For every 30 minutes a volunteer bags popcorn, the theatre will donate $15 to a charity of the volunteer’s choice.
Scoop for Love volunteers are also welcome to enjoy a free bag of popcorn and watch whatever movie is playing at the time.
Amanda Leaming, co-owner of Fox Theatre, says Scoop for Love was introduced after she came across similar programs running successfully at other theatres. She feels it’s a good opportunity to develop a community connection while supporting worthy causes.
“My motto is the famous Helen Keller quote, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,’ ” Amanda says.
“Having people come in to volunteer their hours and give that money back to the community, in terms of their charity of choice, really helps develop a strong sense of community and joy.”
Prior to the launch of Scoop for Love, Amanda reached out to some local non-profit groups to let them know about the program.
Felicia White, executive director of the Pincher Creek Humane Society, was thrilled to learn of the program and how it could help the animal shelter.
“I get people who want to volunteer and help the shelter that can’t because they’re allergic to the animals, so this is a way that they can help without stepping foot in the shelter,” Felicia says.
“Fifteen dollars may not seem like a lot, but it goes a long way to helping us here at the shelter, whether that’s buying cat litter, bleach or other products we require.”
While the emphasis will be on local organizations, volunteers can select whatever charity or non-profit they wish to receive their donation.
The theatre will eventually have a list of local charities and non-profits for volunteers to consider, should they wish.
Interested candidates should contact the theatre and set up a date for a small amount of training, to ensure they’re confident and comfortable with the work.
A schedule will be up at the theatre with time slots open for volunteers to bag popcorn. As long as there are slots available, there is no limit to how much time someone can volunteer.
For more information, or if you wish to volunteer, you can call the theatre at 403-627-3444, email firstname.lastname@example.org or swing by in person.