I DON'T LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA, CAN I STILL VOLUNTEER?
We have volunteers from many states, most of whom are long term volunteers who have moved out of Memphis and come back in May to volunteer. Volunteers must commit the time necessary to learn and perform the tasks by attending committee meetings for training and orientation. All volunteers must attend the committee’s Volunteer Orientation (1st meeting for every committee). Additional meetings (generally 3 to 4) will follow for more detailed training with your committee and attendance of at least 2 of these meetings is required.
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD I BE EXPECTED TO COMMIT?
We ask volunteers to contribute a total of sixteen hours of volunteer time. In addition, there are training and orientation requirements for each committee. We understand how valuable your time is and we promise to do our very best to make sure the time you give us is worthwhile and enjoyable.
HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE AND INVOLVED?
We will notify you of important information by email or (by request) USPS mail. Check back on our website from time to time for Monthly Updates. Once you are assigned to a committee, your chairperson may be contacting you directly. Be sure to ask your chairperson what is the best way they wish to be reached, as they will be your link to the on goings of that specific committee.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND MEETINGS FOR MY COMMITTEES?
Yes. Our volunteer committees have such an in-depth involvement with the Festival that your participation is vital to the success of not only the committee but also the event itself. The committee meetings are carefully designed to offer several things.
- Communicating important information and training specific to that committee.
- Signing up for and confirming shifts.
- Social and personal interaction with other committee members- a chance to make friends!
If you cannot attend a committee meeting but still want to be involved, please contact your chairperson directly.
CAN I BE ON MORE THAN ONE COMMITTEE?
Absolutely! Many of our volunteers serve on multiple committees, but usually no more than TWO. If you are a new volunteer, we recommend one committee. Be sure when you are signing up for your shifts that you do not schedule yourself to be in two places at once. Regarding BBQ committees, we suggest that you serve on only one as the shifts for these committees do overlap.
WHAT IF I WANT TO VOLUNTEER WITH A FRIEND?
Make sure you and your friend sign up for the same committee. Be sure to attend the committee meeting and tell your chairperson you would both like to work the same shift's. This can almost always be accommodated.
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