Everything you ever wanted to know about volunteering and were probably going to ask!
A Bloomsday Water Aid Station is a joint effort of working together to create camaraderie that is fun and fulfilling. It's a great way to spend a Sunday morning and to contribute to our community's well-being!
It's also a terrific way to "experience" Bloomsday!
The purpose of participation in Bloomsday
To support our community through involvement. By participating in and organizing a water aid station, we show Spokane our interest in being involved in city activities.
What to bring to the water aid station
A jacket, perhaps gloves for the early morning, a chair or two (per table), a rake and/or a shovel, and most of all your sense of humor!
There will be approximately 20 tables set up for each water aid station. Five or six people are needed to man each table at a given time. To relieve and rotate volunteers (so we can avoid tired arms and backs, cold hands, etc.) approximately 150 volunteers are desired.
Bloomsday suggests that children be at least 12 years old to work a water station. We understand that all children mature at different ages, so we are leaving this to the discretion of each parent. (When making your decision, please remember that it will be a long and busy day.)
What volunteers can expect
Volunteers need to assist with set-up, water distribution and clean-up. It's actually a lot of work, but we will have it cleverly disguised as fun. Let the runners get water from the tables, then clean up the mess they leave. There will be many energetic workers alongside of you and a lot of laughs. You won't even notice the work!
7:00 a.m. -- Early volunteers arrival time. There will be hot coffee, hot chocolate and donuts! A volunteer organization delivers 22 tables and 44 garbage cans with liners. A strong crew is needed when they arrive. Tables can be put in place and the cans pulled apart and place 2 cans between each table. We will put a liner in each can and secure it with a large rubber band.
7:00 a.m. -- Table Captains should be arriving to organize cups, gloves, tables, etc.
7:30 a.m. -- The bulk of volunteers should be on the site getting organized and preparing.
8:30 a.m. -- The garbage cans can be filled with water.
8:45 a.m. -- The race begins! Watch out, here they come! Now our work begins.
9:00 a.m. to Noon -- Now we fill cups! Runners will hit the first tables hard. When the first table runs out of filled cups, close it down and force the runners down the line to the remaining tables. We will continue doing this as the day progresses and the race winds down, utilizing the tables toward the end as the last runners and walkers finish the race.
12:00 Noon -- Clean-up begins, depending on the flow of traffic. The runners will be throwing their cups in the street and you will be raking up the mess. BRING YOUR RAKE/SHOVEL! All the debris is put in plastic bags and piled in one corner of the street for city pick-up (be sure to poke some holes in the bottom of your bags to let the water drain out). Bags filled with cups should be kept separate from other trash, so cups can be sent to composting. Don't forget the walkers! Leave at least one table with cups of water on it until the very last walker comes by.
DO NOT throw water on the participants as they go by! It is not well received as a joke, and can cause serious problems for the runners!
Our responsibility as water aid station workers is to provide Bloomsday participants with water and congratulations for a job well done. Our responsibility to the City of Spokane is to leave the sidewalks and streets as clean as we found them.
As you may have guessed by now, working at the water station is a lot of work, but it is also just as much fun and very rewarding. So come on down, bring a friend. A GOOD TIME WILL BE HAD BY ALL!!!
Interested? Please see information listed under Volunteers, Water Aid on the Bloomsday website.