We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

Chandler Center for the Arts thrives on volunteer labor! A task force of 80 volunteers assists paid staff, contributing 600 hours monthly, to facilitate Chandler productions and exhibits and to keep the hall in good condition, despite the challenge of limited financial resources. This volunteer spirit is one thing that distinguishes our community-based organization from many other arts presenters and performance spaces.

The opportunities for volunteering are many and we’d love to have you join us! If you’d like to volunteer, please see our volunteer sign up form or email our volunteer coordinator Marda Donner.

Volunteers Were Important “Then” & They’re Important Now!

Check out this 1960’s Oxydol Commercial Featuring Chandler Volunteers

Many committees are responsible for a wide range of activities at Chandler:

Building Committee: Members are responsible for the upkeep of the building, each according to their interests and expertise—heating, lighting, kitchen upkeep, storage challenges, costume collection, general maintenance and repair.

Production Committee: Members attend to the many details of presenting performances: hospitality, programs, and night of show help (merchandise and concessions sales).

Publicity: Publicity volunteers distribute posters throughout the Central Vermont region, and submit programming information to calendars and social media in Vermont. We welcome help with special publicity efforts for major productions.

Gallery Committee: Members help plan exhibits in the Gallery, assist with opening receptions, and help hang shows.

Tech Crew: Our tech crew is largely run by volunteers, many of them theater students from area high schools. The responsibility given these workers is substantial, but so is the pride these people feel after a performance! The experience gained from working in this capacity has served many young people well. Several have majored in theatre in college and have had many opportunities open to them because of their past experience and expertise. Learn more about our student technical theater program.

Other Opportunities

Chandler Film Society Key Grips – Help with planning and logistics for this curated monthly series with Rick Winton featuring opening hospitality, a pre-film lecture and discussion following the film.

House Managers – Volunteers help manage the front of house during Chandler and rental events.

Pride Advisory Committee – Members assist with planning and play selection and logistics for Pride activities at Chandler.

Box Office Volunteers – Assist with ticket sales before main stage and upper gallery performances

Bakers – Sweet and savory refreshments are needed occasionally for special events and receptions.

New World Festival – Volunteer at an annual celebration of Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Many jobs for all ages and abilities are available!

Volunteer to be a Gallery Sitter – Your time spent in the Gallery will earn a voucher toward the cost of admission to an upcoming performances sponsored by Chandler Center for the Arts.

Volunteer as an usher at Chandler performances.

Help with bulk mailings.

Help organize our scene-building and storage space.

Help with maintenance projects – There are many ongoing maintenance projects, such as painting the stage, that require just a few hours of time.

Fundraising – If interested in fundraising, please contact Sharon Rives.

It’s Easy to Get Involved!

If interested in becoming a Chandler volunteer, please fill out our volunteer sign up form, email our volunteer coordinator Marda Donner.

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