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Volunteer at RiverArts
Volunteering is one of the easiest ways to become involved in the arts, and Chestertown RiverArts offers numerous opportunities. Hanging shows, gallery sitting, painting walls, planning and staffing special events, providing hospitality services at show openings, computer work, telephone calling, writing press releases, and even carpentry are some of the areas where volunteers can make a huge difference to the Gallery. Whether you are a student, stay-at-home parent, retiree or anyone with some free time during office hours, we could use your organizational skills to help with a variety of projects. Most opportunities are during the day, but evening hours are available.
Among the many reasons to volunteer at Chestertown RiverArts are the following:
- To get to know a community organization and be part of a team
- To donate your professional skills
- To have a positive impact on promoting the arts
- To receive community service credit
- To be challenged and learn some new skills
- To make new friends and have fun
When you sign up as a volunteer, we will arrange an appropriate orientation. Depending on the task you volunteered to do and your familiarity with CAL and its mission and procedures, an orientation will be customized to make sure you understand the task and know where to find the resources to complete the task. You will be asked to fill out a record log of your volunteer activities and time. You will be placed on our Volunteer List and your volunteer hours will start to accumulate.
To volunteer, fill out the Volunteer Opportunities Form and email it to RiverArts@verizon.net or mail it to Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Gallery Support: Greet and welcome visitors during gallery hours, special events and openings (answer questions and provide information, directions, and specific guidance to patrons). Assist staff with clerical tasks, such as filing, photocopying, data entry, answering and making phone calls, compiling membership information, arranging handouts and other information to share and producing marketing, financial and programmatic reports. Help with inventory and display of shop art and correspondence with artists. Assignments vary according to the volunteer’s interests and skill sets.
Exhibitions Support: Assist with sign-in/sign-out of artwork, hanging of artwork and placement of labels. Curate a show. Create show Press Releases, posters, newsletter articles and other marketing materials. Photograph show entries for the website.
Marketing: Write articles for the monthly CAL newsletter or for special events. Design Constant Contact emails and ads to advertise events. Write press releases for upcoming shows and classes. Distribute marketing materials to members and other arts organizations.
First Friday Support: Assist Special Events Committee with various tasks such as organizing the event, publicizing the event, making phone calls, and making arrangements. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the Gala Fundraising Committee and to assist the committee during the month leading up to and including the annual gala.
Monthly Events Volunteers: Assist Events Committee with the planning and organizing of programs, field trips, social events including tasks such as arranging entertainment, bus tours, guest lecturers, and publicity.
Handyman/Technicians: Provide carpentry, paining and equipment repair and prepping/painting walls between shows.
Education support: Assist the Education Committee in planning workshops, soliciting instructors, writing up classes for newsletter and email marketing, and calling members about their interests.
Community Projects: Design community projects, write descriptions of projects, talk to community members about their ideas and solicit participants for project.
The following benefits have been designed to show our appreciation for your volunteer time:
- Invitation to the Volunteer Recognition Party
- Acknowledgement on our website for volunteers who have donated 10 or more hours to CAL
- Free entry fee for a show for every 10 hours of volunteer time
- Community service credit for middle and high school students
- Enhanced portfolio and resume for college students and young professionals
- Pro Bono credit with your employment organization