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Cottonwood Heights always looking for volunteers

Jan 18, 2017 04:32PM ● By Kelly Cannon

Volunteers help out during Butlerville Days. (Cottonwood Heights)

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com
 
If becoming more involved in the community was one of your New Year’s resolutions, the city of Cottonwood Heights is always looking for volunteers to help with events. Whether it’s Butlerville Days, Bark in the Park or the Easter egg hunt, residents are encouraged to help make city-sponsored events a success.
 
Ann Eatchel, the city events coordinator at Cottonwood Heights, said the city would be happy to have as many volunteers as possible for the various events they sponsor. What the volunteers do depends on the event itself.
 
“At the Easter egg hunt, just helping to set up and take down and getting ready, things like that,” Eatchel said. “If it’s Bark in the Park, they help me find vendors. They help put together the entire event from beginning to end.”
 
Because Butlerville Days is such a huge event, Eatchel already has what she called a main committee made up of volunteers and staff members. However, she is always looking for other volunteers to serve under the committee.
 
“We have someone over the car show. We’ll find a couple of volunteers to be under him that help him the day of. We have someone over the stage. We have someone over the field. We have someone over food vending,” Eatchel said. “At this time, we’re looking for people who help them throughout the day of the event.”
 
A lot of the work volunteers do is on the day of events. For instance, last year during Butlerville Days, there was a sidewalk chalk-art contest that was new to the festival. A member of the arts council was brought in to be in charge of the contest. Eatchel also said help is always needed at bingo and the pie-eating contest.
 
The biggest benefit to volunteering for the city, according to Eatchel, is getting to know the people and the city residents live in.
 
“It’s actually really satisfying to know you’re a part of all that. That’s the feedback I’m getting. For me, I love it because I get to meet the residents of the community,” Eatchel said. “The people volunteering love it because they get to build something so wonderful and so great and meet new people on top of that.”
 
Eatchel said during Butlerville Days, she needs around 50 volunteers a day to really make the event run smoothly.
“You’ve got so many things going on that we need as many as we can get. We can never have enough volunteers that day,” she said. “We give them lunch. We give them great swag from the day. We definitely treat our volunteers like kings and queens.”
 
Residents interested in volunteering are asked to call Eatchel at (801) 550-8225 or email her at aeatchel@ch.utah.gov.