You are invited to join us for Potluck in the Park’s annual holiday tradition. This year we are pleased to be partnering, once again, with the Portland Art Museum. After missing last year, we are very excited to be back with this special event, even in an altered form. Due to COVID restrictions and safety concerns we will not be inside the Art Museum. We will be serving take-out meals, with limited seating, under the big tents in the parking lot across the street from the Museum. We will only be using the Museum building for meal preparation by volunteers. While this might not be the Christmas Dinner of yesteryears, we still expect to serve hundreds of guests a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There will be warm socks and other warm wear for guests too!
Registration is Required for All Volunteers
You MUST REGISTER to volunteer on either Friday or Saturday. NO Walk-Ins allowed! Be sure to sign up early given the limited number of volunteer opportunities available, they fill up quickly! Each person in your party must sign up individually. There are no group sign-ups. Please sign up for ONE SHIFT on one day only. We want as many people as possible to have an opportunity to help. Again, there will be no same day registration. All sign-ups are done through Hands On Greater Portland.
All volunteers must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past 2nd shot) and will be required to show proof of vaccination. Masks will also be required of all volunteers both inside and outside. Guests will be required to be masked going through the serving line.
Many of the jobs this year will be outside in the tents. Please bring warm clothes and be prepared to be outside for your entire shift. What will I be doing? Christmas Eve entails a lot of preparation and set up. We will be unloading trucks. We will be filling take-out containers with salads and desserts. There will be some decorating going on, but it will all be outside this year. There are so many different jobs that happen on Christmas Day. There will be a lot of setting up still to do Christmas morning. Since we will be outside we won’t be able to set up tables and chairs the day before. We’ll be assembling the turkey dinner and trimmings in take-out containers prior to the outside service. to assisting guests and handing out goodies. We will be able to offer guests somewhat distanced covered seating if they wish to stay to eat. However, we will not be asking our volunteers to wait on the tables.