Volunteer

Over 2,000 volunteers are needed to host the Morton Pumpkin Festival!  

We have several opportunities for groups from local businesses and organizations to fill shifts at our Pumpkin Festival food venues. Individuals and families are also encouraged to join in the fun!

In addition to offering an exciting volunteer experience, each volunteer who helps out receives Pumpkin Bucks as a token of our thanks.  Pumpkin Bucks can be redeemed for food and drinks at any of our Pumpkin Festival food venues:  the Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe and Pumpkin-To-Go drive thru.

Volunteers must be 12 years or older.  Children ages 8 - 11 may volunteer with an adult supervisor.

Click here  to go to Volunteer Local, view a list of volunteer opportunities and sign up to help at this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival!

If you can help out as a cashier, click here  to view a list opportunities and sign up.

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Hats are mandatory for anyone serving food at the Morton Pumpkin Festival.  If you don't have a hat, you'll be given a paper hat to wear, provided by LIBBY'S Pumpkin!

Volunteers for the Pumpkin Grille and Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe must check in upon arrival, prior to starting their shift.  The Volunteer check in area will be on the west side of Jefferson School, along Adams Street (near the back of the Pumpkin Grille tent).  Look for the orange umbrella and our friendly Pumpkin Festival Volunteer greeters!   

 

If you are part of a group and did not register yourself through Volunteer Local, please fill in your information below, read the waiver. click the box, and submit the form.  Thank you! 

WAIVER

IT IS ACKNOWLEDGED AND AGREED THAT THE EVENT (THE “EVENT”) THAT IS DESCRIBED IN THE DOCUMENTS, WEB PAGES, AND/OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS RELEASE AND CONSENT IS A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY AND I, FOR MYSELF, AND FOR ANY AND ALL OF MY MINOR CHILDREN OR PERSONS OVER WHOM I HAVE GUARDIANSHIP PARTICIPATING IN OR ATTENDING THE EVENT, AND ALL OUR HEIRS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND EXECUTORS (COLLECTIVELY, “PARTICIPANTS”), HEREBY VOLUNTARILY ASSUME FULL AND COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY FOR, AND THE RISK OF, ANY INJURY OR ACCIDENT THAT MAY OCCUR DURING PARTICIPANTS’ PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, PARTICIPANTS HEREBY RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS, AND COVENANT NOT TO FILE SUIT AGAINST (I) THE MORTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ITS AFFILIATES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, VOLUNTEERS, AGENTS, AND EMPLOYEES (COLLECTIVELY, “CHAMBER”); (II) ANY EVENT SPONSORS; AND (III) ALL OTHER PERSONS OR ENTITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE EVENT (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASEES”), FOR ANY INJURY OR DAMAGES PARTICIPANTS MIGHT SUFFER IN CONNECTION WITH THE EVENT.  THIS RELEASE APPLIES TO ANY AND ALL LOSSES, LIABILITIES, OR CLAIMS PARTICIPANTS MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF THE EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY OR DAMAGE SUFFERED BY PARTICIPANTS OR OTHERS, WHETHER SUCH LOSSES, LIABILITIES, OR CLAIMS BE CAUSED BY CONTACT WITH AND/OR THE ACTIONS OF OTHER PARTICIPANTS, CONDITIONS OF THE EVENT AND EVENT PREMISES, NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, RISKS NOT KNOWN TO PARTICIPANTS OR NOT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE AT THIS TIME, OR OTHERWISE.  This release is intended to be a complete and unconditional release of liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.

In addition, Participants give consent and permission to the Chamber, its affiliates and sponsors, and their successors, licensees, and assigns, the irrevocable right to use, for any purpose whatsoever and without compensation, (i) any photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, or other recordings of Participants that are made during the course of the Event; and (ii) the results of Participants’ participation in the Event.

Participants understand that (i) this Release and Consent is given in consideration for being permitted to participate in the Event; (ii) that Participants may be removed from the Event if Participants do not follow all the rules of the Event; and (iii) Participants are voluntary participants in the Event. Participants by participating represent that they are in good physical condition and agree that they are solely responsible for their personal health, safety, and personal property.

This Release and Consent shall be construed under the laws of the State of Illinois. In the event any provision of this Release and Consent is deemed unenforceable by law, (i) the Chamber shall have the right to modify such provision to the extent necessary to be deemed enforceable; and (ii) all other provisions of this Release and Consent shall remain in full force and effect. Participants understand that they have given up substantial rights by signing this Release and Consent, and agree to these terms freely and voluntarily without any inducement, assurance, or guarantee. 

Pumpkin Bucks

As our special “thank you” to our volunteers, the Morton Pumpkin Festival provides Pumpkin Bucks that can be used at our food venues including the Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, and Pumpkin-To-Go. They cannot be used to purchase merchandise.

Pumpkin Bucks are allocated based on the following categories:

Volunteers - Volunteers who help at various events and activities may be given a $2 Pumpkin Buck by their event or venue Chairman.

Shift Volunteers – Volunteers who complete a full food venue or store shift of 3 hours or longer receive a $5 Pumpkin Buck.

Special Volunteers – Volunteers who serve in more difficult roles, including Grillers and Cashiers, and complete a full shift of 3 hours or longer receive $9 in Pumpkin Bucks.

Pumpkin Bucks must be used by their expiration date.  No change is given for unused Pumpkin Bucks.