I live in a small town of less than 2,000 people. When it comes to special events like Tulip Time, Family Night Out, and July 4th celebrations, the Chamber of Commerce, city officials, and the community rely on volunteers.
Volunteers are needed for tram rides, local booths, events around town to help visitors during Tulip Time. Volunteers are needed for shooting off the fireworks and working the gates at the football field for the July 4th evening events. While Family Night Out requires some volunteers, help is often looked at through local businesses for donations for whatever events that are set-up for the evening.
Where to find out which event needs help?
1. Know Who Is on the Chamber of Commerce. Those who make up the Chamber of Commerce often know when events are going to happen and where they are lacking help with events.
2. City Council Meetings. While discussions are often held about whether or not events would capture enough interest for the town, a council member may have some information on whom to contact to add your name to the list of volunteers.
3. Local Businesses. In small towns like Belle Plaine, business owners will often here the scuttle of what’s going on in town and special events that are up coming. Also, many of them allow posters or notices of when and where help is needed for certain areas of an event that’s coming up.
4. Local Newspaper. This is another area that I have found, most recently-Tulip Time, was needing volunteers for many of the areas around town where events where being held.
5. Town Website. As of today, there were notices about limbs being picked up by the maintenance department, expired drugs being dropped off at the police station, and the hours for the Recycling Center and needing a volunteer for a new Recycle Center Coordinator.
6. Local Police, Fire, and EMS departments. Some small towns EMS Department runs on volunteers who have to meet requirements. The same goes for police for special events like mentioned above. I know some of the retired officers will volunteer some of their time for events around here. Some small towns also have a volunteer fire department. They may go on duty when the regular department are out on a large fire so there are people in town in the event of a fire or other similar emergency where a fire crew may be needed. These small town fire departments may be the only one in town and consists of volunteers. If they don’t use volunteers, they may know when and where volunteers are needed.
7. Church, Library, and Schools. Both of these places may have information on how to volunteer in your community or where you can find more information. Also, both places sometimes needs volunteers at a school, library, or church for different activities. For example, the school and library may need someone to volunteer during reading times or book sales.