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We Need Volunteers!

We need over 300 dedicated volunteers to help make WRAL First Night Raleigh possible every year! Read the volunteer job descriptions listed below. We need assistance all day and all night on New Year’s Eve to make First Night happen. Every volunteer who commits at least 2.5 hours to WRAL First Night Raleigh will receive a FREE WRAL First Night Raleigh 2020 Volunteer Admission Pass to enjoy the festival following your volunteer shift.

If you have questions about volunteering, email our volunteer coordinator by filling out the form below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Children’s Activities & Crafts Helper

The Children’s Festival takes place from 2:00-6:00pm on December 31 and is practically an event in itself. Helpers work during the Festival to set up, usher and assist with the hands-on craft activities.

“The People’s Procession” Assistant

The People’s Procession takes to the streets at 6:00 to mark the beginning of the Evening Celebration. Assistance is needed to organize and help coordinate participants. Procession assistants also help the Paperhand Puppet Intervention with the movement of giant puppets, including Rhea. Most shifts last from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Admission Pass Checker / Usher

Check for admission passes or wristbands at a site entrance, aid in crowd control at a specific venue, and be available to the public for general event information. Most shifts last approximately 2.5-3 hours both early and late evening. We especially need button checkers for our later shifts, but don’t worry, you’ll be done by 11:00. We don’t want you to miss the countdown!

Volunteer Check-In Assistant

Help check in volunteers at “Volunteer HQ,” located in the lobby of
the NC Museum of History.

First Night Raleigh Ambassador

For those seasoned First Night volunteers, this assignment is perfect for you! You will be a walking information booth. Help direct patrons to sites, provide general First Night information, and help make visitors feel welcome in Downtown Raleigh. A familiarity with downtown and with First Night is helpful. Attendance at a pre-event meeting in the week prior to First Night is required.

Site Manager (must be pre-approved)

Manage the backstage area and supervise the set up and break down of a venue. Also serve as the point of contact for other volunteers. As the “stage manager,” the site manager is also responsible for supervising the operation of the stage, which includes keeping the schedule on time and welcoming the performers. Site managers are required to attend one pre-event meeting in the week prior to First Night and make a 6-8 hour commitment on December 31.

Office Assistant

Starting in early December and right up through the event, our office gets busy and we need support preparing materials and other odd jobs. We would like volunteers to commit a full morning or afternoon on any day leading up First Night. Our volunteer coordinator will work with you to determine a convenient time.

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