Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Open Streets Lancaster!

Open Streets Lancaster is planned by local community members and is powered by about 100 volunteers on event day.

At this time, our deadline for volunteer sign-ups has passed. Please reach out to us next year to help!

We’ll see you on May 21st!

If you have any questions about Open Streets volunteering, please email Audra Landers: alanders@lancasterrec.org.

Happy Volunteering!


Volunteer Positions

Block Monitors

This is the most important volunteer position! To keep the street open, we need to keep cars off the street and help pedestrians and cyclists move safely through the busy street. Volunteers are needed at intersections to set up the barricades (first shift only); take down the barricades (last shift only), and make sure no cars turn onto the street while the event is on (ALL shifts). All Block Monitors will receive sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, bubbles, jump rope or another fun activity for their station. Please help engage guests by adding creative drawings or facilitating a game at your intersection and asking event-goers to help out! This is a fun way to volunteer with a friend or family member and engage passersby. Some Block Monitors may also be responsible for taking tallies of bikes and pedestrians they see for 15 minutes two times during their shift.

There are 2 shifts to choose from:  9:45am-1pm and 12:30pm-3:15pm


Clean-Up Crew

Clean-Up Crew volunteers get to see the whole event AND save the planet! We want to leave a good impression in the neighborhood and leave no traces behind of the fun had during the event. Volunteers are needed to help pick up the trash and recycling along the route during the event. Gloves, bags and praise provided.

There are 2 shifts to choose from:  11:15am-1:30pm and 1pm-3:15pm


Set-Up Crew

This shift takes place before the event. The Set-Up Crew helps organize the volunteer tent and prepare materials for volunteers to use throughout the day. Set-Up Crew volunteers also help place barricades and signs along the route.

1 shift:  9:30am – 11:30am


Roving Photographers

Are you a professional or aspiring professional photographer with your own camera? We are looking for volunteers with photography skills to capture the spirit of the event. While anyone can and should take photos to document the event, we would love to know who will be out on the street!

If you plan on taking photos and are willing to share, please consider signing up as a volunteer to have your photos featured on websites and social media. Your photos may also be shared with partners and used in our materials or advertisements with credit given. Roving Photographers also help promote Open Streets Lancaster by posting to social media during and after the event.

Flexible volunteer time during event.


Break-Down Crew

The shortest shift! We want to leave a good impression in the neighborhood and leave no traces behind of the fun had during the event. Volunteers are needed to help pick up the garbage and recycling along the route, break down the volunteer tent, and take down barricades at the end of the event. Gloves and bags are provided.

1 shift:  2:15pm – 3:30pm


Mystery Shift (Sign me up for ANY position!)

You are so flexible, you are up for any volunteer position we give you! Mystery shift volunteers are the heroes of the day that fill in gaps and make sure everything runs smoothly. We ALWAYS need extra volunteers. Even if all the other positions are filled for the day, you can still sign up for a Mystery Shift and we’ll put you to work. You’ll receive your volunteer assignment time and duties before the event.

Countdown to May 21st