Be a Volunteer
First Night Chatham is “All Volunteer”
First Night Chatham depends on the participation of volunteers – they make the celebration possible. Last year, more than 250 volunteers helped the day run smoothly at 20 venues that hosted over 90 performances and activities. (A new Volunteers Thank-You page lists all those who helped last year.)
By investing as little as a few hours on one day of the year, you can help sustain the First Night Chatham tradition. In addition to the Venue Volunteers described below, First Night needs and welcomes all who are interested in helping as Specialty Volunteers, and on the First Night Committee.
Venue Volunteers work at performance venues during First Night, checking buttons at the door, welcoming and directing patrons to where the seats are, or where the lines are, and generally being the ambassadors of good will on behalf of First Night.
You may use the form below to let our volunteer coordinator know of your interest; respond early so you can let us know your preferred assignment. You can check out the Preliminary schedule of events on the Program Schedule page.
And if you have friends who would like to volunteer, please let us know.
The form below is used only to start the conversation; you will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator, and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss assignments and venue choices.
Our Volunteer Coordinators are Carol Kolb and Barbara Newberry.
You may also email our volunteer coordinator directly, at
We encourage our volunteers to sign up for more than one shift, either at the same site or at a different venue. Think of it as opportunity to enjoy being inside a nice warm venue without standing in line!
Volunteers for First Night Chatham 2017 will be invited to attend an orientation meeting at the United Methodist Church, Main Street at Cross Street, on Thursday, December 29th, 2016, at 5:00 PM. As always, our volunteers will be treated to pizza and beverages at this meeting. Police and Fire Department representatives will brief volunteers on Public Safety, and we discuss the volunteer instructions for First Night and answer questions. The performance and event schedule will also be available for review, in case anyone forgets where they’ve volunteered to be.
We treat our patrons well, and we treat our volunteers even better. You will be invited to our special Volunteers Thank You Party in mid-January.