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Volunteer organizers for the City of Winters Fireworks Show are seeking roughly two dozen volunteers to help staff various jobs at the annual show, scheduled for July 3. In addition to staffing key roles such as gate control, volunteers help raise the funds that provide for the annual community event.

Sign up to volunteer at https://bit.ly/fireworkheroes.

Volunteering at the annual fireworks show takes four forms:

  • Parking attendants: Help take money at parking lots. Job is done when the fireworks start or the parking lot is full. Group needs eight to 12 volunteers.

  • Food truck wranglers: Help to organize food trucks along Hemenway Street, keep an eye on things, and keep people from parking in loading zones. Job is done when the fireworks start. Event requires one to two volunteers.

  • Welcome staff: Welcome visitors, enforce no alcohol policy and take donations at the gate. Event requires six to nine volunteers.

  • Pickup crew: Combs parking lot and pool area on the day after the event to ensure no garbage or fireworks shells are left behind to pollute the event spaces. Event requires two to three volunteers.

Non-cleanup volunteers meet in the afternoon for a safety and coordination meeting, one hour before attendees are expected to arrive. Volunteers are required to wear a safety vest and carry a walkie talkie.

Exclusive seating opportunities are available for volunteers and their family. Event staff expects five to seven thousand attendees.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the event: advance and gate donations, along with parking and food truck fees, constitute the event’s only fundraising source. Last year, volunteers raised $2,541 in parking funds alone. City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa reports that, with $4,500 in the public fireworks fund, $16,000 in fundraising is needed to cover all costs.

Contact volunteer organizer Taylor Buley at buley@outlook.com with any questions.

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