Christmas For The City - Winston-Salem


There seems to be a lot of excitement about our part in Christmas For the City. Below are some quick facts about what it is and how you can be a part of it:

1) When & Where: Friday, December 20th at the Benton Convention center in Downtown Winston-Salem from 3pm-9pm (We will be setting up all day Wed, Thur)

2) Website: www.christmasforthecity.com 

3) What is it: Christmas for the City began as a dream in 2008: could we dare to believe that churches, businesses, musicians and artists would come together to create a meaningful Christmas experience for the whole community? Now, in its sixth year, CFTC brings together 1,000 volunteers to serve thousands from a broad cross-section of the city across all socio-economic, ethnic, and generational backgrounds. Teams from over 40 churches as well as scores of non-profits & businesses link arms to bring this wonderful evening to life...and it’s FREE for everyone!

4) What will be going on that night
PERFORMING ARTS
Variety of groups from a broad range of styles performing on the main stage, including:
City Gospel Choir City Student Choir
City Worship Choir Youth Symphony
Other arts will be happening throughout the building: dance, poetry, ensembles, bands, bell choirs and more

NORTH POLE VILLAGE
Lots of activities for elementary-aged kids and younger
Book on the meaning of Christmas given to each child
Santa Claus

COMPASSION MINISTRIES
The Table: CFTC is partnering with restaurants and food vendors to create a space where the entire city sits down for a meal together.
Connect & Serve: Local non-profits are partnering with CFTC on four community service projects that evening focused on hunger, education, housing and healthcare.

VISUAL ARTS
“Live art” from artists around the theme of compassion.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Through social media, middle & high school students will connect with each other, participate in the festivities and even serve together.

6) The Table: This year we are attempting to feed all 10,000 people that attend! Our hope is that people from all walks of life can sit together at "The Table", share a meal , and share the love of Christ that makes this event possible. We are partnering with local restaurants to provide the meals. Our goal is 100 vendors giving 100 meals each. 

7) How can I be a part of CFTC: You can be a huge part of CFTC by...

Attending
This event is open to anyone and everyone. There are things going on that day for the entire family. You can come anytime between 3pm-9pm. Stay for as long as you'd like and enjoy what I believe will be one of the best Christmas experiences you will have this year.

Volunteering
There are lots of volunteer needs to make CFTC happen. There are six areas you can volunteer in:

Compassion and Mercy: The Table
Table Hosts: Invite our guests to your table and share a meal together while building relationships.
Door/Room Hosts: Welcome our guests into the room, direct them to food, and help them to a table.
Food Servers: Help assemble meals together and serve our guests.
Bussers/runners: Keep the tables clean throughout the evening.
Vendor Care: Help direct our vendors as they arrive.
Water station

Children and Youth. Our children will take part in the North Pole Village. Volunteers are need to help with:
     * Cookie Bakers
     * Icing and Sprinkle Specialists for Cookie Decorating 
     * Greet and Guide Families in the Village
     * Santa’s Elves
     * Woodworking Assistants 
     * Ornament and Card Making Helpers
     * Fun Coaches for the Indoor Playground
     * Train Station Hosts
     * Hot Cocoa Servers and Table Hosts

Or you may choose to volunteer with our youth by...
“Hub” volunteers: Helpers to stand at our table to help any students who need to know where we are throughout the night.
“Tweeters”: Helpers who will update tweets & media screens & help retweet.
“Walkers” : Helpers who will walk around to let students know where we are going next.
“Greeters”: Helpers who just make students feel welcome!
“Support” volunteers: Helpers who like tasks to help with different key set up times throughout the night.

The Arts. We will be offering both performance and visual arts throughout the day and evening. If you or someone you know has a artistic talent you'd like to share with the community, then make sure you sign-up ASAP. 

Hospitality. If you can offer a smile, a warm greeting, and maybe even assist folks in getting to the right location, then this is the job for you.
Greeters: Welcome guests at the doors, on the sidewalk and in the hallways, and be ready to help them navigate through the building.
Ask Me Hosts: Wander the building to answer questions “Trader Joe’s style”
Section Hosts: Create an inviting atmosphere throughout the seating areas of the Performing Arts venue.
Volunteer Check-in: welcome and orient people coming to serve at CFTC

Set-up and Tear-down. Lots of extra hands (skilled and unskilled in construction and handiwork) are needed to load in and set up on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 18-19, as well to tear down and load out on Friday night after CFTC.  Scenic teams are also currently at work creating the sets that will transform the Benton for the big night.
Construction workers
Painters & Designers
Set-up/Tear Down Crew
Extra Hands

Sponsorship: If you or your business would like to know how you can help sponsor this incredible event, please see Mike G. or check out the CFTC website.

We, as Project:Re3, will not be focusing on one area or time slot and serving there.I want you to serve when and where is best for you. I would love nothing more then to have a Project:Re3 presence throughout the entire night in every area!

To sign-up, simply follow this link http://www.christmasforthecity.com/howcanihelp.htm and click on the area and time you can serve. You may sign-up for as many and as long as you would like. On the time slot you will see that it is broken into 2 hour blocks. You DO NOT have to serve the full two hours (unless you want to) that is just to give us an idea of how many volunteers we have/need for each block of time. 


If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us at projectre3@gmail.com

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