Summer at Findlay Market = Lots of Volunteering Opportunities!
The Friends of Findlay Market is all about engaging and supporting the market. Whether it's joining in the Opening Day Parade, volunteering at one of our many events at the market, or serving as an Ambassador, there is something for everyone!
Are you interested in taking volunteering at the market to the next level? If so, consider being a part of a committee. To learn more or to join a committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share your love and knowledge of the market by being a trained Ambassador. These are the folks with the teal 'Ask Me' signs, yellow vests and huge welcoming smiles on their faces. The goal of the Ambassador Committee is to ensure that shoppers have the best experience possible. Ambassadors will be trained to give 30 minute tours, answer customers' questions and lend a hand at the Market Center. Shifts are every Saturday from 10am-12pm &12pm-2pm. We provide one on one or group training sessions for people who would like to be an Ambassador.
Education and Civic Committee
Ever wondered how Findlay Market fulfills its civic duties as a public market? Interested in organizing panel discussions about the role of public markets in building community across the country or putting together an exhibit about the history of the market? If you'd like to help develop and implement ideas such as these (or if you have your own suggestions) we'd love for you to join the team.
Events are a great way to introduce new people to the market and to bring life-long shoppers together to celebrate throughout the year. We've got dozens of events throughout the year, including a 2 day BBQ and Craft Beer Event, a Kids Market and our annual fundraiser, Eat Local for the Globe. These events aren't possible without volunteers, though. We are looking for people to be Event Leads (help plan and manage volunteers for an event of your choosing) and day-of volunteers.
There are so many opportunities to create, build and maintain relationships between Findlay Market and the community. Whether it is speaking to community councils, hosting an information booth at a local university or marching in a parade, we need people to help us by being a Findlay Market presence at happenings throughout the city. As an Outreach Committee member, you would help strategize and organize those opportunities and be a representative of Findlay Market.
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, the Friends offer a free public tour for the first 15 people who sign up at the Market Center. The tour begins at the Market Center at 10am and lasts about 45 minutes. These tours are great whether you are visiting for the first time or you're a long-time shopper. If you have questions or want to RSVP for a tour, call 513-744-8003.
Friends Matter is our quarterly electronic newsletter that provides information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and a behind-the-scenes look at our committees' work. Click here to subscribe.
The Friends recognize the benefits of wonderful fresh food, but also the vibrant culture of our historic city-center market that improves the life of Cincinnati. We work closely with the Corporation for Findlay Market, the Findlay Market Merchant Association, the City of Cincinnati, and shoppers to assure that the market and surrounding Over-the-Rhine Neighborhood are vibrant and growing.
The Friends organization consists of a working volunteer board and a membership of volunteers. Being a Friend is a great way to help the community, connect with those who have the same interests and share your hopes and ideas for the future of the market.
In addition to volunteering, here are some of the ways the Friends of Findlay Market have made big impacts at and around the market:
- Periodic public information forums on issues of importance to the market and its neighbors
- Thousands of daffodils, day lilies and many trees planted around the market in collaboration with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
- The butterfly garden near the South Parking Lot
- Rejuvenated and cleaned up parking lots, spearheaded by the Friends on Make a Difference Day
- The initiation of free wi-fi service - first 3 years funded by the Friends
- Festive additions of beads and trinkets @ Mardi Gras
- The Findlay Market float in the Opening Day Parade - we decorate it and ride in it to promote the market
2015 Friends of Findlay Market Board
Liz Gantzer, President
Marshall & Alice Stuart, Secretary/Treasurer
John Kornbluh, Outreach Lead
Madeline Martini, Ambassador Lead
Susan Grace, Education & Civic Lead
Chelsea Brown, Events Lead
Questions? You can call Kelly Lanser @ 513-744-8003 or email email@example.com.
Friends of Findlay Market - P.O. Box 14727 - Cincinnati, Ohio 45250 - firstname.lastname@example.org