So maybe you love the idea of Austin Bakes, but you aren’t super confident in the kitchen. Fret not, non-bakers, there is still so much that you can do to help. In addition to bakers, Austin Bakes needs volunteers to help out at sale sites, and donations of supplies and necessary equipment, and help promoting the event.
Here are a few ways that you can help without ever touching an oven.
Volunteer at a Bake Sale Site
Our goal is to have several volunteers at every sale site. These folks will collect donations, assist customers, and help set up and break down tables, chairs, and tents. We still need plenty of help in this department, particularly at our Central and East locations. (Foreign & Domestic and Sugar Circus Bakery.)
Drawing attention to the sale is no small task. We could really use some big, eye-catching signs to help promote the sale, and to drive traffic toward the sites. Homemade and DIY signs are just fine, so if you have some free time and some extra poster-board, do us a solid and whip up a sign or two.
You might be surprised to find out that bake sales require quite a few supplies to run smoothly. We need red plastic tablecloths, bottled water for volunteers, blank labels, pens, tapes, scissors and cardstock for making small signs for the tables. Big pickle jars and coffee cans are also very handy (for collecting donations).
Lend Props and Equipment
Do you have a folding table, folding chair, or pop-up tent that we could borrow for the sale? These large items are sometimes hard to acquire, so lending one out for the day would be a huge help. We could also use props to dress up the tables. Items like cake stands, fancy baskets, and decorative trays will help us sell more goodies.
Spread the Word
The easiest thing that you can do to help is to share the sale with your community. Invite your friends to our Facebook event. Share our site on Twitter, Facebook, and G+. Write a blog post. Call or write to your favorite Austin news or radio channel and ask them to talk about Austin Bakes. Print some flyers and share them with your family and co-workers. We need all the help we can get, and we can never have too many customers on the big day.