The North York Really Really Free Market is a completely volunteer-run organization. None of us receive any money for this work, which is why volunteers are so important. There are two main types of volunteers, both of which are equally important: market day volunteers and organizing volunteers.
Market day volunteers are there to ensure the market runs smoothly by answering questions, receiving items and checking that they’re clean and in working condition, and setting up before the market opens and taking down the market after it ends. There are two shifts for the market: 9 am to 12 pm and 12 pm to 3 pm. From 9 to 10 am is the setting up of the market and from 2 to 3 pm is when the market is taken down. The setup and takedown could include carrying chairs and tables, arranging items for display, setting up and taking down signs, and doing some light cleaning. We do not have any storage facilities so any leftover items will need to be transported to donation sites. All volunteers are free to take items and this can be advantageous since market day volunteers will be present at the market longer and will see items as they come in.
Organizing volunteers work on behind-the-scenes activities such as managing this blog, the Facebook page, or Twitter account, answering emails, preparing graphics, putting up posters and distributing flyers, and reaching out to media outlets and other organizations. Volunteers can choose to be both market day and organizing volunteers.
If you’d like to volunteer for any of these roles, please send an email to email@example.com