Thank you so much for being interested in volunteering for the parade!
 
 
The Maple Hill Holiday Parade is one of the biggest volunteer events. Think about it, the parade entries are made up of organizations and employees who donate their time to be in the parade.  And then there is you - a volunteer to help coordinate the parade.

Our parade volunteers help create magic - you can see it on the faces of the nearly 20,000 spectators. Volunteers might actually be the stars. With a variety of different jobs, skill sets, and adventure, each of volunteers play an important role in creating that magic.

Please use this form to sign up for a variety of jobs.  You will see below the various job descriptions.  If you want to sign up to volunteer as a group of more than two people, we encourage you to look at volunteering to carry a helium or cold air balloon. Complete job descriptions are provided with the confirmation email, and on November 18 on-the-job training is provided. Just remember, the parade goes rain or shine, and all jobs are outdoors (so dress appropriately).

Date: November 18, 2023
Location: Bronson Healthcare Parking Lot – Portage and Lovell Street
Time: Varies depending on responsibility
Opportunities: Please check which job you would prefer

Parade Line-up: A total of 35 volunteers needed. This job is responsible for greeting the parade unit coordinators (and attendees) and lining them up in their section. Volunteers are needed for sections are A-I, Walnut and Lovell gates, band parking, and the information tent. Once your line goes through the gate, your job is basically done. Volunteer Shift – 9 a.m. to noon.
 
Collectors for Loaves and Fishes:  About 10-15 volunteers are needed to help push shopping carts along the parade route to collect donated food items and cash for feeding the people of Kalamazoo and beyond. It's super easy. Volunteer Shift - 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Santa's Elves: 
Approximately 6-8 volunteers needed. Help spread the Joy of Christmas to the City of Kalamazoo! Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as an elf by walking the parade route alongside Santa's carriage. Elf costumes will be provided, but feel free to add some extra Christmas Spirit to you costume if you would like. Volunteer Shift - 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

After Parade Day Volunteers: These 15 volunteers will help after the parade with hands-on activities, helping kids visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and hands-on crafts.  Volunteer shift - Noon to 5 p.m.

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* 1. Contact Information:

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* 2. Please check your volunteer job preference (description of jobs above):

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* 3. Please check your volunteer job preference (description of jobs above):

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* 4. Please check your volunteer job preference (description of jobs above):

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* 5. If you are signing up as a group to volunteer, please list below the name of the group, a contact, and a contact email so that we get the individual names and contact information for your volunteers for parade day.

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* 6. We aren't sure what the volunteer gift might be. So, please list your T-shirt Size, just in case it is a T-shirt.  Please note that every effort will be made to provide your t-shirt size, but the t-shirts are on a first come basis. If you are signing up as a group, please include the total number of shirts needed.

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* 7. Please list any special concerns, timelines or problems with shifts, or your ability to perform the tasks.

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