Volunteers fill in gaps for local businesses, organizations

Thursday, November 22, 2018

SHERIDAN — Volunteers compose a decent amount of labor at various local businesses. Two of the most notable places that utilize volunteer work are the WYO Performing Arts and Education Center and The Hub on Smith.

WYO Performing Arts and Education Center Executive Director Erin Butler said the theater utilizes many volunteers during its season from September to May. They help load sets backstage, work concessions, take tickets, usher people to seats and do anything else to improve the flow of an event.

The application process is fairly minimal. It entails filling out a form with one’s contact information and interested work areas. Concession workers need a few hours of additional training through the Sheridan Police Department, since the volunteers sell wine and beer.

Butler said a core group of 15 to 20 volunteers often give their time, generally because they like supporting the arts and interacting with people who attemd shows.

“It’s fun to connect with the same people when they come in to see a show and the same volunteers,” Butler said. “It’s kind of a nice little family atmosphere.”

The volunteers span all ages — parents often volunteer with their kids — but are often retired individuals who have more time to help. 

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