Every year the Roncesvalles Polish Festival needs a great number of volunteers to keep it running smoothly. We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for August and September 2016.
Volunteers ensure a safe and enjoyable Festival by directing visitors, supporting the Roncesvalles Polish Festival Team, and assisting with setup/ teardown. This is fun, easy work that can be applied to your high school or community service hours.
Festival Marshals: During the festival, maintain side street closures, provide directions to participants, ask people to dismount from their bicycles when entering the festival route and redirect traffic.
Barricade Personnel: Ensure barricades are kept in place at certain locations, alternate with patrol personnel and follow through with above Festival Marshal Volunteer description.
VIP Parking Lot Attendants: Maintain the entrance and exit of vehicles into the designated parking lot using barricades and list of VIP & Dance groups provided. This lot must be kept clean so advise all users to maintain cleanliness. Only exceptions for entrance/exit would be on provided list and; of course, emergency vehicles.
VIP Assembly Room Attendants: Located in High Park Library, limit access to VIPs and Dance groups and direct them to the relaxation area and assembly area.
Beer Garden Clean-up Team: Assist Beer Manager with cleaning up tables after patrons vacate or when you see empty plastic cups on tables, ask patrons if okay to remove.
St Casimir Church Hall Attendants: Provide a certain amount of security for Polish items on display, control number of viewers in hall at one time and provide direction to those entering Church Hall.
Dancer Escorts: Escort on stage dancers after performance to either Festival North or South gates and upon arrival at gates assist dancers with handouts.
Volunteer Break Relievers: Upon direction of Volunteer Coordinator, replace volunteers at various locations for maximum 20 minute breaks.
Street Closure Team: Set-up barricades at designated streets with assistance of second volunteer and post signage to barricades as required.
Parking Meter Bagging: Place bags marked “No Parking” over designated parking meters throughout Festival site. Will not take place until 8:30 pm on Friday night.
VIP Reception Attendants: Control the exit of alcoholic beverages at the Friday Night VIP Reception.
VIP Parking Lot Attendants for Friday VIP Reception: Maintain the entrance and exit of vehicles into the Designated parking lot using barricades and list of VIPs attending the reception. Direct VIPs to Prints Charming location at 388 Roncesvalles Avenue (west side), in first block south of Howard Park Avenue. This event takes place on the Friday evening.
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
After you’ve completed the application below, you will receive a confirmation of your application, requested date(s) and shift time(s) from the Volunteer Coordinator – Skip McWatters, a few days after your application is submitted.
You will be forwarded by email an Orientation Package by Monday September 5th. Included will be an outline of your job description for all the Volunteer positions. If you do not receive by Friday September 9th, email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@polishfestival.
Please arrive at the designated Volunteer Centre on time. You must sign in and our at the Volunteer Centre.
You will be given an Event T-shirt at the beginning of your first scheduled shift. Please wear this T-shirt during the entirety of your scheduled shift(s). It is important that we can locate our volunteers in a large crowd with these T-shirts.
Besides your Event T-shirt, make sure that you dress comfortably. Bring along your own caps, sunglasses and sunscreen if necessary. If rain is forecasted, bring along your rain wear and umbrellas. Please do not bring valuables. The festival will not be held responsible for any lost belongings left at the Volunteer Centre.
You will be given a food voucher at the Volunteer Centre when you arrive for your first shift every shift you work.
Volunteers may not smoke while on shift.
There are scheduled breaks. Please stay on duty until your relief volunteer arrives.
Join our team by filling out the form below.
2016 Volunteer Registration Form