• Be a part of our volunteer team!

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    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.


    Event Name Volunteer Opportunities Location
    Uptown Litter Sweeps
    • Participant: picking up trash

    Shelby Alive


    • Set-up
    City Pavilion
    • Beverage sales
    City Pavilion
    • Bar back
    City Pavilion
    • Checking IDs
    City Pavilion
    • Popcorn sales
    City Pavilion
    • Break-down/clean-up
    City Pavilion

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    • Volunteer recruiter
    • Week-of prep
    • Set-up
    • Server
    • Back of house
    • Front of house coordinator
    • Breakdown/clean-up
    Mush Music & Mutts
    • Set-up
    Court Square
    • Selling popcorn & drinks
    Court Square

    Carriage Rides

    Holiday Season

    • Set-up
    Court Square
    • Selling tickets
    Court Square
    • Assisting carriage riders
    Court Square

    Small Business Saturday

    Saturday after Thanksgiving

    • Set-up
    • Sharing info and swag at the booth
    Court Square

    Christmas Parade


    • Coordinating parade participants at intersections
    N. Lafayette Street

    Thanks for your interest in Uptown Shelby!


    MSALOGO 22ACCREDITED RGBAs 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 communitieswho are 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.

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    Uptown Shelby is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NCDepartment of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Uptown Shelby Association is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development.

  • Do you have an idea for a new event in Uptown Shelby?

    The Uptown Shelby Association welcomes new event ideas. Before adding a new event to the existing promotional calendar, USA needs to consider the following:  a) would it produce a positive impact on Uptown Shelby?

    b) what would be the staff time involved in pre-planning, preparation, and producing the event (if any)? and

    c) would the event be able to support itself financially, or would it involve the budgeting of dollars by USA?

    Please assist USA in understanding the details of your event idea by completing this form and submitting it to USA for consideration. You may email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop it off/mail it to 211 S. Trade St Shelby NC 28150.

    Submission does not constitute a guarantee.