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American Indian Center's Graduation dinner and Powwow, flexible shift time

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In Native Indian culture, the community celebrates the education milestones of their members with a feast and a pow wow. This includes young children graduating from Pre-K, Kindergarten, 8th grade, and older members graduating from high school, college, Ph.D, etc. Come join the American Indian Center as we help them celebrate in graduation dinner and pow wow this Thursday, June 19th.

Experience a beautiful culture’s art, music, food, and traditions. There will be drums, native music, dancing, regalias, and games for the children. All members of the community (native and non native) are welcome!

Individual volunteers or groups are needed to help make the event run smoothly, and will also get to participate and enjoy in the festivities.

Multiple volunteer shifts and tasks area available. You can come in early during the day to help clean and decorate their tribal hall and setup tables and chairs, or help cook and serve the food, or stick around to help with clean up after the event.

Location: American Indian Center
1630 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Date: Thursday, June 19th

Time: Multiple shifts available throughout the day, from 11 am to 9:30 pm.
Shift times can be flexible if you cannot be there for the entire duration of the listed times. We will do our best to match you with the tasks you like to do, but volunteer spots are limited and not all assignments will be available to you. Please be prepared to help with other tasks as needed. Your flexibility is much appreciated. Most of all, have fun and make new friends!

Volunteer Shifts and duties

General Cleaning of 1st floor 11 am – 3 pm: • Floors – (tribal hall, stairways, atrium, reception area, bathrooms) swept and mopped.
• Windows, showcases, mirrors wiped down
• Trash cans emptied
• Tables and chairs set up and wiped down w/clorox wipes

Tables/Food Tables set up
Noon – 3:30 pm:

• Set up tables and chairs for graduation dinner
• Setup sign-in table by door

3:00 to 5:00 pm
• Set up tribal hall for pow-wow, balloon and decorations
• Sterno pans set up and sternos lit
• Slicing desserts

Food Prep and Cooking
11 am – 5 pm: Food Prep and cooking (limited volunteer spots)

Food Serving
5:00 pm – 7 pm:

• Wash your hands and wear gloves, pull hair back if it’s long, bring a baseball cap or bandana to manage your hair
• Serve food buffet style
• Refill food pans as needed
• Keep service area clean
• Empty and clean off tables when done – put sterno racks away, clear trays
• Set out Ziploc bags for people to take leftovers home

Kitchen Cleanup
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm:

• Washing, putting away dishes, pots, pans
• Cleaning, sweeping, wiping down tables, stoves, refrigerator
• Sweep and mop kitchen

Cleaning Tribal Hall
9:00 pm to 9:30 pm
• Picking up trash on tables (We will have signs posted for community to please toss and recycle their trash when they are done)
• Picking up tables and chairs
• Sweep and mop tribal hall and the rest of 1st floor
• Take trash out to the alley, put clean bags into trash cans

Post what time you are available and what shifts you want to do. Thanks.

Event is near CTA brown line and bus lines, free street parking in the area.