Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Volunteers - We need your help

Volunteers – We need you.  Join the fun.
We are looking for fun, energetic, and enthusiastic people to help with the rebuilding of Kids’ Joy Land.  We have all types of jobs for all types of people.  Here is a list of the main categories where we need people to help.  Tools, Materials, Food, Childcare, Construction Captains, Volunteers, Public Relations, Special Features (Art and Design), Children.  Each of these categories has their own planning guide to help you along.  You don't have to invent the wheel. We need help in every category.  We need help filling chair positions that will require behind the scenes work leading up to the Build Week.  These positions will require a few hours a week over the summer.  If you have a friend that you like to work with, become co-chairs and brainstorm together. You will have as much help from the Project Chairs (Joanne, Ed, and Josh) as you need.
Construction Captains are special.  You will be on site all day, several days during the build week.  You will be leading small groups of volunteers doing specific projects.  You don’t have to know a lot about construction, but you have to be a fun, motivating, people person and keep your group having fun and working.  
During build week, 9/22-9/27 we will need even more help.  We need help with organizing, painting, sanding, shoveling, drilling, and raking to start.  We need help with childcare, food service, in the art tent, etc. etc. etc.  You don’t have to know how to use tools.  It doesn't matter what you are good at, we can use you.  
We are running three shifts a day... 8:00-noon is AM, 12:30-5:00 is Mid, and 5:30-9:00 is PM.  You can work one, two, or all three shifts.  We’ll even feed you between shifts, with snacks in between meals.  
Workers during the Build Week are divided into two groups, skilled and unskilled.  Skilled workers know how to use a power circular saw.  Unskilled workers do not have that experience.  There is an age requirement.  Children under 10 are not allowed on the construction site.  Age 10-13 may work with their parent or guardian.  Teens age 14-17 may work independently, but may not use any saws.  18 is considered an adult.
Here is how the shifts break down.  
Monday 9/21 We need 20 skilled and 20 unskilled for the Mid shift only.  This is to help set up and organize the site for the week.
Tuesday 9/22-Friday 9/25 It begins.  We need 70 skilled and 70 unskilled for the AM and Mid shifts.  85 and 85 for the PM shift.  That is 440 bodies every day for the first four days.
Saturday 9/26 We need 100 skilled and 100 unskilled for both the AM and Mid  shifts.   75 and 75 for the PM shift.  That is 475 bodies.
Sunday 9/27 We work the first two shifts only.  We need 75 skilled and 75 unskilled, for a total of 300 people
All told, that is over 2,600 people working 17 shifts.  We need your help.
Does your church or Sunday School class have groups that do volunteer work?  Does your company have community work days?  You can sign up as a group and work the same shifts and use it as a team building event.  We can provide you with a signup form for your group.  We love groups.
We will need your name, phone number, age (if under 18) and email.
To sign up to help, or to ask questions, please contact us thru or kidsjoyland-out of the ashes on facebook, or contact Joanne Pinkerton, Volunteer Chairperson, at

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