Portland Cinco de Mayo | Volunteer
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Intro + How To

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at the 2018 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!  We have volunteer positions that you will enjoy.  We have volunteer positions that will value your time and talents.  Finally, we have volunteer positions that will truly benefit our guests, the Fiesta, and the PGSCA.   Our goal is to make this so fun and rewarding that you make volunteering with Cinco de Mayo an annual tradition.
Please read about our volunteer opportunities below.  Each includes a full job description and available shifts. All volunteer shifts are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, except a couple Friday-only programs. 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! Once you have chosen, please follow the instructions below to register to volunteer.

Information Booth

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Shift 1: 9:30 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: Help give our guests our world-class experience by welcoming them, answering their questions, and bringing alive the mission of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the PGSCA

Responsibilities
  • Information Booth – Provide answers and information to guests about the Fiesta.
  • Merchandise Sales – Help the PGSCA sell event merchandise to support their charitable programs
  • Gate Greeter – Meet volunteers, special guests and others who would like access to the Fiesta, and guide them to their check-in location
  • 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
  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • Sales and money-handling experience a plus
  • Outgoing and excited to talk to people your whole shift
  • Sitting and standing positions available

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
  • You will receive an email with instructions before the event, and then a full training with your site coordinator at the event

 

Questions? Email us at Volunteer@PGSCA.com

Fiesta Event Support

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Early Bird: 7:00 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

 

Questions? Email us at Volunteer@PGSCA.com

Children's 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 – 10:00 PM

 

Goal: Work inside the Fiesta Children’s Area, sharing cultural arts and crafts with children and families.

Responsibilities
  • Face Painting: Use easy instructions to paint the faces of dozens of kids
  • 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
  • Face Painting – no art skills required; only confidence to try (it gets easy after 2nd one)

Details
  • Most shifts are 3.5 hours, except Shift 4, which helps us clean up and get ready for the next day
  • Donations will be requested for face painting, to go to PGSCA charitable programs
  • 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

 

Questions? Email us at Volunteer@PGSCA.com

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

 

Questions? Email us at Volunteer@PGSCA.com

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

 

Questions? Email us at Volunteer@PGSCA.com

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

 

Questions? Email us at Volunteer@PGSCA.com

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