This guest post written by Karen Eylon, former director of the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, one of the original Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival organizers and Ohio tourism enthusiast!
How can you get free admission to one of Central Ohio’s most popular music festivals, make friendships and create great memories all in just a few hours?
Volunteer for the 2014 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (CBJF), Gahanna, Ohio’s signature event! It’s easy. Consider sharing a little of your time and talents June 20-22, and enjoy! In fact, hundreds of CBJF volunteers have been creating friendships and fond memories for more than 15 years.
The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, produced by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, relies on volunteers, not only for the three-day event, but year-round with those who also serve on the planning committee.
The festival started 16 years ago as a half-day event with a handful of volunteers and has grown into an award-winning three-day celebration, requiring help and support from more than 400 generous volunteers.
Whether you volunteer for a few hours (a typical shift is four hours) or a few days, you’ll walk away enriched by your generosity. Aside from getting a complimentary weekend admission pass and festival t-shirt, volunteers frequently share that their experience provides additional and often, MORE meaningful benefits. Their feelings of belonging to something bigger, being a part of the “festival family,” experiencing a renewed sense of community pride, and making new and lasting friendships; are well worth their investment of time and energy. CBJF volunteers tend to come back, year after year. In fact, we have several who have been lending a hand for more than 14 years.
The festival offers a variety of opportunities for every skill set and interest, from helping musicians to lending a hand with kids’ activities and beyond. To find an opportunity that best suits your interests and schedule, visit www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com
The relationships that I have made with volunteers from the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival are lasting and enduring. I have dear “festival” friends of all ages and am so grateful. We stay in touch either in person or via social media and share the joys and trials of life. I’ve been able to watch students who volunteered many years ago from Gahanna Lincoln High School, get married and start families, as well as mature friends now enjoying their grandchildren. I’m reminded daily of the gift of friendship that has resulted from the festival, when I look down at a bracelet that I wear. It holds a charm that was given to me by one of my most treasured friends, whom I met through CBJF.
I’ve witnessed employees volunteering together on behalf of their organization; experience a deeper appreciation for one another and a renewed spirit of camaraderie, thanks to the teambuilding experience at the festival.
More than world-class music and family fun, the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival has been a wonderful reminder to me of what makes life truly rewarding. Consider giving of your time, so that you too can experience the fulfilling benefits that come from volunteering. Oh and by the way, welcome to the family!
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