This is a big shout out to the 2006 concert volunteers!! This year’s show was my smoothest yet and it was completely thanks to the most amazing volunteer staff we have ever collected. People were on time, taking on more than they anticipated, stepping in when help was needed – all the while smiling and thanking Farm Aid for the opportunity to help out. Frankly, it was every volunteer coordinator’s dream event.
I love the volley of emails that come after the show. Sadly, I am not able to talk with everyone during the concert because it is such a busy day. So, most of what I learn happens afterwards in a virtual debrief. Check out these comments from my hard working staff:
“I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time helping out this year. We started out helping out at the hotel counting merch and then went on to the venue to deliver the merch to all. Helped Katie out at the party on Friday night. (she is just adorable) and was thrilled at the turnout! She was like "There are famous people at my party--there are famous people at my party!"-she is just so cute. Checked in on Saturday morning at catering and connected with the catering staff. The caterer put us to work no problem and she loved my husband! He is a work horse, like her. We told her “Just tell us what you want and we will get it done.” Made the bread pudding, served folks, etc… until about 2pm. After that I wound up helping out escorting artist, radio people etc.... Everyone seemed at ease and really happy with the flow of the day. Hope all went well for you!”
Some are just a simple thank you:
“Had a great time! Thanks a million! Sign me up for next year!”
“Thank you so much for your wonderful organizing. I had a great volunteer experience and a wonderful time at the show.”
“I wanted to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to volunteer at this year's concert. It was such an amazing experience and I was so proud to be part of the event.”
My thanks to all of you. It was a real pleasure to work with such dedicated and caring volunteers. See you next year!