Opportunities abound for those who wish to participate in NEAC’s efforts to help the arts flourish in North East. An annual membership is the simplest form of support as the annual dues are used for operating expenses of the Cultural Center, supplies and instructors fees. Volunteers are needed to sustain the quality of both annual programs and individual events. Class instructors, artists and volunteers for gallery shows and children’s activities are needed. A fifteen-member board of directors also has periodic openings for any North East resident who is interested to serve. Each late September, the North East Chamber of Commerce sponsors Winefest, a celebration of the grape harvest that dominates North East for the month. NEAC joins with the McCord Public Library to provide more than 400 volunteers to serve wine in the popular wine tent during the festival. For this valuable assistance, the wineries and festival sponsors make a major donation to support each nonprofit organization.