Q. What makes Pride happen?
Q: How many volunteers does it take to put on Pride?
A: It takes approximately 200 volunteers to build, run and clean up the Pride festival and promenade, with approximately 20 volunteers that work year-round to organize and develop the events. To be one of these folks, just fill out an application.
Q: What can I do to help make Pride happen?
A: There are many ways for you to participate at Pride. Many people prefer to contribute their time in more than one way! Some people prefer to volunteer year-round; others only help out during the event. Please see our list of volunteer opportunities to see what strikes your fancy. Then, just fill out an application
Q: Do I get a free ticket to the paid events if I volunteer?
A: That’s perhaps the most common question. Here’s the scoop: receiving a ticket in exchange for volunteering is incredibly rare. If it does occur it usually applies to people who work with-in the organization year-round as volunteers and are highly accountable. These are not roles that are easy to jump into. Generally a person will volunteer on a committee for a while, sometimes years. Then they become a board member or become more involved in other ways. It is best not to expect a free ticket for any volunteer work you do. Ask around, most people feel that volunteering not only brings you closer to the LGBT community, it enhances your experience at our events, and that alone is enough of a reward!
Q: Where can I learn more about the different committees and areas to volunteer in?
A: To find a brief description of each committee and their volunteer needs; check out the Volunteer Opportunities Page.
Q: Can I volunteer even though I’ve never been to Pride?
A: Yes! First timers are welcome to volunteer! There is plenty of work to do both on and off. Be aware, first timers Pridesters can find themselves completely overwhelmed by their experiences and don’t always fulfill their onsite volunteer commitments (even though they mean well and want to). You may want to consider volunteering your time before or after the event if it is to be your first Pride. If you do decide to lend a hand during the event, please make sure to schedule some relaxation into your day. Depending on your time, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is Do Not Sign Up for More than Two “Shifts” if this is to be your first Pride experience.
Q: How much time does volunteering take; do I have to volunteer all day?
A: Only you can decide how much time you would like to spend volunteering. Each “shift” is 2 to 4 hours long, depending on the role. For some roles, you’re welcome to volunteer as often as you like, be it one hour or all day. Other areas have a more structured schedule that’s followed. A few roles have training sessions that you should plan on attending. We do not encourage “walking up” to volunteer, so please plan ahead.
Q: Is there a volunteer briefing I should attend?
A: Yes! We have an informational briefing for volunteers to attend along with training sessions. These will usually be the week of the event; the person heading up your committee will reach out to you regarding the necessary information.
Q: Can I still volunteer even if I am unable to attend pre-event meetings?
A: Yes! We need your help! A great deal of work takes place during the event. If there is important information discussed in pre-event meetings it will be passes along via email. However, these pre-event meetings usually include door-prizes, so it’s recommend that you come so you don’t miss out!
Q: What should I do if I have a specialized interest or skill to contribute (such as rigging, event planning, medical, legal, computer knowledge)?
A: Please indicate any special interests or skills that you may have when filling out the Volunteer Application and we will try to connect you to the right person or committee. If you have checked off a special skill, that information will be stored in our database and quite possibly used to contact you for other volunteer needs in the future.
Q: Is volunteering fun?
A: Yes!!! Volunteering allows you to participate, meet new people, learn new things and will add to your and everyone else’s overall experiences.