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

The 24th annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival was remarkable.  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 Distribution Set Up / Take Down (Setting up chairs, hanging signs, etc.) Weeding at Mount Timpanogas Park


 Tent Host/Hostess Tent Manager Parking Lot Attendant Shuttle Driver Information Booth Food (Assisting vendors, line control, etc.) Schools (Greeting Schools and escorting them to their assigned tents) Tickets Fanfare (Merchandise Tent) Emcee General On-site Volunteer


 Posters / Flyer Distribution Set Up / Take Down Tickets


 Emcees Retreats Facilities Fanfare (Merchandising) Food Hosting Music Puppetry Pottery Sponsors Tickets TimpChat (Writing, Editing, Social Media, Publicity) Volunteers Youth Tellers Contests

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.






Thanks to our Sponsors

Join us in thanking our Festival sponsors—because ticket prices could never cover the cost of the Festival, our generous sponsors make it possible to host this world-renowned event! Organizations provide financial donations, goods, or services that make this Festival a reality.
Ace Rents Inc Action Strategy   Ashton Family Foundation Avalon Tent and Party Beesmark Capital Community Bank • Cascade Golf Center  Chuck Barber Mitsubishi Conerstone Show Foundation • Custom Auto Decor Daily Herald Donald & Merle Davis • EOS Systems Fibernet Ginko Therapeutic Massage
Harris Architecture  Intermountain Healthcare  Intermountain Vein Center  Kaleidoscope Pictures  KBYU Eleven  Ken Garff Automotive Group • Kneaders Krispy Kreme Doughnuts KSL  KUER  Merill Lynch  Moxtek  NuSkin International  Prime Restaurant Group
Property Solutions International Inc.  Repartee Gallery • Rocky Mountain Power  SCERA  Symantec  Tanner Capital Management  Thanksgiving Point  The Shops at Riverwoods  Utah Community Credit Union  Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau  Utah Valley Magazine 

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.


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?




Why Submit a Story

Thank you for your interest in sharing your story, talents, and experience with others.  We need your help to increase the power of story in our lives, families, and communities.

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

How to Submit a Story

Do you have a story to share?  Do you have expertise in an area related to storytelling? We accept unsolicited stories and articles about storytelling.  Our general, ongoing needs are as follows:

How has the use of story benefitted you in the following areas:

  • Business – How story improves your effectiveness at work:  Please share how the power of story has helped you achieve a workplace goal, rally others around your mission or vision, and perpetuate the culture of your organization.
  • Education – How story helps you connect with your students, improve teaching effectiveness in all curriculum.
  • Parent and Family Relations – Family story sharing ideas:  What is a memorable family story?  Share what the story and the positive results it had for your family. Healing and moving forward from personal challenges, natural disasters etc.
  • Personal – How story improves your personal well-being: Please share how your life has been improved by hearing or sharing stories.  How story has helped you learn or teach an important value.
  • Community – How stories creates understanding and connection among people.  How story keeps your history or cultural traditions alive.

Other Tips

Here are a few other things you might consider as you prepare your submission:

All material must be family friendly and school appropriate.

Submit your best efforts. We are happy to work with tellers and writers whose work is accepted to make the article the best that it can be, but please send us your best work. Take the time to spell check and make other simple improvements.

We accept donated submissions only. Once a story or article is accepted and scheduled for use, we will contact the author with any questions or editing suggestions we may have.

What We Cannot Use

Unfortunately, there are some materials that we cannot use. Please do not send any of the following to the TSI website:

  • Submissions and stories that are not appropriate for all audiences
  • Stories or writing of which you are not the original author
  • Manuscripts sent anonymously or under a pen name

Please note that we cannot guarantee your story or article will be posted on the website.

Thanks Again

We appreciate your interest in the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute and hope that this information will be helpful to you as you consider sharing your stories and thoughts with the storytelling community.

Tell us your story:



Contact Us

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
234 West 540 North
Orem, UT 84058


Orem Public Library

Tickets:   801-229-7436 or 801-228-1350
School Outreach:   801-229-7436
Sponsors:   801-602-0151
Publicity:   801-228-1350

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