The Village Square needs you! There is a good chance that whatever your area of interest, we can find a spot for you. Anyone volunteering at our dinners gets free dinner, so why in the world wouldn’t you? (As noted elsewhere, we never turn anyone away for financial need – and welcome people who cannot afford the dinner).

Here are some specific current needs:

  1. Dinner volunteer: These volunteers help us set tables, clear tables, direct guests and be generally kind and civil.  But as good as all that is, the best part is they *EAT FREE.*
  2. Social media:  All about Tweeting?  Can’t get off your Facebook.  Use your power for good by helping us spread the word about the Village Square and upcoming programming by joining our Social Media Team.  We love to have live tweeting at events if you’re game #vsq.

Email us at jacob@old.utah.tothevillagesquare.org if you’d like to volunteer for these immediate needs.  More broadly, there are lots of other ways that anyone can get involved.

Here are some broader ways we ALWAYS need you. (: 

You are the Village Square. Small contributions x a community of people = BIG results. Here are a number of ways that you can help:

1. Tell us your ideas   

We’re all ears about making The Village Square a vibrant part of your community. Know a good topic for Utah?  Email us!  (Whether it is a SLC issue, or something in out-lying communities…we’re interested in hearing about it!)  A note about topics we take on and those we don’t:  The Village Square doesn’t advocate for anything, no matter how good a cause it is.  So we tend to take on hot topics that are already issues where there is disagreement in the community rather than ones that someone hopes will become an issue.

2. Attend our events

…and bring your friends. “We the People” needs – uh “we the people” to show up. Be a part of getting the buzz going.

3. Stay in touch

How in the world will you be able to hang out with us if you don’t know where to go? If you don’t want to miss the latest breaking news & posts, become a fan of The Village Square on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

4. Blog with us   

We’re auditioning across-the-aisle blogging partners, so grab a friend and a pen and take a go at it. We’re especially interested in any collaborative writing about an issue from co-authors who are coming from different places. Get more info HERE.

5. Volunteer your talent   

We need moderators, panelists on many different topics, computer whizzes, videographers, sound technicians, bloggers, drivers… well, you get the idea.  We need you. Whatever your particular talent, a small contribution of your time can yield big results.  Let us know how you’d like to help.

6. Invite us to come speak to your group or your class.  

We can share more about the history and research behind this idea – as well as detailing other kinds of efforts across the nation. Oh yeah – and we’ll say more about how people can get involved…today!

7. Brush up on your civility

We’d like you to come on in and pull up a chair – experimenting with the idea that it’s a dedication to civility that makes strong disagreement constructive in building countries and communities (yellers don’t actually ever convince anyone). We think we’re on firm ground here as our very own first president George Washington wrote 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation. For example:

9th Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.

69th If two contend together take not the part of either unconstrained; and be not obstinate in your own Opinion.

86th In Disputes, be not So Desireous to Overcome as not to give Liberty to each one to deliver his Opinion.