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Countryside Farmers' Markets
Depending on the market location, most volunteer opportunities run from 9am until noon at Howe Meadow and Old Trail School, and from 4-7pm in Akron. Deviations are noted.
Market Set Up 6:30 am – 9:00 am (Howe & Old Trail School) or 2-4pm (Akron). Unload market van and assist in setting up
tents, tables, merchandise, etc. Assist vendors in unloading products and setting up their spaces. Some lifting required.
Market Tear Down 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Howe &OTS) 7-8pm (Akron). Assist in tearing down tents and display areas, taking
out trash, collecting parking signs, loading market van, etc. Assist vendors in returning product to their vehicles. Some lifting required.
Parking Management 8:45 am – 12:00 pm (Howe Meadow only). Partial shifts are also available. Work with other volunteers and
a police officer at the street to direct traffic during market hours. Safety vest and flags will be provided by Countryside.
Zero Waste/Compost Table 8:45 am - 12:00 pm (Howe Meadow only). Educate customers on composting at the market, sort market
trash and compost, share information about local composting resources, and demonstrate the impact composting has on our community and environment.
Information Table Greet customers and provide information as needed. Must become familiar with Countryside’s programs, general
Market Counters Use a manual clicker to count customers as they enter the market.
Market Photographer Take photographs of the market for the use of Countryside. Photo credit may be given, if desired. Photos
should be in .jpg format and uploaded to Countryside via an agreed upon medium (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) Photographers should use their
own equipment, and Countryside is not liable for any damage that may occur while volunteering.
Market Special Events 8:30-12:30 (Howe & OTS) or 2-7:30pm (Akron) or portion thereof. Various tasks as required by event,
including slicing tomatoes, providing customer information on where to purchase items, assisting with setting up and tearing down of special
event spaces, helping children with games, and more.
Countryside Office- currently our office volunteer positions are full
Clerical Tasks Flexible hours; Data entry, merchandise inventory, resource library organization, others as needed.
Guerilla Marketing Flexible hours. Distribute informational flyers to various spots in the community. Must be willing to drive.
Donor Prospect Research Flexible hours. Compile and summarize information on prospective donors for Development Director.
Includes foundations, corporations, and individuals.
Fundraising Campaign Support Intermittent opportunity. Assist with envelope stuffing and labeling for mailing donation campaign
letters. Excellent for groups.
Event Tabling Intermittent opportunities. Greet event goers and provide information as needed. Must become familiar with Countryside’s
programs, general park information.
Speaker’s Bureau Intermittent opportunities. Present to area organizations on who we are and what we do. Must be trained on
our presentations and be able to answer questions about the organization and know who to refer people to if you are unable.
Fundraising Events Intermittent opportunities. Assist with day-of activities related to fundraising, whether it is pancake
breakfasts, hog roasts, friend-raising house parties or other.
Countryside Food Swap Assistant Flexible Hours. Plan logistics and coordinate locations of monthly Food Swap gatherings.
Assistance may include promotion of events, gathering of supplies/materials, check-in/welcome at events, and reporting.Monthly gatherings
held 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm.
Farm Tours Intermittent opportunities. Lead groups on tours of Countryside Initiative farms. Familiarity with sustainable
agriculture practices helpful, but not required. Must be able to answer basic questions about Countryside, and know who to refer people
to if you are unable.
Our volunteer program is managed in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. If you would like to
volunteer with Countryside, you can join the VIP program by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
The VIP program uses Volgistics for scheduling volunteers and tracking hours.
Using the Volgistics system is important for several reasons:
Reporting accurate hours to the National Park Service will help maintain and secure the most funding, grants, and other resources for CVNP
and the VIP Program
Signing in to volunteer makes you eligible for federal workers’ compensation and other protection
Tracking your hours allows us to recognize you for your hard work
If you’ve already completed training for using your personal profile on Volgistics, you can access your login page by clicking here.
If you have not yet completed training, below are resources to get you started.