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Volunteering for Leather Alley at Pride this year is now easier than ever.

To volunteer for a demo, contact demos@leatheralley.net.

Leather Pride Contingent 2004 - courtesy of Pretzelpaws
Leather Pride Contingent 2004 – courtesy of Pretzelpaws

How can you help?

Equipment Pickup and Return: We need people on Saturday to help us pick up gear at various locations and load it into a truck.  We will also need people on Monday morning to help us return the gear to those locations.  You would need to be able to lift and carry. People who can get themselves to designated locations at designated times would be particularly valuable.  Click here to sign up, and then contact leatheralley@leatheralley.net to make arrangements.

Setup and Teardown: We need people who can arrive early Sunday morning, or stick around after the Alley closes.  If we get enough folks, the work goes very quickly.  No special training or experience required, but you must be able to lift and carry.  Click here to sign up.

Ushers: This is mostly making sure people don’t take photographs or get too close to the demos.  Ability to answer basic questions about BDSM, and to deal with crowds, useful.  Ushers act as ambassadors, helping to promote respect for our community and share our history and traditions to those who are curious.  Click here to sign up.

Security: These volunteers mostly greet visitors, and hold donation buckets at the entry or exit to the Alley.  They remind visitors of the rules, and offer to cover their phone cameras with blue tape.  Ability to smile and say “thank you,” and to answer simple questions, very useful.  Wearing leather or other gear a bonus.  Click here to sign up.

Check-In: These folks welcome volunteers as they arrive, confirm their assignments, and give them identifying wristbands.    This is a great “sitting down” job for folks with mobility concerns.  Click here to sign up.

Hospitality: These folks maintain the volunteer hospitality area, keeping the food service area stocked and clean.  They also act as “floaters/runners” who deliver messages and supplies, bring water to thirsty volunteers, and do other tasks as needed.  Click here to sign up.

Demonstrators: Key to the value and appeal of Leather Alley are the demonstrations.  Experienced pairs or groups are needed, with an emphasis on kinky activities with strong visual or audio impact.  (Sorry, we cannot match up individual volunteers.)   Diversity is important.  Most demos last either 60 or 90 minutes.  Demonstrations may be silent, or volunteers may choose to discuss techniques and answer questions.  Demos are intended to teach safety and respect as well as technique. Contact Lincoln at demos@leatheralley.net for more information and to discuss.

All Leather Alley volunteers have access to a private area with healthy snacks and clean port-a-potties. You will also receive a Leather Alley volunteer pin and our undying gratitude. Thank you for helping out. We could not do this without you!

Groups: If you have a group that might be interested in participating, please let us know. We will try to accommodate everyone interested, but there is a limited amount of space. It’s a great outreach opportunity! To find out more, or let us know your group is interested, please email leatheralley@leatheralley.net.