Volunteer

Your help is vital to the success of Batavia MainStreet. In 2023, more than 150 volunteers contributed nearly 1,200 hours of time to Batavia MainStreet projects!
Opportunities to volunteer include serving on one of our Committees (divided into MainStreet America’s 4-Point Approach to downtown revitalization), helping with day-of event tasks, or spreading the word about Batavia.
Current Volunteer Opportunities for Upcoming Events 

Event Specific Opportunities will be posted here approximately 6 weeks prior to each event. For more information, email info@downtownbatavia.com.

 

Batavia Farmers' Market - Saturdays June-October 2024

Volunteer at the Batavia Farmers' Market!  Spend a few hours on Saturday morning with us.  You'll ask market goers simple questions such as their zip code to help us collect data and assist the on-site market manager at the Batavia MainStreet booth.  Sign up HERE.


Cocktails in the Park - Saturday, July 27, 2024
Take part in our annual fundraising event, Cocktails in the Park! Dedicated to showcasing Batavia restaurants and raising funds for Batavia MainStreet, volunteers are needed to ensure this event runs smoothly for our community! Each volunteer will receive a ticket into the event.  Volunteer for Cocktails in the Park HERE.


Block Party & Taste of Batavia - Sunday, September 1, 2024
Help Batavia MainStreet throw their annual Block Party on Labor Day weekend. Filled with food tastings from our local restaurants, live music and performances you are in for a night of fun!  Volunteer for Block Party HERE.


BatFest- Saturday, October 26. 2024
BatFest is Batavia's annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 3,500 ghouls. BatFest includes downtown Trick-or-Treating, a costume parade, a pumpkin roll on Houston St, & costume contests for the kids and family pets at the Peg Bond Center. Many games, crafts and free family fun to be had in Batavia!

Committee Volunteer Opportunities
Batavia MainStreet prides itself on having an inclusive organizational culture and opportunities for diverse volunteer engagement. We embrace everyone's unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. If you aren't sure how you fit in, email info@downtownbatavia.com and we will find a volunteer opportunity for you! 
Point 1: Design
Point 2: Economic Vitality
Point 3: Organization
Point 4: Promotion
Creates A Sense of Place

Enhances the Downtown’s physical appearance while preserving it’s historic fabric and authentic character.

Public Art Exploratory CommitteeThis newly established Committee will be responsible for the research, design, and location scouting for potential public art projects in downtown Batavia.

Time Commitment: 2-4 in- person meetings, 10- 15 additional hours from home.
Creates A Sense of Energy and Liveliness

Strengthens the local economy by supporting the existing base, fostering entrepreneurship, development, strategic recruitment and use of space. 

Artisan Collective Committee
Batavia MainStreet’ s Artisan Collective provides pop-up opportunities the third Saturday of the month at our Farmers’ Market May- October. The Artisan Collective Committee helps set guidelines for participating vendors, jury applications, assist with promotion, and manage on- site during Collective hours.

Time Commitment: 2 planning/jury meetings per year (all members) Depending on Committee Role: 2-4 hours/month administrative and design work from home, 6 on-site hours monthly May-October.

Batavia Boardwalk Shop Committee
Batavia MainStreet’ s Boardwalk Shops are designed to attract small businesses, create more retail shopping, and bring people into downtown Batavia. The first three seasons were a great success with 15 businesses signing leases in brick-and-mortar spaces. The Boardwalk Shop Committee helps set tenant guidelines, jury applications, assist with promotion, schedule speakers for monthly meetings, and assist with maintenance.

Time Commitment: 6-10 planning/jury meetings, 1-2 hours/month site visits May- December.

WinterFest Art Market Committee
Winterfest Art Market is a holiday market in collaboration with Water Street Studios. Artisans and Artists are featured throughout the Dempsey Gallery and Dock. The Winterfest Art Market Committee help in the planning, promotion, and décor as well as managing on-site during Market hours.

Time Commitment: 2 planning/jury meetings per year (all members) Depending on Committee Role: 2-4 hours/month administrative and design work from home, 15 on-site hours.
Brings the Community Together to Build Consensus and a Common Vision. Develops Partnerships that add Resources and Lead Revitalization. 

Positions Downtown as a center of activity, markets its unique assets and promotes its positive image. 

Cocktails In The Park Committee
An annual event dedicated to showcasing Batavia restaurants while raising funds for Batavia MainStreet, Cocktails in the Park is one of our favorite nights of the year. Committee members assist with planning, restaurant/beverage participation, promotion, and décor.

Time Commitment: 3-8 planning meetings, 5-10 additional hours from home.
Creates a Sense of Activity

Positions Downtown as a center of activity, markets its unique assets and promotes its positive image. 

Block Party & Taste of Batavia Committee
An annual community event including: live music, a Car Cruise Night, Pie Bake Off, and a free kids area. Committee members assist with planning, entertainment, restaurant/beverage and promotion.

Time Commitment: 3-5 planning meetings, 2-5 additional hours.

Dinner Table Committee
An annual event focusing on locally sourced and prepared food in a shared table environment. Proceeds from this event help to raise money for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. Committee members assist with planning, restaurant/beverage participation, promotion, and decor.

Time Commitment: 3-8 planning meetings, 5-10 additional hours from home.

BatFest Committee
An annual community event including: downtown Trick-or-Treating, music and dance performances, costume contests, and activities. Committee members assist with planning, entertainment, partnerships, and promotion.

Time Commitment: 3-5 planning meetings, 2-5 additional hours from home.

Egg Hop Committee
An annual free community event including: music, games, activities, and downtown egg hop to local businesses. Committee members assist with planning, entertainment, partnerships, and promotion.

Time Commitment: 3-5 planning meetings, 2-5 additional hours from home.

Farmers’ Market Committee
Batavia MainStreet’s Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday mornings from 8am-12pm on North River Street May- October. The Batavia Farmers’ Market Committee helps set guidelines for participating vendors, jury applications, and assist with promotion.

Time Commitment: 2 planning/jury meetings per year, occasional feedback to be shared via email.
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