Many volunteers are required to help the two-day Boise Rec Fest, set for June 26-27, run smoothly. Event founder and director Brett Adler recruited Boise Young Professionals acquaintance Michelle Ross to be director of volunteers as part of the Rec Fest’s leadership team.
“It’s a challenge,” Ross said. “I think we weren’t anticipating needing as many volunteers. We’re looking at right around a thousand – that’s not the number of people; that’s the number of shifts and roles, that sort of thing.”
Asked how she’s pulling together a group that large, she stated, “You pull the friend cards and co-worker cards. BYP will participate, and different organizations. I’ve gotten the word out on Facebook and other social media, and many people have jumped on board with the Boise Rec Fest movement. Lots of individuals are signing up.”
She called it “a grassroots effort,” and explained something particularly important to the Rec Fest leadership team is to leave the least amount of “footprint” on Ann Morrison Park, where the event will be held.
Boise Rec Fest is green, she stressed.
So along with helping with sign-in and parking prior to and during the Fest, volunteers will help in cleanup and recycling efforts afterwards.
“I can say for sure there’s no way this event would be happening without the team of volunteers,” Adler said. “This is a community effort. Not any one individual can make this come together.”