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The Rose Festival Wants You!

-Hailey Roberge, PRFF Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

As the Volunteer Coordinator for the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, I get the privilege of working with the tremendous volunteers who make the Festival happen each and every year! I truly believe we have some of the best volunteers in Portland; they do everything from stuffing envelopes and preparing pins to be sold at Fred Meyer stores to helping us keep our Cleanest & Greenest Festival status by volunteering for Grand Floral and Starlight Parade route clean-up! Volunteering has always been a staple of the Rose Festival; volunteers help decorate the floats that are in the modern-day Grand Floral Parade, which is a tradition dating back to the very first Rose Festival 103 years ago when four automobiles were decorated for the inaugural floral parade!

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Our cheerful office volunteers

When I see the dedication and passion our volunteers have for the work they do, I am amazed and proud. Our volunteers are the embodiment of our 2010 theme, "Rose Spirit"!

Volunteering benefits everyone involved. A great example of this is our recent "partnership" with a program called Steps to Success (STS) at Mt. Hood Community College. STS matches qualified candidates with volunteer opportunities in Portland-area businesses and organizations in order to gain work experience.

When I received an email from the coordinator of this program inquiring about our volunteer opportunities, I knew this would be a great volunteer partnership. We'd be receiving the volunteer support we need and the volunteers would be gaining the work experience they need! Last week we had our first "volunteer workday" with six volunteers from the program; I was amazed at all the pins they prepped for us! I called the coordinator back the next day to see when we could get them back in our office!

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Volunteers do the detail work on parade floats

There is one thing I know without a doubt: the Portland Rose Festival simply would not go on without its dedicated volunteers! Our festival is planned and implemented by our 120-member volunteer Board of Directors (which includes past presidents and honorary directors) and our 350+ events and office volunteers! Such a community celebration would not be possible without the support of the people who call Portland home.

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This could be you!

If you're interested in volunteer opportunities and how to get involved in the 2010 Portland Rose Festival, please sign up on the volunteer page at our website. Or you can contact me directly at 503.227.2681, HaileyR@rosefestival.org.

Thank you so much for your support!