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, email@example.com.
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 and display them Saturday as the auction proceeds. Contact Margery Barkman: 503-266-7854, firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistants also needed to run the main auction and silent auction on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. Contact Tim Steiner, 503-381-6436, email@example.com.
Good for food and dishes: Setup helpers in the foods area Friday beginning at 9 a.m. as well as cleanup helpers. Volunteers to wash dishes through the day, to serve soup and salad lunch, and be cashiers at the food booths. Contact Julia Todd, 541-258-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good with cash and cheese: People to sell meats and cheese as well as serve as cashier at the Country Store. Contact Denise Diller, 541-704-0451, email@example.com. ■
1. Auction donations are starting to arrive, and they’re creating a buzz on Facebook! What can you give to support MCC? Let us know about your donation by contacting Tim Steiner, 503-381-6436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Quilters and crafters: Your donations of fabric, patterns, quilt books and magazines, craft things, unfinished quilts/craft/sewing projects, old linens and dollies, and sewing notions will delight festival-goers. Please deliver gifts for Marta’s Haus by October 1 to Fairview Mennonite Church (35100 Goltra Road, Albany) or call Julie Miller, 541-754-7533.
3. School kit items are often featured in back-to-school specials: spiral or perforated notebooks (8 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 in and 70 sheets), pencils, rulers (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in), colored pencils (12 in packaging), large pencil erasers. Bring them to the festival. ■
Also needed: Access to a refrigerated truck to transport the apple cider.
Contact Gale Gingrich, 503-399-0795, email@example.com.
Volunteering a few hours at the festival and/or set-up day is a wonderful way to make a difference for people in need worldwide. Could you lend a hand this year? How about recruiting some family members to help with you, or a small group from church? There are tasks for all ages. Here are some of the most pressing needs:
· One physically active/strong person to orchestrate the display operation on Friday and then the take down on Saturday as the quilts are removed to be sold
· Auction helpers to display both sides of the quilts as they are being sold
· Setup helpers on Friday beginning at 9 a.m.
Contact Margery Barkman: 503-266-7854, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Individual to coordinate the display of auction items on Friday
· Helpers to hold up items as they are being auctioned
· Setup helpers on Friday and cleanup helpers on Saturday (stacking chairs, moving tables, etc.)
· People to help display silent auction items on Saturday
· Person to remove silent auction tables when items have been sold
Contact Tim Steiner, 503-381-6436, email@example.com
· 1-3 people to wash dishes throughout the day
· 8 people to serve soup and salad lunch
· 6-8 cashiers for food booths
· Setup helpers in the foods area Friday beginning at 9 a.m.
· Cleanup helpers on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
Contact Julia Todd, 541-258-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org
· People to sell meats and cheese
Contact Denise Diller, 541-704-0451, email@example.com
All quilters are invited to create a hand- or machine-quilted table runner or table mat for this year’s Quilt Challenge. As in other years, festivalgoers will vote for their favorite before these items are auctioned to benefit a special MCC project.
Dimensions can be of any size. Information is posted online: visit oregonfestivalforworldrelief.com and click on “2015 Quilts.” Or contact Margery Barkman: firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
In recent years we’ve enjoyed the music of the Festival String Band as we’ve munched on lunch, browsed the books, or chatted with friends. This year we’d like to sign up several more groups to play half-hour or hour-long sets between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Because of the acoustics in the Willamette Building, we’re looking for instrumental groups that can play without amplification. Sounds from bluegrass to classical to celtic and more are all welcome.
If your group can help, or to recommend a group you know, contact Richard Heggen: 541-753-1073, email@example.com. ■
Where are you vacationing?
Invite friends or family to pool your gifts to create a vacation package or other special donation for the auction. Giving early helps us attract more bidders!
Let us know about your contribution by contacting Tim Steiner, 503-381-6436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work with kids to create goods for the Country Store.
Top sellers are usually wearables and consumables (rather than decorating items) such as fresh garden produce, peppernuts, granola, noodles, dried fruits, dried flowers, and new handcrafted items such as knitted dishcloths. (Please note the festival cannot sell home-canned foods.)
Contact Denise Diller, 541-704-0451, email@example.com.
Changes are on the horizon for the festival’s food offerings in 2015. New state regulations now require that all meals served on site must be prepared at the fairgrounds.
Baked goods, the children’s sack lunches, and other foods served without heating are fine. Sausages, pancakes, and apple dumplings prepared on site are fine. But taco salad and spring rolls will not be available this year.
We’re exploring new options, and though we will miss some of our old favorites, it’s an exciting opportunity to offer some new tastes.
Shifts in the menu mean that we will need volunteers to take on new tasks – and these volunteers are greatly needed! To learn more, please contact Julia Todd: 541-258-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
Coins donated at the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief add up! Last year our Penny Power gifts totaled more than $15,000 for Mennonite Central Committee water projects. We hope to collect even more this year, under the program’s new name: My Coins Count.*
Go to the festival website (oregonfestivalforworldrelief.com) for a downloadable poster and information about MCC water projects. My Coins Count is a great way that kids can help make life better for other children worldwide. Some congregations collect coins all through the summer!
Here are three ways to make a splash with My Coins Count:
· Designate a denomination. One church started a “Don’t spend a dime” initiative, inviting members to notice and set aside dimes.
· Multiply your matches. Having one person in the congregation match a My Coins Count collection on a particular Sunday is great. But what happens if you get five people, or even 10, to match donations?
· Try a tax. Invite families to keep track of how often someone turns on the faucet and donate a certain amount for each use.■
*Wondering what happened to Penny Power? MCC renamed the U.S. and Canadian effort after Canada took the penny out of circulation.
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