Volunteer as a Group
Co-worker Team Building or Family Fun
Volunteering as a group to host an activity or fill shifts at our events is a great way to be active in your community and have fun together. We have a variety of opportunities for groups that have a contact person responsible for the group, and slots for teen groups that are part of an organization (like a school organization or church group) that has an adult contact.
View our Volunteer Agreement and sign up to be entered onto our volunteer email list.
Volunteer as an Individual
Enjoy an Energetic Day
We have many opportunities for individual adult or youth volunteers ranging from coordinators to shift work. We have a select number of slots for teens and children wishing to volunteer. We are eager to help them exercise their charitable muscle, but tasks are limited and require an adult to ultimately be responsible for them and their task. Please, view our Volunteer Agreement and request to be entered into our volunteer email list.
Host a Fundraiser
Great for Team-building or Classroom Charities
Host your own fundraising and awareness event or car show. We are so thankful for groups like the Athens-Limestone Chamber Youth Leadership group, the Athens Mayor's Youth Council, and First National Bank's Youth Advisory Board, Freed-Hardeman's XBX social club, plus community groups like the Limestone County Mustang Club, and other groups and even individual families that take the initiative to raise money for Eli's Block Party and join in the fight. Just let us know what you have in mind, and we will be glad to advertise your event on our social media outlets and help where and when we can. Thank you for remembering us! (We are unable to provide manpower or pay venue fees or purchase supplies for your event.)
Volunteer of the Year for 2021
All of our volunteers are exceptional - our events would not be growing so fast in popularity if they were not - but last year we were especially thankful for Gina Ridenour. She is that "get-er-done" person that is always on. When we asked if she wanted to grab a bite to eat after work with some of us (as a surprise for being recognized with this "prestigious" award), she said, "What do I need to prepare for the meeting?"-- a reflection of her dedication and work ethic. Gina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our corps. She is always thinking of ideas to raise funds, ways to make what we do better, and is willing to take on the tough tasks. She finds most of our non-monetary support/donations like food for our Superhero Day volunteers, swag bag items for the car show. She coordinated lunch for almost 100 volunteers and coordinated the food trucks for our events. She stands ready to serve in whatever capacity is the most helpful. So, if you get a chance, please, thank Gina and all of our volunteers for their donation of time and brain power.
Our Super Troupe
Our Cast of Volunteers in Capes and Tights
We are often asked about our Superhero Troupe - who they are, where they come from, how do we get them to come out, etc.
We are proud and thankful for this group of volunteers and grateful for their willingness to dress up in costume in extreme heat and take picture after picture with guests of Superhero Day. These costumes sometimes involve a unitard, (which not many people can wear even if they are willing to), or costumes with smothering latex or padding, suffocating masks, and just a variety of uncomfortable features or accessories or make-up. Of the 30-35 Superheroes, only three or four are actual cosplayers - someone whose hobby it is to dress up in a costume like a character in a book or movies. Those three are not local, but love the event and have a heart for the cause, so they are willing to drive the distance to participate each year. So, the majority of these guys and gals have no interest in the Superhero whom they are portraying, some do not even know anything about Superhero characters at all. They are just local people with a heart for the cause, willing to give of their time to make this event great by putting on that unitard and mask or by being uncomfortable in the heat. Some of our heroes have been with us since the first Superhero Day in the park, and many of the others stay on after their first event because they enjoyed their experience so much.
How do we get our Supers? They don't just show up, that's for sure! We have a Superhero Coordinator (we will call her Professor X) that worries over it most of the year. She is always on the lookout for that special Superhero doppelganger that might enjoy the event. She and her minions carefully detail the costumes, organize each Super's individual participation, communicates with the group, and pull it all together. Our Superheroes are vetted and wear an EBP ID for Superhero Day so that guests know who represents EBP. People in costume are not allowed to walk up and join in as representing EBP as a Superhero. They must be vetted beforehand and sign our Code of Conduct agreement.
Furthermore, we only have one of each character in our troupe. It doesn’t make sense to have more than one Batman! Each year we do have holes to fill and are open to hearing about Supers that we might not have that someone might wish to portray or for which they have a cosplay-level costume. If you know of someone who is interested in portraying a Superhero for Superhero Day, please let us know. We do traditionally have a need for a Marvel SHIELD agent to walk with the parade and assist the Supers. We do not allow villains at this point (we want to celebrate the good guys).
As mentioned, almost all of our Superheroes are just volunteers and do not ordinarily dress up in costume. The Ice Queen, War Machine/Bumblebee, and Harry Potter are working Cosplayers. Many of the costumes we own, not the volunteer in the costume. We often receive requests for a Superhero/character to attend an event. We are glad to ask the volunteers if anyone is available to attend for a donation. Sometimes it works out.
Don’t miss The Supers at Superhero Day!
DC's Billy Batson/Shazam
This is an application to be considered for the role of cosplaying DC Comics's Shazam (Billy Batson) in Eli's Block Party Super Troupe. Our Superhero volunteers work at Superhero Day, a childhood cancer awareness event in Athens, Alabama, on the second Saturday of September.