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Position:
2711 - Farmers' Market Volunteer Team Member (various roles)
Organization:
Position Address:
1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Location:
Mississauga

Goal

Creative Hub 1352 is looking for volunteers to join our Lakeview Farmers' Market planning team, which develops, plans, prepares, and delivers this exciting project, now in its third season. The planning team is always busy organizing for the Farmers' Market which runs from early June until late November 2022 at the Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB), located at 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga (see map'below). The goal of the Market is to enrich lives by providing access to locally grown and sourced healthy food, organic and artisanal products and provide an income opportunity for local farmers, producers and artisans. A collateral benefit is that the public attending the Market will have the opportunity to learn about our growing cultural presence in the local community. DON'T DELAY! APPLY NOW!


Description

Volunteers will be invited to work with the seasonal Market Manager and other Committee members with various organizational, administrative, and promotional tasks as well as being present at the weekly markets, as necessitated by the role(s) undertaken.  We are seeking individuals with a wide range of skills in various areas such as marketing, business, financial, organizational, event planning, education, and agricultural/farming knowledge to help with a broad spectrum of committee activities.   On Market days (see 'Time Commitment', below), we need volunteers to assist the Market Manager in overseeing set-up and tear-down, putting up temporary signage around the building, being available to assist vendors and customers, trouble shooting (should any issues arise), and tracking vendor and customer attendance.


Benefits

Volunteers contemplating a career in event planning, logistics, or the food (fresh produce) industry will benefit by joining our planning team

  • Excellent 'customer service' opportunity, as well, with the further benefit that you'll be promoting good nutrition in your local community
  • Be a valuable team member with CH1352 and its Farmers' Market!
  • 'Network' with staff, volunteers, and the public (expand your 'connectivity' in the Mississauga community)
  • Definitely a worthwhile learning experience, and you will bring your talent and skills to the Market! 

Qualifications

  • Volunteer experience with a farmers' market, community organization, and/or not-for-profit is an asset but not necessary
  • Knowledge of/willingness to learn various rules and regulations affecting farmers' markets and sales of food
  • Co-operative nature and ability to work with other committee members, the Market vendors and the public (our customers)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Skills and experience in one or more areas is welcome: - event planning - organizational (small business) - financial - education - agriculture/farming (esp. delivery to market/food handling & safety on site)
  • Computer skills (Excel, WORD, social media) are helpful in the areas of Market promotion, vendor tracking/billing, etc.
  • Connections with the local community and/or vendors will assist this initiative greatly
  • Logistical experience, namely ability to set up tables, tents and signage, plus tear down/site restoration.

Min Age: 21   
Police Check: Not required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required


Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment starting 2022-09-01 AND ending 2023-03-01
Shifts are available Anytime

FLEXIBLE: Market planning/prep independently and as a participant in team meetings, usually held on Tuesday evenings on Zoom.  CH1352 requires adherence to deadlines for tasks/assignments and planning stages. THE Farmers' Market is weekly on Sundays from 7AM to 3PM, during the Market season (from late May to end of November).  Cooperating with other Committee members to ensure adequate attendance each week - a regular but FLEXIBLE schedule.  All volunteers are encouraged to be part of the actual event, both contributing and as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of various roles in this program.


Training

Orientation to the SAS and the goals of the Farmers' Market will be provided. Team members will be trained in respect of various rules and regulations affecting farmers' markets and sales of food. Depending on your background and expertise, you may be invited to train co-volunteers in a particular aspect of the program.


More Details
Areas of Interest: Environment, Education & Learning, Office Administration, Customer Service, Seasonal/Special Event, Boards & Committees, Event Planning, Food Services, Social Media, Marketing/Promotion, Program Coordination
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Wheelchair Accessible Parking
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers, Older Adults



How to Contact
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https://www.creativehub1352.ca/
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