I do want to volunteer to help out the city on the playa. Would it be best to apply for something now, or just figure it out once we get out there? What have been your experiences?
capjbadger wrote:Come help out Lamplighters. We take anyone each afternoon. Just show up. Light the city!
lemur wrote:capjbadger wrote:Come help out Lamplighters. We take anyone each afternoon. Just show up. Light the city!
Lamplighters start doing work around 5pm.. yes, a clock will help to get there.
a little before 5pm people start working on the lanterns for the nights lantern hanging.... many hands helps this move quickly and the people around you can teach you what to do.. you can come and go at any time when helping at the tables.
if you want to commit to quite a bit more work show up around 5pm, get in line, near the white board sign up area, and if you got there early enough to have a spot youll be doing about 2-3 hours of work helping with the lanterns, being robed and walking around lighting the city.. when youre done it will probably be dark, youll be a bit tired but youll have done something cool...... it feels nice to look back at all the lanterns you just were a part of hanging.. and youll get a spiffy cool charm on a necklace to wear..... then you enjoy a drink in the lamplighter lounge.
geekster wrote:One thing that a newbie can do if they can stay on after the event is to help dig out the water pipes for the fire hydrants. The playa must be restored to its original condition so the laying and the retrieval of the pipes that help to keep us safe in the city is a pretty important job.
If you would like to help, it's pretty easy. Just report to the main DPW area on Monday post-event and let them know you would like to help take up the water pipes. They will likely be very glad to see you and you could be quickly on your way to a new adventure.
geekster wrote:Yes, but as that is done pre-event, it requires early entry credentials. Anyone can help take up the pipes and restore the playa.
bluesbob wrote:Although I'm a virgin, I volunteered to be a Greeter. I had a good reason for doing so. But I haven't heard from them at all, so I guess I'll go do something else.
Savannah wrote:It sounds freaky & wrong, so you need to do it.
AlasPoorYorick wrote:I understand the philosophy of just attending your first year, and I have vowed to let it all happen and to not make any plans so that everything is part of the adventure, but for some of us, volunteering for a few hours one day CAN be part of the experience.
In all the various rock concerts and events I have attended in the past, I always felt most comfortable working behind the scenes for at least some of the time I am there. I was also raised on the philosophy that one should give when no one is looking.
So ... aside from lamplighting (which sounds very cool, by the way) and delivering mail, how else can first-timers with no training or experience make a contribution? If one is planning on leaving Monday, for example, could first-timers help with exodus? Where would one go to sign up or volunteer if we have a few hours some afternoon?
What are the most important qualities folks desire of their volunteers? (Besides "lots of water" and "good shoes," I would imagine ...)
oneeyeddick wrote:I agree with what they say, just go without plans on your first year.
If you feel the need to help, just walk down the street you are camping on and look for someone that is having a hard time making something come together, and stop and offer to help them work on it.
They will love you for it , and you will make friends this way also.
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