June 30th, 2012
Booker T. Washington, an educator, author, and advocate for the African American community, once said: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” And we definitely agree that volunteering and helping others is it’s own reward. There are so many ways to gain from volunteering: learning skills, valuable connections, new friends, or even just feeling great about yourself! But we hope Mr. Washington wouldn’t be too offended if we suggest that occasionally it can be nice to earn a little something extra!
Event volunteering is the perfect way to get your dose of good karma with a little SWAG on the side. Check out these Getinvolved! organizations that are offering their volunteers free t-shirts, concert tickets, festival passes, and more in exchange for a little help with their events this summer:
July 7, The Underwear Affair: Get racy (in every sense of the word!) and join the BC Cancer Foundation‘s Underwear Affair. Strip down and join the runners or stay clothed as an event volunteer if you’re feeling modest. This posting is for the Vancouver run, but you can check out runs in other cities on the Underwear Affair Website.
July 28, Bore Music Festival: The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is launching this first annual fundraising festival in Hillsborough, NS. This year is also their silver anniversary this year, so don’t hesitate to bring a gift!
July 31, MIFF: You may not be spotting celebs at this film fest, but you could always be proactive and collect autographs from the next star-to-be. This year the Missisauga Independent Film Festival, next year Hollywood!
August 16-26, Edmonton Fringe Festival: Fringe Theatre Adventures claims that it takes a village to raise a fringe festival! If you’re a resident of this one, you might want to head down to the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and lend a hand. Psst: all volunteers are receive a festival T-shirt and loot bag, as well as the opportunity to attend shows!
August 19 & 29, MS Bike Tour: This year hundreds of cyclists will be riding to raise funds to help end multiple sclerosis. Now a 200 km ride is no small feat, so these guys are going to need your support! Grab your loudest cheering voice and join the Waterloo MS Bike Tour volunteer team.
August 23-26, BuskerFest: Watch the streets of Toronto come alive with musicians, magicians, and exhibitions at the annual BuskerFest! The weekend long event supports Epilepsy Toronto, which provides counseling, education, employment support, and advocacy to people living with epilepsy.