"151's" - The Volunteer Program of Crossmen

As Crossmen get ready to kick off the 2016 season, we are thankful for the countless number of volunteers that have helped make this organization a special place to be! “Together, we can make a difference” has been a familiar phrase in the world of volunteering, and the Crossmen organization is no exception. Each year, we rely on volunteers to help Crossmen function at the highest level. Quite simply, we cannot do it without you! Whether it is one month or one day, volunteers are the backbone of non-profit organizations worldwide – will YOU volunteer at Crossmen? Your time, skills, and resources allow corps members to have the experience of a lifetime, and in turn you build great new friendships with each other, the staff, members and alumni of the corps.

Who do I contact for more information?
Chelsea Stemet serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Crossmen. If you are interested or have any questions please send your inquiries or contact information to chelsea.stemet@crossmen.org
What can volunteers do at camps or during tour?
Camp weekends are full of rewarding work that serves the staff and young performers who attend. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents in the following areas, please fill out the form below. 

Food Services
Crossmen Food Services prepare six total meals for approximately 200 people at our rehearsal camps. We would love to have you come and stay with us at the school for the weekend, or just stop by for a meal shift. There is no need to be a skilled cook to work on the food truck. The Crossmen Food Services Manager and our experienced volunteers are glad to quickly show you how to get involved with putting great food out on the tables for the campers and staff.

Airport/Bus Station Shuttles
Many staff members and campers travel through local airports and bus stations on Friday and Sunday of a camp weekend. We always provide local transportation for the Crossmen family, and we would love to have your help with this service.

At camps beginning in January, we spend time fitting members for uniforms, maintaining our inventory, and altering uniforms. Most of the work does not even require sewing skills.

Merchandise Sales
Crossmen merchandise and souvenirs are made available during camp registration on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Volunteers are needed to unpack, display, and sell merchandise during these times. For the Experience/Audition Camps, this work lasts from about 5:00pm - 9:00pm on Friday and 12:00pm - 2:00 PM on Sunday.

Registration Assistance
We utilize several adults to help with setting up registration and organizing member paperwork on Friday night of camp, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. 

Equipment Projects / Repairs / Craftsmen
Crossmen almost always have room for improvement in our trailers and equipment. If you are skilled at working with wood, metal (welding), or electricity, we would love to have you come and help the corps with repairs or improvements. For specific questions about equipment repairs and maintenance, contact Fred Morrison at fred.morrison@crossmen.org.

What is the significance behind the number "151"?
In 2013, we kicked off an aggressive volunteering campaign that recognizes the hard work and importance of volunteerism in drum corps and Crossmen. Volunteering for a drum corps is so much more than time and energy. It translates to an unparalleled experience for those 150 members that benefit from your service. You are that 151st member – YOU are a Crossmen “151”

Where can volunteers stay during the camp weekend?
We always designate a “Volunteer Sleeping Room,” usually a classroom, at every school where we stay. You are welcome to bring sleeping gear and air beds set up in this sleeping room for Friday night through Sunday morning of camp. Showers are also provided at the school, and meals are free from the Crossmen food truck.This arrangement is the most fun for the volunteers - it gives them a taste of the drum corps lifestyle, as well as a way to get to know the staff, members, and what the corps is accomplishing in rehearsal.

Volunteers sometimes stay locally with family, friends, or at a hotel during an audition or rehearsal camp. If you live nearby or will be staying off-site, you can still help for the weekend. Just let us know when you are available, and we are glad to set you up with a few specific hours of work where we know we can use your help!

How do I sign up?
On behalf of the entire organization THANK YOU for being a part of the Crossmen Volunteer/”151” Program! For more information, or to sign up today, please fill out the form below..  As always, feel free to contact us directly with any questions at chelsea.stemet@crossmen.org We look forward to sharing in this enriching experience with you and hope to see you at a Crossmen rehearsal or event soon!

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