Warm weather events like the annual UPAF Ride for the Arts seem a long way off, still...but it's only about six weeks away. The ride is on May 31 this year, so it's time for volunteers to offer their services to make this impressive fundraiser happen.
Why should fans of Shakespeare in the Park care?
Aside from some of them being cyclists, the event raises funds for arts organizations in Milwaukee AND raises the profile of the arts. For those of us who already recognize the importance a thriving art community to the life of our city, it may be easy to forget that this isn't a universal level of awareness. So, a highly visible (and fun!) event that reminds people through both it's pre-ride advertising and the ride itself that art is all around, but that it requires funding helps us all out.
But, here's the crux of it for us. We are a UPAF Affiliate organization. That means that we receive additional grant funds from them for each volunteer hour that we are credited with contributing. There are loads of opportunities, a few of them before the ride and many of them on the day of. Look over the list and register yourself as a volunteer, being sure to pick Optimist Theatre from the drop-down menu of Affiliate Organizations (not corporations, which is the box below Affiliates). In addition, please let Susan Fry know that you have registered. In keeping a master list at our end, we can ensure that every registration (and, therefore, every volunteer hour) counts in our favor! The route sentry opportunities are super choices for groups/teams, so grab a buddy and register today!