Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has diverse volunteer opportunities that can accommodate your interests and amount of free time - whether you enjoy volunteering at special events or would like a more active role. Fill out the volunteer interest form so we can match your skills and interests with our organization.
Here are four ways to get involved downtown:
1) Join our event volunteer list to lend a hand at upcoming events
2) Join our street team to help spread the word and promotional materials
3) Join one of our awesome committees (details below)
4) Apply to become a Board member (see information below & link to application)
Interested? Please sign up to be added to our Event Volunteer List. We'll reach out periodically with opportunities to lend a hand for downtown events. Special event volunteers usually work on the day of an event for a block of set hours. Tasks may include set-up, assistance at the information booth, pouring beverages, running an activity, and event clean-up/break-down. Some folks also volunteer a few hours in advance of the event to help with planning. View HDR's annual events, and sign up! Estimated time involved: 4-8 hours
Help get the word out about what's happening downtown through active, hands-on marketing. Distribute promotional materials, develop relationships with downtown businesses, and share your love of downtown with the community. Estimated time involved: 1-2 hours per week, from once a month to every week.
The Design Committee promotes the physical appearance of downtown by supporting the reuse of historic buildings, encouraging new construction compatible with the existing built environment, and beautifying the streetscape. Past projects included downtown clean up days, holiday decorations, providing design guidance and advice, facilitating free architectural services, and beautifying the planters in Court Square. Estimated time involved: 1 hour per month with additional hours as necessary.
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee works to grow local economic opportunities and create a supportive environment for small businesses through assistance programs, grants, customer and market research, and business recruitment. Estimated time involved: 1 hour per month with additional hours as necessary.
The Organization Committee members help plan Renaissance Night, our annual fundraiser held in May; organizes Celebration & Reception in February; and considers new methods of fund raising, helps recruit and reward volunteers, and develops ways to keep the public informed about what's happening downtown. Estimated time involved: 1 hour per month from June-February and 2 hours per month from March-May.
Be part of a committee that promotes downtown to potential customers, investors, new businesses, community members, and visitors through effective marketing strategies and special events. Estimated time involved: 1 hour per month, with additional hours as necessary.
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Join Our Board of Directors
HDR is currently seeking to fill 3-5 board seats for a three-year term that starts in January 2018. Many hands lighten the load. We have big initiatives coming up related to redeveloping downtown property, building on current business mix and attractions that support local residents, urban planning, public art and beautification, telling our organizational story, our 15-year anniversary, and expanded small business assistance. Next year we will identify and create task forces and special assignments so we can begin planning for the implementation of our new five-year strategic plan. It’s an exciting time to get involved and we need passionate people who want to roll up their sleeves and make a significant impact. Reliable and dependable people are encouraged to submit their interest to serve on the board – even if you have never served on a board before!
We are seeking applications from a broad range of individuals to represent a variety of skills and cultural backgrounds. We need both big-picture and detail-oriented thinkers. We are prioritizing board candidate selection based on key areas listed below but are not limiting our search to only these areas of expertise:
- property development,
- economic/business development,
- urban planning,
- project/development financing,
- creating public art programs,
- Fund raising,
- organizational “storytelling” so the community is better aware of what we do.
We have an awesome board and hold productive and fun board meetings (which have been meeting on the second Wednesday of each month from 3:30 – 5 p.m.). We are mindful of not burning out our volunteers – but there is a lot we want to achieve and it can’t all be accomplished in a monthly board meetings.