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The Greatest Gift You Can Give is Your Time!

Volunteers are critical to the success of Spring Daze. We have a variety of volunteer needs, including helping artists load in and out, welcoming participants and the public, providing information, assisting with transportation, booth management, and many more. Whether you want to volunteer all day or for a few hours, there are options to fit every schedule.

Volunteer With Us

Due to the cancellation of the 27th annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, volunteer sign-ups are not currently being accepted. The sign-up for Spring Daze 2021 will open in March 2021. 

The sign-up to volunteer for Spring Daze opens on Monday, March 9, 2020 and closes on Friday, April 17, 2020. More than 100 volunteers are needed to make Spring Daze a success.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old unless otherwise noted. Volunteers younger than 16 can volunteer with a parent or guardian in certain positions. Please refer to the signup for more details.

Have questions? Contact Deirdre Lewis, Spring Daze Volunteer Coordinator, at (919) 462-3847 or by email.

Job Descriptions

Accessibility Information Booth Assistant: Help festival guests receive information about the festival services provided to those with disabilities by answering questions and distributing materials. This position will require occasional standing with the possibility of moderate lifting. Must be comfortable speaking in public. Must be 16+ to sign up for this position.

Booth Sitter: Give artists a break during the day by staying in their booth and informing festival guests the artist has stepped away for a moment. Booth sitters are not allowed to sell merchandise for artists. Booth sitters are required to have a cell phone with text messaging capabilities, be comfortable walking for extended periods of time, and be comfortable speaking to festival guests. Volunteers age 15 and younger may sign up with a parent/guardian that is at least 18 years of age for the same shift and must remain with that parent/guardian during the entirety of their shift.

Booth Sitter Dispatch: Dispatch Booth Sitters to artist booths as requests are received and correspond with artists alerting them of wait times. Must be comfortable using an iPad and have proficient typing skills. Must be 16+ to sign up for this position.

Chick-fil-A Booth Assistant: Assist the staff at the Chick-fil-A concessions booth by serving food and handing out information. This position will require standing for extended periods of time and may require heavy lifting. Must be 16+ to sign up for this position.

Information Booth Assistant: Help festival staff at the information booths by assisting with children's security armbands, running errands, helping visitors with questions, and giving directions. This position will require occasional standing with the possibility of moderate lifting. Must be comfortable speaking in public. Must be 16+ to sign up for this position.

Load-In Assistant: Assist vendors in unloading and setting up booth spaces. This position will require standing for extended periods of time, heavy lifting, and walking long distances. Volunteers age 15 and younger may sign up with a parent/guardian that is at least 18 years of age for the same shift and must remain with that parent/guardian during the entirety of their shift.

Load-Out Assistant: Assist vendors in loading cars and breaking down booth spaces. This position will require standing for extended periods of time, heavy lifting, and walking long distances. Volunteers age 15 and younger may sign up with a parent/guardian that is at least 18 years of age for the same shift and must remain with that parent/guardian during the entirety of their shift.

Lunch Detail Assistant: Help sort and distribute lunches for artists. This position will require standing for extended periods of time, walking long distances, and possible heavy lifting. Volunteers age 15 and younger may sign up with a parent/guardian that is at least 18 years of age for the same shift and must remain with that parent/guardian during the entirety of their shift.

Merchandise Tent Assistant: Assist staff with running the merchandise tent by restocking, finding sizes, and interacting with guests. Volunteers in this position are not allowed to sell the merchandise. This position must be comfortable speaking in public. Must be 16+ to sign up for this position.

Paint-By-Numbers Assistant: Facilitate the paint-by-numbers activity by giving guest directions, handing out supplies, and cleaning paint brushes. This position will require standing for extended periods of time and moderate lifting. Volunteers age 15 and younger may sign up with a parent/guardian that is at least 18 years of age for the same shift and must remain with that parent/guardian during the entirety of their shift.

Vendor Check-In Assistant: Work with Vendor Check-In Leads to check in vendors at the festival entrance where the welcome packet is passed out. This position will require standing for extended periods of time. Must be 16+ to sign up for this position.

Vendor Hospitality Detail: Distribute hospitality bags to festival vendors. This position will require standing for extended periods of time and excessive walking. Volunteers age 15 and younger may sign up with a parent/guardian that is at least 18 years of age for the same shift and must remain with that parent/guardian during the entirety of their shift.

Volunteer Check-In Assistant: Responsible for checking in and out festival volunteers. This includes having volunteers sign waivers, handing out t-shirts, and explaining assignments. Must be comfortable speaking to volunteers and answering questions. This position will require occasional standing with the possibility of heavy lifting and walking long distances. Must be 18+ to sign up for this position.

Volunteer Incentives

  • Receive a 2020 Spring Daze volunteer t-shirt upon check-in.
  • Receive a volunteer hospitality bag upon check-in.
  • Earn community service hours for schools, clubs, or other organizations.
  • Assist the Town of Cary in providing $40,000 in grants to local area nonprofits by offsetting the costs of staff.
  • Receive an invitation to the Volunteer Picnic, hosted annually each fall.