Volunteer opportunities at the Ordway
From ushering to events, volunteers help make the Ordway's programs possible! Volunteers also receive benefits for every hour they work.
Whether you prefer to be in the center of the action or to work behind the scenes, there's a volunteer opportunity for you. Find your perfect fit below.
Proceeds from the event support Ordway programming, including arts education activities that touch 59,000 young lives each year. And contributions also support the ongoing work of the Arts Partnership to maintain the Ordway venue and reach new audiences.
In order to ensure this event is a huge success, we will need several volunteers throughout the evening to help with everything from set up to running games.
Made possible by a 20-year partnership between the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Flint Hills Resources, the Flint Hills Family Festival is celebrated each year with a week of school performances and a weekend of free and low-cost performances and art activities for families. The Festival has successfully served over one million people in our community since its inception in 2001.
The 2020 virtual Festival can be accessed on http://flinthillsfestival.ordway.org.
Work alongside our Marketing staff at events like Rondo Days, Selby Jazz Festival, and the Twin Cities Pride Festival to promote the Ordway, answer questions about the organization and its events and programming, and help us connect with the community.
This volunteer opportunity can also include marketing material distribution.
Throughout the year, the Ordway Education department has different programmatic events ranging from annual events, to greeting school buses at student matinees and master classes. Different Education events are offered each year, depending on the season the programs and the various community engagement opportunities.
Ushering is our most popular volunteer opportunity! Ushers welcome guests to performances and assist audience members with questions and directions.
If you are interested in volunteer ushering, it is required that you are available for one shift a month.
The Ordway has ongoing administrative opportunities for individuals that are interested. Opportunities include photo archiving, collating and stuffing of letters and season tickets, data entry, helping with registration at auditions, and more.
For every 30 hours that a volunteer accumulates, they are eligible to receive two free tickets to an Ordway performance.
Ticket availability is subject to contractual agreement for tour productions; not all shows are eligible to be redeemed for volunteer hours.
The number of volunteer hours contributed impacts the Ordway’s ability to fulfill mission and vision. All volunteer hours are equally tracked and acknowledged to ensure all volunteer contributions are recognized. If a volunteer does not participate in a volunteer activity for 18 months, their volunteer balance is returned to zero.
The Ordway will reimburse volunteers for parking and/or public transit expenses incurred as part of the volunteer activity. At large-scale events, volunteers may receive a parking voucher for parking instead of a reimbursement.
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What are the qualifications to become a volunteer?
All Ordway volunteers must complete a background check to volunteer. Some activities also require training, which individuals must attend before they can serve as a volunteer for those activities.
How frequently are volunteer notifications sent out?
It depends on the time of year. Sometimes we have multiple activities going on at once, but we like to send out only one email a week with a summary of all the available opportunities.
What is the commitment required to volunteer?
There is no specific hour commitment required, but if you do not volunteer for 18 months, your volunteer balance will be returned to zero.
What if I have a skill that I would like to offer the Ordway on a volunteer basis that is not listed above?
Please let us know if you have a professional skill (Accounting, Legal, HR, etc.) that you would like to volunteer on a pro bono basis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I volunteer to build sets, make costumes, or help with other technical theater aspect?
We have no volunteer opportunities in technical theater. We sometimes have internships in Production Management and Stage Management when we are producing performances, so please check out Careers & Auditions for current openings.
I am a high school or college student and need volunteer hours for credit. Can I volunteer with the Ordway?
Yes, we will fill out any paperwork you need to recognize your completed hours. Please let us know if you have a specific project you need to complete for a class, and we can see if we have any opportunities that would match your project requirements.
What is the youngest age you will accept volunteers?
We will accept volunteers as young as 13. Any children under the age of 13 need to be directly supervised by a parent. Any individuals under the age of 18 do not need to complete a background check.