By JAMIE VERWYS
Every October, the Tucson Meet Yourself festival turns the downtown area into a vibrant venue for food, music and performances that celebrate local cultures.
The event owes much of its success to volunteers who work behind the scenes and along festival-goers.
Meet Yourself is currently seeking help for this year’s festival, which will be held Oct. 10-12.
Volunteer opportunities are available in many areas, including folk art assistants, kitchen assistants, set-up teams, vendor hospitality and youth volunteering for ages 13-17.
For Pima Community College students, volunteering offers a chance to serve the community, network and become immersed in culture and the plentiful food, according to Volunteer Operations Director Hilary Walker.
“Tucson Meet Yourself is a folklife festival that features hundreds of folk artists, performers, food vendors and non-profit organizations from our Tucson community,” Walker said.
“These are often the people and organizations PCC students will be working with when they graduate,” she added. “The festival creates a platform for students to see our community at large in one location, in one weekend, and one way to enjoy the experience is by volunteering.”
Tucson Meet Yourself began in 1974 and is run by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Folklife Alliance.
The festival draws more than 100,000 visitors and needs 500-plus volunteers. Potential helpers should register as soon as possible to select the activity that interests them most.
Volunteers are asked to be flexible, as festival needs are subject to changes.
To register, visit TucsonMeetYourself.org/Volunteer and complete the signup form.