By Ari Rosner
Hollywood Farmers Market community volunteer coordinator
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Unknown.
Interested in volunteering at the Hollywood Farmers Market this season? Then come out to our annual Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Rose City Park Presbyterian Church at 1907 N.E. 45th Ave.
The market wouldn’t be possible without the help of its volunteers. Every Saturday it takes 20 to 25 volunteers to keep the market running smoothly. A few early-riser volunteers show up at 7 a.m. to set up the market’s equipment (canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs and signage) before customers begin arriving. When the market is open, volunteers answer customers’ questions, pass out fliers about upcoming market events, allow vendors working solo to take breaks, do crowd counts and handle anything else that comes up during the course of a busy day. Then, at the end of the day, volunteers take down all the equipment and repack it into a storage space. Volunteers enable the market to function and they make it fun.
Farmers markets are inherently social places. According to a Project for Public Spaces study, a customer has an average of 15-20 social interactions at a farmers market, versus 1-2 at a grocery store. And for volunteers, that number is much higher. Even for the setup and breakdown volunteers, who mainly just interact with each other, the camaraderie and sense of shared purpose is strong.
On Saturday mornings, the mood at the market information booth (which is the home base for market volunteers) is warm and inviting. New volunteers are welcomed heartily and quickly absorbed into the community, and returning volunteers are greeted as old friends.
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering but can’t make it to the orientation, contact Ari Rosner at (503) 803-7279 or send an email to gro.t1516530361ekram1516530361sremr1516530361afdoo1516530361wyllo1516530361h@sre1516530361etnul1516530361ov1516530361 so we can schedule you and orient you on market day.
See you at the market!
The Hollywood Farmers Market is located on Northeast Hancock Street between 44th and 45th avenues, one block south of Sandy Boulevard. It is open every Saturday from April through Thanksgiving and the first and third Saturdays of the month from December through March. Market hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. from April to September and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from October to March. Dogs are welcome in the Market after 10 a.m. For more information, visit hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.