CentreFest Seeking Volunteers!
Posted: Wednesday, June 15th 2011
For 363 days of the year, Ross Street and Gaetz Avenue function as roadways for vehicle traffic and parking. For two days, the four blocks where they converge are home to Central Alberta’s largest accessible, affordable, all-ages festival celebrating arts and culture. Transforming that blank asphalt canvas into CentreFest would not be possible without the support of volunteers. We cannot thank our volunteers enough.
Presenting CentreFest is a big job. We have a variety of needs, so it doesn't matter what skills you have - we have a place for you!
In addition to searching for individual volunteers, we are also looking for groups interested in volunteering. We need an environmental control team to help keep our site looking nice. CentreFest once again has a wonderful fundraising opportunity for a local organization to undertake. Each year, a local organization becomes the CentreFest Environmental Team, and helps maintain the cleanliness of the CentreFest site by helping keep waste collected and stored in designated areas, and by collecting recycling on site.
This is a big but not unmanageable job, that requires workers to be on site for the entire festival, a perfect job for energetic groups looking to make a difference in the community. The groups will receive an honorarium as well as get all bottles and cans to recycle.
The first question most interested groups ask is "how many people do I need?". This question is difficult to answer, as it depends on how much your volunteers want to do. We do require that our Environmental Team keep a watchful eye on all garbage receptacles and recycling bins. A large part of the role of the environmental team would be to patrol these garbage cans so they can be removed when full. There are a number of peak times when food court areas are busier, and garbage can pile up very quickly.
In the past we have had different types of groups take this job, including sports teams, dance groups, and not for profit organizations. We will have a volunteer coordinator on site to help with any issues you have as well.
CentreFest 2010 saw approximately 25, 000 people attend the festival over two days. This year, CentreFest will be located at the intersection of Ross Street and 49th Avenue on July 30 – July 31.