Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us
Posted on 05/05/2021

Part of our mission at the Lenexa Public Market is to build and strengthen our community and our volunteers play a crucial role in that. This year, we’ve added new volunteer opportunities and have started a volunteer rewards program. That means you can volunteer in a fun environment and receive some perks (like free food from your favorite merchant).

Whether it’s to meet new people, enjoy live music or participate in special events, we’re sure there’s something that will fit your interests.

“Volunteering gets me out of my house, out of my little bubble and into the community,” said Heather Harrison, a longtime Lenexa Public Market volunteer. “As someone who works from home full-time, it is important for me to get out of the house for my physical and mental health. I volunteer for the Lenexa Public Market because I really want to see the restaurant incubator concept succeed. Hopefully my small contribution will continue to make the Lenexa Public Market a place where community members and visitors choose to go and hang out.”

Volunteer opportunities

Weekend lunch/dinner volunteers
We would love to have some assistance with cleaning tables, talking to customers and answering questions during our peak meal times. Volunteer shifts are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

Friday Night Sound Bites Volunteers
During our Friday Night Sound Bites Concert series on Fridays through Oct. 29, we need volunteers to assist during and after the event. Volunteer shifts are 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will include cleaning tables/market throughout the event, talking with customers, tear down/clean up after the event.

Special event volunteers
With several of our special events coming back this year, we’ll need some volunteers to help running check-in tables, games, set up/tear down and cleaning.
Special events for the remainder of 2021 that you can sign up to volunteer for.

  • PAWtriotic Pet Parade and Adoption Event — Saturday, July 3
  • Kid Makers Market (Summer) — Saturday, July 24
  • Food Truck Frenzy (Civic Campus) — Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Sip, Mingle & Jingle — Friday, Nov. 19
  • Kid Makers Market (Holiday) —Sunday, Nov. 21
  • Breakfast with Santa —Saturday, Dec. 11

2021 Volunteer rewards program
Our events wouldn’t be successful without the helping hands of our volunteers. As a small thank you for volunteering with us, we are now offering the following rewards, dependent on the number of hours/shifts a volunteer has worked.

  • Weekend warrior: Enjoy a lunch or dinner on us. We’ll give you a $10 gift card to the Public Market merchant of your choice after you work 10 weekend shifts at the market. Shifts can include the short lunch or dinner shifts on Friday-Sunday, or helping with Friday Night Sound Bites. You must volunteer for a minimum of 1.5 hours during each shift.

  • Events champion: If you volunteer at four or more of our large events (listed above), we will give you a $20 gift card to the Public Market merchant of your choice! Volunteer shifts for our events must be for three or more consecutive hours. Shifts volunteered during Friday Night Sound Bites do not apply to this award.

    Public Market volunteer of the year: This title will go to the individual with the most hours volunteered with us during the 2021 full calendar year! The reward will include a Public Market sweatshirt and a $25 gift card to the Public Market merchant of your choice. This volunteer will also be featured on our social media channels and our e-newsletter.

Interested in volunteering with us? You can sign up on our volunteer portal or you can contact Amanda Albert, assistant manager of the Lenexa Public Market, at [email protected] or 913.477.7517.

Published May 5, 2021