How long have you been Volunteering at the Northwest Folklife Festival?
Approximately 15 years.
What position(s) do you take on at the Festival?
Volunteer Check-In, Hospitality, Volunteer Party, Info Booths, and Raising Donations from festival visitors.
What keeps you coming back?
The opportunity to see old friends and the opportunity to make a lot of new ones. The pleasant atmosphere. The great music and shows.
Name a favorite food, craft, art or music that you enjoy at Folklife.
Elephant ears are one of my favorite foods. It’s so huge and it tastes so good! I enjoy craft gazing and music listening.
Please share a funny story, good memory, or tip for new volunteers!
When you want someone to donate you have to be joyful. You can’t shy away because the opportunity will pass you by. Be assertive, and be willing to chat with anyone coming or going will guarantee you a bill in the till. I’ve had people say to me that they are just passing through, or tourists, or just want to get to the other side of the Center. All you have to do is tell them that, “No matter what the size (amount) of their donation turns out to be – you will discover during your short visit was worth it, tenfold.”