As you might be able to ascertain from reading this column or seeing me out in public, running hither and tither like the proverbial headless chicken, I’m someone you might describe as “busy.” When all is said and done at the end of the day, it’s usually all I can do to try and put something of vague nutritional value in my mouth, get cleaned up, and maybe watch a little Netflix. Inevitably I end up falling asleep in the middle of an episode and waking up wondering why my favorite character is dead or in a coma.
When we get so wrapped up in the schedules, bills, tasks, and relationships in our own, insular lives, it can be hard to even fathom making time for something like volunteerism. However, I have found a great opportunity that suits me perfectly, and might suit some of you perfectly, too!
Maiden Alley Cinema is Paducah’s very own art house movie theater, music venue, and all-around fantastic non-profit. In addition to bringing independent film and superb musical acts to our fair city, they are also spearheading the movement to restore the splendid, historic Columbia Theater downtown.
What many people don’t know, though, is that Maiden Alley is very much powered by the efforts of volunteers, and whether you have a little time or a lot, there is always a way for an extra pair of helping hands to make a difference.
So, why should you consider making MAC your go-to when you have a hankering to be helpful?
- Even as little as 45 minutes of your time makes a difference. If you volunteer to help with concessions or ticket sales during a movie showing, you don’t even have to stay for the duration of the film - though you are certainly welcome to do so.
- If you volunteer for a music show, you get to see the rest of the show for free once you’ve completed your rotation. Because there’s nothing better than filling your heart with good vibes and your ears with good tunes all in one night!
- You get a free movie pass every time you volunteer at the box office. Collect a handful and treat your friends to a night at the movies!
- Popcorn. You can stand there and eat delicious, buttery, hot popcorn while you help make your city a better, more cultured place to be. POPCORN.
- It’s a great excuse to see all those people you wish you had more time to hang out with, sort of. There’s pretty much no better way to see all 738 of your closest friends in the space of a few hours than to volunteer for a MAC-sponsored event or music show. And if you’re one of those people for whom awkward small talk is, well, awkward, it’s even more perfect. You’ll be so busy running credit cards, pouring beers, and doling out Junior Mints, you’ll have a built-in reason to avoid yet another conversation about the weather.
- If you volunteer for one of MAC’s fabulous special events, you (you guessed it), get in or free! This even includes Oktoberfest, which is arguably Paducah’s most anticipated and epic annual party. If you think a couple hours of your time on a gorgeous autumn Saturday is worth great beer, all-you-can-eat sausage, and dance-til-you-drop live music, you should probably sign-up. Just sayin’.
- You meet great people. Whether they’re customers, performers, or your fellow volunteers, giving your time to MAC is the perfect way to meet a delightful array of musicians, filmmakers, new transplants to Paducah. These all-around great human beings care as much as you do about all the good stuff that makes the world go ‘round.
Have I convinced you of how totally worth your time becoming a MAC volunteer is? You don’t have to decide right now, but if you do nothing else, definitely sign yourself up for the MAC volunteer e-mail list. It’s easy! Simply e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Adrian Holloman at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you want in on the action.
See you at MAC!