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Berlin Chamber offering opportunities for volunteers

(Feb. 19, 2015) The Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center are kicking off a new campaign to encourage volunteers.
Prospective volunteers can sign up to work during specific times in the center, or during specific events in town.
“It’s whole big volunteer push,” Chamber Administrator Jim Volk said. “We have posters we’re going to put up around town and we’ve developed an online form where people can sign up to volunteer just by visiting our website.”
The chamber is seeking volunteers during Spring Celebration on April 4, Spring Cruisers on May 16, Jazz and Blues Fest on June 6, Bath Tub Races on July 17, Fiddler’s Convention Sept. 18-20 and Fall Cruisers on Oct. 10.
Volk touted volunteering as “a great way for students to get their community service hours.”
“With Spring Celebration coming up on April 4, for instance, we have needs because we are hopefully going to have costumed characters and we’ll have different game booths for the kids. So that’s something where somebody could volunteer for one event, it’s one day, and it’s not a commitment for a lifetime or an entire summer.”
Plenty of opportunities also exist for retirees.
“There are lots of things for them to do, especially at the Visitor’s Center, where’s it’s not as strenuous activity,” Volk said. “They would be getting training as far as the history of the town, the events and the businesses so they can make recommendations and give guidance, but then they can basically sit down inside the center.
“Generally, for the different events, we will match whatever their physical capabilities are with the different functions going on,” Volk continued. “At each event there are things that would be suitable for everyone from high school age to a retiree.”
The biggest areas of need, according to Volk, are the Fiddler’s Convention and Jazz and Blues Bash, as well as the upcoming Spring Celebration
“Right now, the iron is in the fire, so we’re real anxious for people to raise their hand, so to speak, for that particular event,” Volk said.
Although the campaign officially begins in March, Volk said he has already received positive responses from the community.
“We have a great history of volunteerism in Berlin, and the benefits are many,” he said. “You make new friends, you meet your neighbors, there are just so many positive aspects of volunteering.”
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