- Friday, May 11, 9 AM - 8 PM
- Saturday, May 12, 10 AM - 6 PM
- Sunday, May 12, 12 Noon - 4 PM
The Friends School Plant Sale is entirely volunteer-run. Over 1,000 people are needed to do everything from building display tables to shelving plants, and from tallying up orders to packing it all up after the sale is over.
Each year, volunteers are invited to shop at the pre-sale, Thursday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. You can find more info in our FAQ.
Each volunteer is expected to work four hours. Shifts generally are from 7 or 8 am to 12 noon; from 12 noon to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and sometimes 8 p.m. until midnight. Find out about your specific shift time when you sign up.
Online signup begins at 8 a.m., February 1, 2016.
Volunteer jobs generally fall into the following categories:
There is also one type of job that runs through all four phases:
Volunteer desk, which has shifts throughout the day during most of the week. Using a computer, check volunteers in as they arrive. Hand out shirts/aprons/hats, name tags. Do miscellaneous tasks as needed. Comfort with computer data entry very important, as well as working well with other people. Familiarity with the sale and past volunteer experience required.
Friends School Plant Sale is a fund-raising event sponsored by the Friends School of Minnesota in Saint Paul. It's held just once each year on Mother's Day Weekend at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand (map and directions).
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