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The Word On The Street Festival offers a variety of work experience for volunteers who want to help us make this year’s festival a success. It’s a great opportunity to be part of one of the largest outdoor festivals in Lethbridge and to contribute to your community. There is plenty of work to be done! And it can’t be done without your help — we would be nothing without our dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers.
We will be holding a volunteer orientation on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 pm, at the Main Branch Library in the Community Meeting Room.
Here’s where we need help:
Site set-up (6-8 Volunteers) 8:00 – 11:00 am
You will be involved with the set-up of:
You’ll be given a map that will outline how many tables/chairs are needed in each tent as well as layouts of the tents and stages.
Exhibitor Set-up (3-4 Volunteers) 8:00-11:00 am
Your job is to guide exhibitors to their proper booth within the marketplace tents and help them carry items to their space if needed. We will also require some people to direct vehicles while exhibitors are unloading in order to ensure everyone’s safety. This is especially important in the food area as the food trucks/carts can get quite large. You will also be answering any questions they might have.
Information Tent (3 Volunteers and 3 Staff) Shift work: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; 12:00 – 2:30 pm; 2:30 – 5:00 pm
The information tent area will be marked on the Event Guide Map you will receive upon arrival. You will be paired with a Library staff member for these shifts.
You’ll be responsible for:
Walkarounds and Crowd Counting (8 Volunteers) Shift work: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 2:00 – 5:00 pm
You’ll be counting the crowd. The day of the festival you’ll be given a map that shows the different counting zones, as well as, a schedule of when you need to complete the counts. It is difficult to count a crowd of people, so just do your best. DO NOT count festival guests at the performance stage area.
Face Painting (12 Volunteers – 4 each shift) Shift work: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 – 3:00 pm; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Face-painting is offered for free to festival guests. Volunteers are asked to work at whatever your skill/comfort level is.
Some Alberta Health Services regulations to note:
Site Clean-Up (8-10 Volunteers) 5:00 – 7:00 pm
You will be involved with the clean-up and removal of: