Volunteers sought for Montana Folk Festival
May 23, 2011
It's crunch time to sign up to volunteer for the Montana Folk Festival coming to Butte July 8-10. Volunteers are being sought in all areas of the festival.
"Our goal is to sign up at least 600 more pairs of helping hands from around Montana before July," said Josh Peck, Festival Coordinator. "Over the last three years, these folks have been the backbone of this event and we need their help to ensure the event's success."
Assignments in all areas of festival operations are now available.
To sign up today, volunteers only need to visit www.montanafolkfestival.com and click on "Volunteer" at the top of the main page, then use the online database or print out the sign-up sheet there.
Help is especially needed with site set up to help put the event together and for tear down to take it apart when the music stops.
Also, volunteers with language skills such as fluency in French and Spanish and ALS sign language for stage interpretation of performances are being invited to lend their skills to the effort.
Volunteer roles that still need to be filled by volunteers include backstage hospitality, hotel desk and transportation volunteers, help with volunteer registration, and volunteers in the marketplaces and at information booths, to name only a few.
Volunteer shifts can be as little as 4 hours during the festival weekend.
In return, volunteers receive a free T-shirt. The T-shirt colors that have been selected to match this year's theme -- Lure of the Land -- Connecting with Montana's Outdoor Heritage -- are Blue Ribbon Blue for Volunteers, Montana Summer Hill Tan for staff and Forest Green for the Commemorative shirts that list performers on the back.
The catch is that volunteers have to sign up by June 1 to be sure to get a shirt ordered for them.
For details about donating a few hours of time from July 1 through July 12 to help ensure the success of the Montana Folk Festival, visit www.montanafolkfestival.com and click on "Volunteer" at the top of the main page, or call 406-497-6464. For information about how the festival is shaping up, including schedules and maps, visit www.montanafolkfestival.com.