Why Volunteer

We have the greatest volunteers! Without them, our Festival and all our other events quite simply would not succeed. In 2012 our volunteers gave over 12,440 volunteer hours—that’s more than 1.40 years of service! And even though we already have a great group of people working with us, we are always looking for more volunteers who believe in family, community, and the power of story.

How to Volunteer

Here are different ways you can help:

1)  Before, during, and after the Festival begins, we need individuals and groups who are willing to work on a wide variety of projects and activities. These volunteer assignments are usually one-time opportunities of two to four hours and would work well for a group or family.

2)  We don’t just put on a storytelling festival; we have year-round special events, such as concerts, retreats, conferences, and contests. Join us in making these events a success. These volunteer assignments are also usually one-time opportunities of two to six hours.

3) If you are interested in an opportunity to volunteer more than just at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, we can use your skills on year-round committees that work to organize all our storytelling events. Typically, we ask that these volunteers commit to spend anywhere from one to five hours each week throughout the year.

Please fill out this volunteer application to help us get to know you so we can match you with a volunteer opportunity. Your application will be sent to a member of the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute who will review your application and get in touch with you.

So what are you waiting for? Come join us in promoting storytelling. Not only do we think it’s a great cause, we have a lot of fun and make wonderful new friends who love and understand the power of storytelling.

Thank You

 To our volunteers, thank you from three of our storytellers:

From Josh Goforth:

I am still in the afterglow. I will always cherish the memories that I made at the festival. I can’t wait to make my way back. To the Ashtons and all the volunteers and staff, I offer my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to bring my art to an amazing audience.

From Geraldine Buckley:

With all my heart, thank you for inviting me to your wonderful festival! I have been reveling in a glorious after-glow remembering all the many kindnesses that you poured on me and the other tellers, anticipating our every needs. Thank you to all the incredible volunteers – what an extraordinarily fabulous job you do. What incredible kind and loving people you are! 

From Andy Offutt Irwin:

I am still basking in the glow of the Festival and the sweet time I had with friends, old and new. Here’s to the volunteers; there are so many hands and hearts that went into this astounding event. Truly, as I was saying my goodbyes, I felt my expressions of gratitude lame. I mean, I am supposed to say nice things in this space, but seriously, y’all, from the bottom of my heart, and for so many reasons, thank you!

Please select 2 to 3 areas in which you are interested and/or willing to help:


Posters / Brochures DistributionSet Up / Take Down (Setting up chairs, hanging signs, etc.)Weeding at Mount Timpanogas Park


Tent Host/HostessTent ManagerParking Lot AttendantShuttle DriverInformation BoothFood (Assisting vendors, line control, etc.)Schools (Greeting Schools and escorting them to their assigned tents)TicketsFanfare (Merchandise Tent)EmceeGeneral On-site Volunteer


Posters / Flyer DistributionSet Up / Take DownTickets


EmceesRetreatsFacilitiesFanfare (Merchandising)FoodHostingMusicPuppetryPotterySponsorsTicketsTimpChat (Writing, Editing, Social Media, Publicity)VolunteersYouth TellersContests

Please describe any talents, experience, knowledge, or interests you have that may contribute to the Festival or other events.



Why Donate

Affordability has always been a focus for any Timpanogos Storytelling event. This is especially important in our family-centered community where we have above-average family sizes and below-average family incomes. We at the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute are working hard to raise funds so that we can keep our Festival fees low. In order to help us achieve our goal, we rely on donations from individuals like you. With the continued support of individual donors and corporate sponsors, we can carry out our mission to use the power of story to strengthen individuals, families, and communities.

How to Donate

Please click on the yellow donate link below or, if you would like to be contacted about donation or sponsorship opportunities, fill out the donation form. All donations will benefit the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute and are tax deductible. Please be assured that your donation will be used with the greatest regard for the benefit of the community as we continue to share how story works in our lives.  Any contribution makes a difference.  Support the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute today.






Why Sponsor

Timpanogos Storytelling events are always associated with quality. By including the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute in your charitable giving plan or marketing budget, you are not only enhancing your brand in the community, you are also ensuring that the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute will continue to bring the art and atmosphere of storytelling to Utah County which enriches our community, making it one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.
We know you and your company sometimes have specific ideas about how you want to spend your charitable contributions and the benefits you would like to receive. Whether you are interested in promoting education, corporate recognition or employee appreciation, we have an opportunity for you. We would love to discuss how we can work together to meet your marketing objectives and add your support of the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute.
We would love to welcome you to the Timpanogos Storytelling family as together we strive to enrich our community and learn more about the world around us.

How to Sponsor

We know that when you have both influence and means, you can make a difference in the world. Please fill out the sponsor form and let us know how you would like to sponsor the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute. Your application will be reviewed by our sponsorship committee. You will be contacted so that we can craft a relationship that will be beneficial to your company.

Thanks to our Current Sponsors

Join us in thanking our Festival and Conference sponsors—because ticket prices could never cover the cost of the Festival or Conference, our generous sponsors make it possible to host these world-renowned events! Organizations provide financial donations, goods, or services that make the Festival and Conference a reality. 

Ace Rents Inc Ken Garff Automotive Group
Action Strategy  Kneaders
Ashton Family Foundation  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Avalon Tent and Party KUER
Barnes & Noble Merill Lynch
Beesmark  Moxtek
BYU Broadcasting NuSkin International
BYU Department of Theater and Media Arts Prime Restaurant Group
Capital Community Bank Property Solutions International Inc.
Cougar Mitsubishi Repartee Gallery
Conerstone Show Foundation Rocky Mountain Power
Custom Auto Decor SCERA
Daily Herald Tanner Capital Management
Donald & Merle Davis Thanksgiving Point
EOS Systems The Manor at Riverwoods
Fibernet The Shops at Riverwoods
Harris Architecture Utah Business Magazine
Intermountain Healthcare Utah Community Credit Union
Intermountain Vein Center Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jim & Tanna Evans  Utah Valley Magazine
 Kaleidoscope Pictures  


Sponsor Level (select one that best applies):

Actual Cash Amount (Skip if this donation is IN KIND):


"In Kind" services will be reviewed by the TSI Sponsor Committee and must be approved by the TSI Board.

Select all that apply:

Services (Sound, Tents, Printing, etc.)Food (Meals, Drinks, etc.)Lodging (Hotel, Residence, etc.)Advertising (Newspaper, Web, Radio, TV, etc.)Transportation (Golf Carts, Buses, Parking, Cars, etc.)Other:

Estimated Dollar Amount (will be verified by TSI Board*):

*Submitting this form is not an automatic acceptance. The form will be reviewed by the TSI Board, and you will be contacted shortly. Thank you!

Questions or Comments?




Performing at Timpanogos Storytelling Events

Timpanogos Storytelling aims to provide high-quality, family-friendly entertainment and education. Please keep this in mind as you consider materials to submit to us.

Festival Performance Areas:


Regarding the Festival, we currently use an invitation method for scheduling storytellers rather than an audition process. Please fill out a request (see below) to be considered as a storyteller at Timp. The Festival is generally scheduled two to three years in advance. The best way for you to impress our programming committee is to have strong samples of your work for us to look at. We (working in Utah) cannot make it to most venues to hear and see someone perform, so strong audio or video samples for us to see goes a long way. Also knowing where you have performed previously and where you will be performing in the future helps as we discuss and make our decisions.

Storyteller request link


Musicians & Puppeteers

Our puppeteer and musician slots are around a half an hour of performance time. These half hour breaks are between our one hour sessions of storytelling. By filling out this form you are requesting to be considered for one of these half hour slots.

Musican request link

Puppeteer request link


Timp Tell: A New Voice Showcase

This is your opportunity to join other professional voices from near and far that have graced our stages. This contest is held during the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and is a way for our audiences to meet new voices. Five finalists are picked each year and will compete during a Friday session at the Festival. With judges and Audience votes, the winner will then have the opportunity to share the stage with Donald Davis on Saturday.

Timp Tell entries have ended for the 2017 Festival. You can check the events page here for more info:

Timp Tell Events Page



Workshop and Performance

Workshop and Performance proposal submissions for the 2017 Conference, are due by December 31, 2016. The Conference will be held September 7, 2017 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.

Click here for the proposal form.

Tell us your story:



Contact Us

You can contact us using the information below or send us a suggestion or request by scrolling down to the online form at the bottom of the page.

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
5107 N. Edgewood Drive
Provo, UT 84604



Submit an Event

If you would like to feature an event on the Timpanogos Storytelling calendar page, click here to fill our our event submission form. Please submit event information at least two weeks prior to your event.

We would love to hear from you!



  • "The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers."

    Terri Guillemets

  • "One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something."

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."

    Elizabeth Andrew

  • "Because there is a natural storytelling urge in all human beings, even just a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing and delightful results."

    Nancy Mellon

  • "We are genetically programmed to learn through stories. It's who we are. It's how we function."

    Ty Bennett

  • "Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life."

    Pamela Rutledge

  • "Storytelling is by far the most underrated skill in business."

    Gary Vaynerchuck

  • "If you tell me, it's an essay. If you show me, it's a story."

    Barbara Greene

  • "We are story. It is an innate human capacity. It is one of the most powerful tools for making meaning."

    Barry Rellaford

  • “Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage."

    C.S. Lewis

  • “We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story."

    Mary McCarthy

  • “People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another."

    Studs Terkel

  • “We live in story like a fish lives in water. We swim through words and images siphoning story through our minds the way a fish siphons water through its gills.”

    Christina Baldwin

  • “There is no greater burden than carrying an untold story."

    Maya Angelou

  • “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

    Philip Pullman

  • “Every great love starts with a great story...”

    Nicholas Sparks

  • “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here."

    Sue Monk Kidd

  • “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

    Rudyard Kipling

  • “The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

    Brandon Sanderson

  • “Whatever story you're telling, it will be more interesting if, at the end you add, "and then everything burst into flames.”

    Brian P. Cleary

  • “You know what a storyteller is, don't you? It's a person that has a good memory who hopes other people don't.”

    Sandra Dallas

  • “Stories are not like the real world; they aren't held back by what we know is false or true. What's important is how a story makes you feel inside.”

    Tahir Shah

  • “When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller.”

    Robert McKee

  • “The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence.”

    Annette Simmons

  • “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

    G. K. Chesterton

  • “Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all.”

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • “If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”

    Barry Lopez

  • “Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader's arsenal."

    Howard Gardner

  • “You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.”

    Anthony de Mello

  • “Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic.”

    Jim Trelease

  • “Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven’t yet imagined.”

    Anne Watson

  • “What makes [the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival] such a jewel is the quality and integrity of the people behind the scenes.”

    Susan Klein

  • “Volunteering is a part of who these people are. It doesn’t come from a book or a desire to excel or have power. They are motivated by love for families and their community....

    Leticia Pizzino

  • “Unless we pass our stories on, they are lost forever. When we share them with our family, it makes us bigger, better, and more substantial.”

    Karen Ashton

  • “The value of storytelling in our schools is self-evident. It enhances the teaching of language skills – including reading, writing, and especially oral expression."

    Steven C. Baugh