Start Off 2015 A Poetry Project Volunteer Hero!

Art by Jim Behrle: Dedicated Poetry Project Volunteer


The time has come once again to heed the call and volunteer for our 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 2pm.  This year is going to be super fun, and super big, and we’re going to need a large volunteer crew (around 100) to help us pull it off.  A volunteer shift is generally two hours, and everyone who volunteers enjoys free admission to the Marathon!  If that sounds like something you might be interested in, here are the positions that are available for the filling!

  • Set-up: Get here before it all begins (at 12:00pm) and help us put out chairs, run last minute errands and food pick-ups, and set up tables, books and food-things in the Parish Hall.
  • Door: With the help of at least two others, collect and tally admission, stamp hands and keep our Newsletter and Programs well stocked and circulating to Marathon-goers (limited # of spaces available).
  • Reader check-in: With one other person, check-in readers and make sure their bios are correct and hand off check-in cards to the MC’s before the top of each hour.
  • Food/Drink Table: Under the direction of specially appointed New Year’s Day Marathon Kitchen Masters, you will serve food, collect monies, replenish food and kitchen supplies as necessary, and help keep the operation tidy and running smoothly.
  • Book Table: With one or two others, sell donated books to Marathon-goers throughout the day and help keep the table organized in the midst of all the perusers.
  • Membership and Raffle Table: With one other person, help people sign up for Poetry Project Memberships, and distribute raffle tickets
  • Clean-up: After the last reader reads, we need help stacking chairs, packing up gear and cleaning up the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. We need A LOT of help with clean-up, so the more the merrier!

Or perhaps you or someone you know would be interested in donating food from your restaurant, cafe, bakery or publications put out by your small press.  We are honored by the donations we receive, and thank our all of our New Year’s Day donors with grateful public acknowledgement.

Whether this will be your 1st or 41st Marathon, your participation, from helping to check-in readers to serving delicious donated treats, from set-up to clean-up, is not just what makes the Marathon possible, it’s what makes it such a dynamic, meaningful tradition.

If you are interested, or if you would like more information, email Laura Henriksen at!