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Throughout the year, hundreds of people work together to make a difference around the world. Many volunteer opportunities are still available!
Especially needed are folks who are:
Good with chairs, books (set up), or brooms (clean up): Tasks ranging from setting up tables and chairs to organizing used books. Report to the Willamette Building at 9 a.m. or anytime thereafter on Friday. Book sorting starts around 10 a.m. Cleanup crew is also needed. Jobs include low-impact tasks like sweeping. Starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Larry Passmore: 541-752-1561, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good with displays, presentations, and watching the clock (auction set up and implementation): On Friday extra hands are needed to hang up quilts then take them down Saturday as the auction proceeds. Contact Margery Barkman: 503-266-7854, email@example.com. Assistants also needed to run the main auction and silent auction on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. Contact Tim Steiner, 503-381-6436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good with kids (children’s activities): Assist with craft activities and the children’s scavenger hunt. One hour shifts take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Heather Gingrich: 503-318-9550, email@example.com.
Good with money (food booths): In lieu of tickets each food booth will have a cash box this year, so we need people to take money and make change. One or two hour shifts on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Barb Buxman: 503-522-5324, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Good with art (decorating food bags): Sack lunches will be available for children this year, and kids are needed to help decorate the bags -- maybe on the festival’s water theme? Contact Julia Todd, 541-258-3581, email@example.com.
· Friends and family!
· Penny Power donations: Look for the giant penny and a new Penny Cyclone
· Baked goods: Quick and yeast breads, dinner rolls and zwieback, cookies, brownie, pretzels, pies, homemade cereals – anything except cream-based and other refrigerated fillings. Deliver to the booth in the Willamette Building.
· School kits and school kit items: Deliver to the booth in the Willamette Building.
· Checkbook (or credit card) and cash; food purchases will be with cash this year instead of tickets
· An appetite! Look for a new food booth offering posole, a savory Mexican stew, with homemade tortillas! (Thanks, Comunidad Cristiana de Vida Nueva and Salem Mennonite Church!)
· Reusable shopping bags for your purchases
· Cooler for goodies to take home
· A generous heart
The Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief is coming up soon on October 11! Your gifts make this event successful, and make life better for neighbors worldwide.
Here’s how to make your contributions this year.
Auction and silent auction: Top sellers include vacation packages, handcrafted wooden items, tickets to cultural or sporting events, and new household items. Bring all auction items to the Santiam (not Willamette) Building at the Linn County Fairgrounds on Friday. For the main auction, please contact Tim Steiner in advance to let us know of your donation: 503-381-6436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s auction: Small items for kids ages 12 and under. Deliver to the Willamette Building on Friday or drop off on the morning of the festival. Contact Maria Steiner: 503-348-0256, email@example.com.
Country Store: Best sellers are usually wearables and consumables (rather than decorating items) such as fresh garden produce, soap, jewelry, granola, noodles, dried fruits, dried flowers. (Please note the festival cannot sell home-canned foods.) Deliver to the booth in the Willamette Building on Friday for pricing. Contact Denise Diller: 541-704-0451, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books: Deliver used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and other media to the booth in the Willamette Building on Friday for sorting. Donations of shopping bags are also greatly appreciated. Contact Dave Hockman-Wert: 541-752-0444, email@example.com.
Marta’s Haus: Donations including fabric, sewing notions, yarn, craft materials, quilt and craft books and magazines, even unfinished projects need to be delivered to Fairview Mennonite in Albany (541-928-1067) for pricing by the end of September. Contact Julie Miller: 541-740-7669.
Garden Shop: Deliver plants to the Santiam Building on Friday. Contact Ann Detweiler: 541-928-7038.
Also wanted: Your prayers for a safe and successful festival.
Warmest (and coziest) thanks to our quilters – your talents are at the heart of the festival! Please deliver your quilts, comforters, and wall hangings as follows.
· Portland area: Portland Mennonite Church (503-234-0559) by Monday, Sept. 22 (or deliver to Zion Mennonite on Sept. 23). Contact Alice Hill (503-771-2421).
· Woodburn area: Zion Mennonite Church (503-651-2274), on or before Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Louise Gingerich, 503-651-2816.
· Salem area: Salem Mennonite Church (503-390-2715), Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Contact Phyllis Lind (503-304-3860) or Karen Graber (503-623-3197).
· Sweet Home, Lebanon, Albany, and Corvallis area: Albany Mennonite Church (541-926-1443), Thursday morning, Sept. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Anita Lindberg (503-930-1455) or Tina Kauffman (541-926-5046). ■
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