Volunteer

Become a Caroga Arts Volunteer

Are you looking for a way to get involved with Caroga Arts or to become involved in our community? Caroga Arts volunteers make a true difference in our community and to the artists we bring to Caroga every year. Along with our staff and artists, our volunteers become part of the Caroga Arts family. They are valued members of our team.

Caroga Arts offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit all interests, experience levels, and time constraints. To join our dynamic team of volunteers, please review our volunteer descriptions and complete the Volunteer Sign Up form below. A representative will be in touch with you.

Volunteer Descriptions

Facilities & Grounds Assistance

  • Grounds Care:
    • Grounds clean up and upkeep at Sherman’s and MyHil
    • Gardening and landscaping
    • Leaf and snow removal
  • Facilities Improvements:
    • Routine cleaning of facilities at Sherman’s and MyHil
    • Upkeep and organization
    • Painting exterior and interior of facilities
    • Assist with maintenance and repair projects
    • Assist with building projects

Artist Assistance

Caroga Arts relies on the generous help of the community to offer housing, meals and transportation for the 150+ world-class artists we bring to Caroga every year. This unique opportunity to give to Caroga Arts creates an extraordinary bond among our artists and communities. 

  • Housing Artists: If you have a home within 15 minutes of Caroga Lake, your home may be perfect! 
    • Providing housing as you are able from 1-5 weeks during the music festival for our CLMF Resident Artists. CLMF Resident Artists typically travel on Mondays and rotate weekly throughout the festival.
    • Providing housing for 1-2 nights for visiting faculty and guest artists
    • Providing housing for 1 week for Resident Artists throughout the year
  • Meal Donors: We are grateful for any meals or food stock/supplies donated to the festival for our CLMF Resident Artists! Our team of volunteers bring prepared meals to the Arts Hub and are invited to enjoy conversations at the dining table with our artists.
    • Providing and bringing lunch or dinner for 20-30 artists to Sherman’s
    • Collaborating in teams to provide large meals (potluck style)
    • Hosting dinner for 20-30 artists at your home (on select days)
  • Artist Transportation: Our artists travel from 25+ states and sometimes overseas. On busy travel days, our volunteers are essential in helping us bring artists to Caroga Lake. 
    • Picking up/dropping off artists at Albany Airport or Amsterdam Station.

Events Assistance

Be part of the team that makes it happen! There’s a lot that goes into planning and executing an event for our community and our volunteers are a crucial part of the team. 

  • Merchandise Sellers: Caroga Arts merchandise is always in demand at our events! All proceeds from merchandise sales help us present events for our community.
    • Helping load/unload merchandise
    • Setting up/breaking down merchandise tent and table
    • Selling merchandise throughout event
    • Assisting in selling raffle tickets
  • Parking Attendants/Crowd Control: Our popular events especially at Sherman’s can bring in as many as 2,000 people! Our volunteers help us ensures everyone is safe.
    • Directing motorists to parking areas to ensure that space usage is maximized
    • Directing foot traffic to ensure safety
    • Assisting accessible parking
  • Front of House: 
    • Welcoming guests and providing excellent customer service
    • Checking tickets and guest lists at door
    • Assist in selling tickets at door
    • Handing out programs and answering general questions
  • Event Production: 
    • Helping load/unload for events
    • Setting up/breaking down for events
    • Assisting with event logistics and arrangements

Administration Assistance

Behind the scenes, we are working around the clock to prepare and plan for our events – and volunteers are vital in our operation!

  • Special Events:
    • Setting up/tearing down for Special Events (Gala, Golf Outing, etc.)
    • Assisting with event logistics and arrangements
    • Helping with onsite operations at the Golf Outing 
  • Recruiting:
    • Talking about the mission of Caroga Arts
    • Helping recruit individual and corporate sponsors and business partners/advertisers.
    • Keeping track of progress and status
  • Mailings & Flyer Distribution:
    • Picking up materials from printer
    • Labeling, stamping and stuffing envelopes for our mailing list
    • Preparing and mailing direct mail
    • Posting and distributing event flyers locally