Portland Cinco de Mayo | Volunteer
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Volunteer

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Intro + How To

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at the 2020 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.  This event is built on the hard work of our whole community – more than 500 volunteers make this event a success each year!  Please read about our volunteer opportunities below.  Each includes a full job description and available shifts. All volunteer shifts are available Saturday, Friday, and Tuesday. We welcome you to help us more than one shift or day. If you have a volunteer position you love and have done before, let us know!

PGSCA Booth

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Shift 1: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Shift 2: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Shift 3: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Shift 4: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Goal: Help give our guests a world-class experience by welcoming them into the booth, answering their questions, and bringing alive the miss and programs of the the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the PGSCA.

Responsibilities
  • style=”font-weight: 400;”>Greet Fiesta guests into the PGSCA booth.  Show them the great work of our Fiesta host
  • Provide answers and information to guests about the Fiesta.
  • Offer tours of the Artisan Area and local nonprofit booths
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • Outgoing and excited to talk to people your whole shift
  • Standing and walking the whole shift

Details
  • Most shifts are 3.5 hours, except Shift 1, which helps us get ready earlier in the day
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • This position will be walking and working in all weather conditions, especially if it’s rainy
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Information & Merchandise Booth (*NEW*)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Shift 1: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Shift 2: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Shift 3: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Shift 4: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Goal: NEW BOOTH – Greet our guests entering the Fiesta-side of the event, answering their questions and offering them opportunities purchase items that benefit the PGSCA, their mission and programs.

Responsibilities
  • Greet Fiesta guests at the information and merchandise booth.
  • Provide answers and information to guests about the Fiesta.
  • Provide sales support of PGSCA merchandise.  A PGSCA Board member will be in the booth at all times.
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • Outgoing and excited to talk to people your whole shift
  • Sitting the whole shift, if preferred

Details
  • Most shifts are 3.5 hours, except Shift 1, which helps us get ready earlier in the day
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • This position will be walking and working in all weather conditions, especially if it’s rainy
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Fiesta Event Support

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Early Bird: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Shift 1: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Shift 2: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Shift 3: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Shift 4: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Goal: Work with the Cinco de Mayo production team in creating and sustaining a beautiful and smooth-flowing Fiesta

Responsibilities
  • Assist the set up and take down of Fiesta activities
  • Join larger teams as we address important tasks or issues
  • Walk around the Fiesta, removing waste and keeping the park litter-free
  • Provide warm and welcoming answers to all question from Fiesta guests
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

 

 

Qualifications
  • Cheerful, energetic, and communicative
  • Enjoy working on a team to get big projects accomplished
  • Actively walk, move and jump into work your whole shift
  • Ability to repeatedly bend over and pick up objects

Details
  • Most shifts are 3.5 hours, except Shift 1, which helps us get ready earlier in the day
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • This position will be walking and working in all weather conditions, especially if it’s rainy
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Plaza de Niños

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Shift 1: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Shift 2: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Shift 3: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Shift 4: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

 

Goal: Work inside the Plaza de Niños, sharing cultural arts and crafts with children and families.

Responsibilities
  • Cultural Crafts: Work with children and help them complete their projects
  • Help keep the area always clean and ready to accept more guests
  • Provide information about Cinco de Mayo, on a kid-friendly level
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • Cheerful, energetic, and communicative
  • Spanish speaking a plus

Details
  • Shifts are 3 hours. Shift 4 may go a bit later to help us clean up and get ready for the next day.
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Face Painting

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Shift 1: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Shift 2: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Shift 3: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Shift 4: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

 

Goal: Unleash your inner artist by painting the faces and applying Fiesta temporary tattoos to children.

Responsibilities
  • Face Painting: Use face painting supplies and templates to serve dozens of children each shift
  • Temporary Tattoos: Apply an assortment of Fiesta temporary tattoos
  • Help keep the area always clean and ready to accept more guests
  • Provide information about Cinco de Mayo, on a kid-friendly level
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • No experience or artistic skills needed.  All templates are easy to follow and the task gets easier with each child served.
  • Cheerful, energetic, and communicative
  • Spanish speaking a plus

Details
  • Shifts are 3 hours. Shift 4 may go a bit later to help us clean up and get ready for the next day.
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Artisan Area

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Shift 1: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Shift 2: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Shift 3: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Shift 4: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Goal: Assist our guests from Guadalajara, who have traveled to Portland to sell their special, handcrafted items.

Responsibilities
  • Greet guests and help them with their purchases
  • Communicate the stories of the different artisans, their booths and their goods
  • Help problem solve issues with purchases, or translation, as needed
  • Provide warm and welcoming answers to all question from Fiesta guests
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • Cheerful, energetic, and communicative
  • Spanish speaking a plus

Details
  • All shifts are 3 hours long, and we welcome you to help the artisans for longer, if you wish
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Student Assembly

Friday ONLY
  • Shift 1: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Goal: Assist the PGSCA in welcoming hundreds of students from across the Portland-Metro region to an exclusive and educational performance of the mariachi and ballet folklorico, on Friday, May 4th

Responsibilities
  • Meet and direct busses into a swift and safe unloading of their students
  • Guide groups of children and chaperones from the street and to their seats inside the tent
  • Help escort out students leaving on buses, and help hand out lunches to those who are staying
  • Provide warm and welcoming answers to all question from Fiesta guests
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • Outgoing and excited to talk to people your whole shift
  • Confidence speaking to large groups and getting them to follow directions

Details
  • The shift is 4.5 hours long, and we welcome you to help the Fiesta for other shifts
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Naturalization Ceremony

Friday ONLY
  • Shift 1: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

 

Goal: Help the PGSCA host a ceremony and celebration for our newest American citizens

Responsibilities
  • Set up and take down tables and chairs for the ceremony, as well as other needed tasks
  • Greet guests and guide them to their seats
  • Provide warm and welcoming answers to all question from Fiesta guests
  • Act professionally at all times, on behalf of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

Qualifications
  • Cheerful, energetic, and communicative
  • Enjoy working on a team to get big projects accomplished
  • Actively walk, move and jump into work your whole shift

Details
  • The shift is 3.5 hours long, and we welcome you to help the Fiesta for other volunteer jobs
  • Volunteers will receive a Cinco de Mayo volunteer t-shirt, snacks and water
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event