Fadales muralVolunteer FAQs

Why does USA need volunteers?

We rely on volunteers because we are a non-profit organization operating on a lean budget. With only two full-time staff, there’s no way we can run big events alone. We are in the process of our expanding our volunteer opportunities beyond events to include projects and leadership roles in order to expand our organization’s capacity to accomplish exciting projects that help make Uptown Shelby a more vibrant place.

What does USA look for in a volunteer?

We look for people with a sense of pride in Uptown Shelby and a commitment to volunteering who want to make a difference in their community. Other specific characteristics depend on the volunteer role – some of our volunteer opportunities require a team spirit, and some require the ability to work independently.

How much time is involved?

It varies! We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that range from an hour to monthly meetings to projects on your own schedule. We have one-time slots as well as short-term gigs and longer-term commitments.

How can I learn more about volunteering with USA?

Call us at 704-484-3100 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be glad to talk more with you about our volunteer opportunities and the role of volunteers in our organization.

What volunteer opportunities does USA offer?

We rely on volunteers to accomplish exciting projects and to make our events run smoothly. The following tables are example volunteer positions - please call us at 704-484-3100 for information about what positions are currently available.

EVENTS

Event Name Volunteer Opportunities Location
Uptown Litter Sweeps
  • Participant: picking up trash
Uptown
  • Volunteer recruiter: generate interest to participate in the litter sweeps
Uptown
Shelby Alive
  • Set-up
City Pavilion
  • Beer sales
City Pavilion
  • Wine sales
City Pavilion
  • Armband sales
City Pavilion
  • Popcorn sales
City Pavilion
  • Break-down/clean-up
City Pavilion
Seeds to Silverware
  • Volunteer recruiter
Flexible
  • Week-of prep
Varies
  • Set-up
City Pavilion
  • Server
City Pavilion
  • Back of house
City Pavilion
  • Front of house coordinator
City Pavilion
  • Breakdown/clean-up
City Pavilion
Mush Music & Mutts
  • Set-up
Court Square
  • Selling popcorn & drinks
Court Square
Carriage Rides
  • Set-up
Court Square
  • Selling tickets
Court Square
  • Assisting carriage riders
Court Square
Small Business Saturday
  • Set-up
  • Sharing info and swag at the booth
Court Square
Christmas Parade
  • Coordinating parade participants at intersections
N. Lafayette Street

PROJECTS

Category Project Opportunities Location
Promotion
  • Ensure all Uptown businesses are on Google business
Flexible
  • Research app as a marketing tool
Flexible
  • Coordinate afternoon activities for Second Saturdays
Flexible
  • Coordinate general programming on the Court Square
Flexible
  • Ensure appropriate businesses are on Trip Advisor and Yelp
Flexible
  • Marketing education for businesses
Uptown
Design
  • Take pictures of every building and vacant lot in the Uptown district
Uptown
  • Explore possibilities for murals in Uptown
Flexible
Organization
  • Identify and connect with new sources of volunteers
Flexible
  • Indexing old photographs
USA office

Thanks for your interest in Uptown Shelby!

Main Street Accredited logo 2016As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Uptown Shelby Association is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.