van Alst: Exit onto Jackson Ave. Walk 3 blocks south (away from the Citi building)
to 11th Street.

to 23 St/Ely Ave: Exit onto 21st St. Walk five blocks south to Jackson Ave (the avenue numbers get bigger). Take a right on Jackson. The Creek is 3 blocks up on the right. Please note that the V train does not run on weekends.

By Bus – MTA Bus Map

B61 to 11th Street — right on the Queens side of the Pulaski Bridge
Q67 to Jackson and 46th ave.

By Car – Google Maps – Get Directions

From Manhattan
Via Midtown Tunnel. Take the Borden Ave./Pulaski Bridge Exit. Turn right onto Borden Ave. Turn right onto Vernon Blvd. Turn slight right onto Jackson Ave. The Creek is two blocks on your left.

Via Queensboro/59th St.. Bridge. Use the lower level. Take the Queens Boulevard service lane (all the way to the right) when you exit. At Kelly’s furniture warehouse, turn right on Jackson Ave and follow to 49th Ave.

From Queens/Long Island
LIE (495) west. Exit at Van Dam St. (the last exit before midtown tunnel). Turn right on Van Dam and make a left onto Thompson Avenue. From there, turn left onto Jackson Ave. Continue for 7 blocks. The Creek is located at 49th Ave and Jackson Ave.

From Brooklyn
BQE north to the McGuiness Blvd exit. Once you exit, veer to the left. Continue over the Pulaski Bridge. At the bottom of the bridge turn left onto Jackson Ave. The Creek is on your right at 49th Ave and Jackson Ave.