Deco Week starts December 26th. Sign up through iVolunteer to help!
Deco Week is when the design and thousands of hours of work come to fruition in a completed float entry. Please consider helping on this year’s float! This is a complicated process involving a lot of coordination, so please follow the guidelines below.
Deco Week will be from December 26th thru December 31st. The float needs to be fully operational and decorated on December 31 for our 2nd judging. The parade is on January 1st (unless it falls on a Sunday in which case it is January 2nd).
We will follow all current LA County Guidelines regarding Covid-19 during Deco Week. EVERYONE ages 12 and older MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED and show proof, paper or digital, with photo ID. ALL participants MUST wear a face mask that completely covers their mouth and nose when INSIDE the float barn. Vaccinations are not required for age 11 and younger, until a vaccination is available, and they must wear a mask at ALL TIMES. When OUTDOORS, those 11 and younger are REQUIRED to wear a mask, it is strongly RECOMMENDED volunteers 12 and older wear a mask. Updated information will be on our website as our event gets closer; check back just prior to your signup date for new requirements and updates.
Signups for Deco Week volunteering will be done through the iVolunteer website. Participants signed up through iVolunteer will get priority for job assignments. There may not be tasks for walk-in volunteers. If signed-up volunteers do not arrive within 20 minutes of their shift, walk-ins may fill those slots. iVolunteer will be operational in October. Deco Week shifts are: morning shift 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., afternoon shift 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and evening shift 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Our 2nd judging is on December 31st and our plan is to be done decorating by then. We’ll still need volunteers to help after judging. You may volunteer for multiple shifts in a day & multiple days, as space permits. All volunteers must sign a Release Form before working. Release Forms for anyone under 18 MUST be signed by a parent or guardian, before the minor will be allowed to work. We will also have a Covid-19 waiver that will be available in early December. Please return to our website, download, complete, print, sign and bring it with you when you volunteer (remember, under 18, parent/ guardian must sign).
There are no guarantees that you will be working “on” the float. The majority of jobs available are prepping deco items, dry and floral. Work on the float itself will be determined by your age, expertise, and current need for workers. An adult must accompany children under age 14 at all times. Workers physically on the float or on scaffolding/above float level must be at least 16 years of age. On December 30th and December 31st all volunteers MUST be at least 10 years old.
Curfews: 16 years old and under, 8:00 p.m.; 17 years old, 10:30 p.m. (exceptions may be made if minors are accompanied by parent/guardian).
NO personal items, such as backpacks or purses are allowed. No use of phones or audio devices in the barn. A phone or audio device can stay in your pocket, although ringers must be set to silent. Laser pointers are not allowed. Shift changes with dozens of workers take a little time, so please be patient. Remember that float decorating can get messy and cold. Wear old work clothes and closed-toed shoes. Bring a warm jacket/sweatshirt.
Our normal practice is that lunch for morning volunteers only will be available mid-day for a donation and dinner for afternoon volunteers will be provided by local restaurants (no charge to volunteers). COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS MAY CHANGE OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE MEALS – please see our website and check back just prior to your assigned date for any changes.
Warning: People who show no symptoms can spread Covid-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Covid-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.
Remember to download and complete the Volunteer Release Form (under 18, you need a parent or guardian signature).
If you have a group (8 or more), you need to schedule a time that would be convenient for your group to work. Please complete the Application for Group of Volunteers form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.