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Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee still seeking volunteers for events leading up to the big game

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee still seeking volunteers for events leading up to the big game

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Football is back! And while there’s a whole season of games to play before the Super Bowl next February in Glendale, the host committee is still seeking volunteers to help in various ways leading up to the big event.

Super Bowl LVII is set for Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. Even though it’s still months away, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has a lot of work ahead. That’s why last month, the committee launched a volunteer program called TEAM AZ, presented by Avnet and PetSmart.

The group’s goal is to get 5,000 volunteers signed up who will serve as ambassadors for events leading up to the Super Bowl. That could include welcoming guests at airports, hotels and other other locations. If you’re interested in volunteering as part of TEAM AZ, click or tap here to apply.

There are a couple of things to note: You have to be at least 18 years old and applying means you’ll go through a formal process including a background check. Volunteering also won’t get you into the actual Super Bowl. TEAM AZ support won’t be needed in the stadium on game day.

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Community fundraising events need volunteers for success

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After two long years with no community or fundraising events, individuals and families have had the opportunity to choose from a variety of festivals, concerts, and fundraising events throughout Hastings Prince Edward County this summer.

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August and September will continue to offer the opportunity to get out and enjoy festivities. Not for profits and organizations rely on fundraisers and events to support critical programming in the community. Business benefits from individuals traveling to our community and supporting our hotels, restaurants and various stores. Tourism is critical to our economy and last weekend despite the heat hundreds of people attended the 12th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters/YMCA Ribfest at Centennial Park in Quinte West.

Events of this magnitude cannot run without the support of volunteers. The weekend event had over 50 volunteers donate over 1,000 volunteer hours in three days, thank you to all our volunteers for your unwavering support.

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On August 19, 20, and 21 West Zwick’s Park will be the site for Quinte Ribfest supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters and YMCA. We still have some volunteer spots available if you have your smart serve we have front and back bar openings, students looking for some volunteer hours can assist selling pop and water, assist in tasting tent, cleaning up and handing out wet naps, and on the gates. We are looking for adults to assist with 50/50 and ticket sales, gates and clean up. Kid Zone volunteers assist with activities. Come out enjoy Ambush on Friday night and Bentwood Rocker on Saturday Night and support two important organizations in HPE.

The first-ever Quinte Watersports Fair is planned for Saturday September 10. All organizations active in non-motorized watersports clubs, service providers, equipment suppliers will be exhibiting at the Fair, being held in the Lions Pavilion in West Zwick’s Park. This event is to bring awareness to the World Rowing Tour, which begins the following day and build excitement in all communities in the Quinte region about the potential of the Bay of Quinte for fitness and fun for all.

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The Fair organizers which include a rowing club, a sailing club and a paddling club would like to be able to offer some extra activities, such as short ‘round-the-buoys races’ between different types of boat, for example a coxed quad rowing boat and a kayak for club crews. Also build and race a cardboard boat for families. Organizers need some volunteers to organize and assist these events. Volunteers must be able to give a few hours per week from now until the event date, including September 10.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

Community Development Council Good Food Bag program is urgently recruiting volunteers including drivers, drivers’ assistants, packers, individuals to load and unload trucks, complete phone calls, cleaner and tidy area. Some heavy lifting involved in positions. Full training provided.

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Prince Edward Community Care needs volunteers to help in the Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton. Shifts are 3 hours per week 10am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm. No experience is necessary, full orientation and training is offered. There are always experienced volunteers on site. All pandemic safety measures are in place. Positions include cash desk and sorting and price items. Community Care is particularly in need of volunteers to take a shift on Saturdays.

VIQ is currently seeking individuals interested in volunteering at Charity Bingos. Duties include calling back Bingos, assisting with payouts and monitoring games. Both Matinee and Main Bingo time slots are available. If you are 16 years of age or older and are interested in supporting Charity organizations, please contact.

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Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back from September 19 to 25 supporting Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help with cookie decorating in each of the locations. This is a great opportunity to come out, support your hospital and have a great time. Perfect for students to achieve your high school volunteer hours.

Quinte Conservation is currently seeking volunteers to assisting with organizing and executing their 75 Anniversary Artisan Market Fundraiser. Duties include supporting committee with various components such as silent action items, setup and teardown, traffic control and crows control and providing information to guests and more. This will be an outdoor event.

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Belleville General Hospital Foundation is seeking a volunteer to act as a Mascot. Dr Max the Moose travels to various events, cheque presentations and fundraisers to bring awareness to the work of Belleville General Hospital Foundation. Bookings for Dr. Max the Moose could take place anytime of year, are often outside.

Volunteer & Information Quinte refers volunteers to more than 275 agencies throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to fulfil the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at for more information volunteer opportunities and “Help Us Help Others.” VIQ is a United Way Member Agency.

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‘I’ve always liked this festival’: Folk Festival volunteers from all over ensure events’ success

'I've always liked this festival': Folk Festival volunteers from all over ensure events' success

When the Winnipeg Folk Fest returned for the first time since the pandemic, it wasn’t only a welcome return for festival-goers, but also the volunteers that make Folk Fest happen.

“I just have this love affair with the folk festival,” long-time volunteer Sean Ledwich said.

The sound of folk music, food, and friendly atmosphere first drew Ledwich to the event as a young man. After being a life-long attendee, he’s been volunteering with Folk Fest for roughly 15 years.

Earlier this year, Folk Fest put out a call looking to fill volunteer spots. A month prior to the event they were on track to be about 500 volunteers short.

Despite some changes such as removing a service where volunteers safeguard attendees’ bags, Ledwich says this year feels like any other.

 “I find when I’m walking around the site with a volunteer pass, even if I don’t have my volunteer shirt on people notice it and ask questions.”

The pull to donate time is not limited to Manitoba’s borders.

Minnesota resident Donna Olston has been coming to the festival since the 80s. Now, as a registered nurse, she is volunteering in the first aid tent for the first time.

“I come up here on vacation to Folk Fest,” Olston said. “It is so eclectic and you can hear the music, you can see the people.”

David Mertz, a volunteer who is also from Minnesota, decided since he loved the festival so much he would volunteer.

“I’ve always liked this festival so then I just said I gotta start volunteering,” Mertz said.

That love from volunteers is felt by festival attendees.

“I love just wandering around, listening to beautiful music, being with beautiful people. I think it’s the happiest place on earth,” seven-time festival attendee Alana Garcia said. “It’s just a laid back relaxed wonderful time. Lots of good memories made.”

It was worth the two-year wait for second-time attendee Michele Rice.

“I was with my daughter and it was amazing. And it’s amazing again,” Rice said.

Clark, 8, said other kids “should come every year. It’s really fun.” 

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Volunteers needed for community tree-planting events

Volunteers needed for community tree-planting events

The last two years have been difficult for the South Simcoe Streams Network – with most of its community tree-planting and other events put on hold, due to COVID.

For the past 12 years, South Simcoe Streams Network, a program of Nottawasaga Futures, has worked with local schools, municipalities and environmental organizations in South Simcoe to initiate and support projects resulting in healthier streams, improved wildlife habitat and cleaner water. Its goal is to engage the public and create “community awareness and appreciation of stream and river resources.”

Among its most effective programs have been the Community Work Days, when volunteers come together to plant native trees and shrubs along local streams and rivers.

Now that COVID restrictions are lifting, the Network is back with a full line-up of community work days, and looking for volunteers willing and able to help plant native species of trees and shrubs along local streams and waterways.  

Planting events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

. Saturday, April 23 in the Fraser Creek Tributary at Henderson Memorial Park, Line 9 Bradford West Gwillimbury.

. Saturday, April 30 at Sheldon Creek, southwest of Alliston in Adjala-Tosorontio.

. Sunday, May 1 at Beeton Creek, in the north end of Beeton, New Tecumseth.

. Saturday, May 7 at Leonard’s Creek in Alcona, Innisfil.

. Saturday, May 14 along the Nottawasaga River, northwest of Loretto in Adjala-Tosorontio.

. Sunday, May 15 along the Nottawasaga River near Hockley Valley, Mono.

. Saturday, May 28 along the Nottawasaga River at Gold Park Gate in Essa Township.

Anyone wishing to participate in a planting event is asked to register at here or contact Silva Pedrazzi, at or 705-440-9129 for more information.

Please indicate which planting event you wish to participate in. Volunteers will be provided with a waiver and a volunteer checklist; masking is encouraged.

South Simcoe Streams Network invites all environmentally-minded residents to come out, enjoy the out-of-doors and a friendly community atmosphere, while participating in an orientation at each site and helping to support the environment by restoring natural habitat. Students will earn community service hours.

Community Work Days are made possible in part with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Dufferin-Simcoe Land Stewardship Network-County of Simcoe Tree Program, as well as funding from Conservation Authorities, landowners, industry and businesses, local municipalities, schools, service and outdoor clubs – and volunteers.