Guest Blog: Experience Volunteering for the First Time
It’s no secret that we are bursting with pride over our volunteer community. Friendships and great music continue to bring together a community of volunteers dedicated to planning and producing a world-class festival.
And we want you to join us! We are kicking off registration for new and returning volunteers with a new enewsletter full of important volunteer informaton and a monthly guest blog about the volunteer experience so that we can stay in touch with you – and you can stay in touch with each other!
Whether you have volunteered for 40 years, or whether this would be your first time – we can’t wait to share your stories!
Here's Michelle Precourt's story about her first volunteer experience.
As a first time volunteer with the Winnipeg Folk Festival, I wasn’t sure what to expect and since I committed to the whole festival there was no going back! I was placed on the Raffle crew and decided to join the Festival Campground crew, which meant selling tickets to those in the queue to get into the Festival Campground and it also meant being ready to sell tickets at 7:00 AM! So much for a lazy start to my morning, but it was a targeted audience so I thought, “this will be great!” – and it was! I sold five books of tickets to folks sitting in their cars waiting for their turn to get into the campground. People were very chill and excited about getting into the festival so they were more than happy to flip a toonie my way.
We wrapped up selling that day around 1:00 PM and from there it was back to the campsite for a well-deserved nap. The next day I made my way to the Festival Campground to sell tickets tent-to-tent. I was a little apprehensive at first as I didn’t want to get into people’s space, but once again, festival go-ers were welcoming. A smile and a ‘happy festival’ goes a long way! I continued walking through the tents and, on occasion, even if I didn’t sell a ticket it was a fun way to enjoy the weather and chat with folks. If you see a Raffle volunteer, a toonie goes a long way and – don’t forget – all funds go directly to the festival.
See you at the festival!
A friend and I at the 2014 Folk Fest!
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