2014 Alberta Summer Games organizers still looking for volunteers
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 10:13 am
The countdown to the 2014 Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie is on and event organizers are still looking to fill volunteer positions to make the Games the best yet.
“We definitely have a very good base (of volunteers) at this point, but the window (of needed volunteers) we’re talking about is about 500 to 1,000 to make sure we don’t overwork our volunteers,” said Rob Jamieson, co-ordinator with The Games.
However, he said the need for volunteers will likely be even greater because though they are estimating 3,200 athletes and coaches descending on the city for the July 24 to 27 event, there is no way to know how many parents, grandparents and friends of athletes will come too.
“As great as it would be to say we need X amount (of volunteers) to cover 3,000, we know we’re going to need more,” Jamieson said.
He said the volunteer positions they are in most of filling right now are supervision the athletes’ village and the food centre where no special skills are required to volunteer.
“There are opportunities where specific skills are needed but for the most part the need is just a body (to fill the volunteer spot),” he said.
A June 16 press release from The Games indicates volunteers are still needed for athletes’ and official’s registrations, opening ceremonies, the athletes’ dance, medal ceremonies, the volunteer appreciation and closing ceremonies.
Volunteers will also help with score keeping, photographing the Games, transporting and setting up equipment, controlling traffic, setting up signs and barricades, providing first aid and helping keep the athletes hydrated.
“We just want people to share in the experience and make sure it’s a great experience for coaches and athletes coming in,” Jamieson said.
He added volunteering is a great way to see parts of The Games for free and gives Airdrie the opportunity to shine and show off our community spirit.
“Internally, Airdrie has such a great reputation for volunteering and we want to showcase that and highlight how the community can come together,” Jamieson said.
The Games organizers are also looking to sponsors for help and will be holding a private sponsor appreciation breakfast on June 24 to recognize sponsors and recruit volunteers.
“It gives us an opportunity to thanks our sponsors and talk to them about getting their employees involved,” Jamieson said.
The Games needs all types of volunteers from individuals, families, groups or corporate teams and is a way to celebrate each other and the community.
“It’s all hands on deck,” Jamieson said.
For more information or to volunteer, visit 2014airdriegames.ca