Written by: Sarah Roberts
Dear Future Volunteer,
I was nervous the first time I volunteered for FRFF. I am an introvert that gets nervous whenever I don’t know exactly what to expect in any given situation. What if I didn’t know what to do? What if I just didn’t know what to say to people? What if I’d be required to step out of my shell even though maybe that day I’d be feeling extra shelly? What if I just got bored? What if I messed something up? These poor people would regret the day they made a volunteer out of me!
Funny enough, exactly zero of the things I worried about came to fruition.
For starters, they were very clear about where I needed to go, when I needed to be there, and what I’d be doing. Most volunteer shifts are between three to four hours and basic descriptions are listed right on the website as you sign up. More info is given as you get closer to your shift and on the day of your shift. This level of clarity immediately helped to ease my nerves. I knew that the unexpected was prone to still happen, but I felt much more comfortable thanks to their diligence.
The “unexpected” came in the form of the conversations I had, how easily I forgot about my worries, and how my outlook on the festival took a completely new form. It felt great to feel like I was a puzzle piece, amongst so many other pieces, that came together to form a beautiful scene. I felt this as I watched the other volunteers smiling and laughing with patrons. I felt this as I watched people speak proudly of Winona to filmmakers and producers here experiencing our little town for the first time. I loved hearing the quick thinking and openness between staff as they worked with surprises that are bound to happen. I personally had the chance to meet a couple people that I had always wanted to talk with more. These were women that are known for doing great things for Winona and the festival. What a blessing to find myself volunteering alongside them. What if I’d let my fear of the unknown keep me from this experience? You never know what volunteering will bless you with. It’s just a couple years later and now I find myself on the board for the very festival I was so nervous to volunteer for.
I highly recommend going to our site and finding the shift that looks like the best fit for you. We have already filled 75% of the positions listed at this moment, so please don’t let this wait for too long. If you look at what we have available, but nothing appears to work for you, please contact
the FRFF Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and other arrangements may be made.
Your four hours are precious to us and we know that our beautiful scene needs every one of its unique pieces.
You receive a pass for volunteering your time and talents. This pass will give you access to over 65 documentary films. Please partake in the scene you helped create! Sense the buzz of excitement in your fellow patrons. Watch the new friendships building around you. Let the films inspire and challenge you! I look forward to standing beside you. Let the countdown begin!