Bonnaroo Chris: Giving Back + Volunteering
Updated: Feb 7
By: Bonnaroo Chris from BonnarooChris.com
Support any local, national or international charity whose mission speaks to you.
Having worked in the nonprofit industry for a long time, I can tell you that January/February is the worst time of year in terms of charity fundraising. Sure, the holidays are generous and that generally gets everyone through but sometimes it's close. If you have a favorite charity, a spare $20 bucks could make a difference for them right now.
An easy way to give back right now, from your phone:
Coin Up App
The easiest way to donate to charity is round up your digital spare change every time you shop. That's what the Coin Up App does for you. Download the app, choose the max amount you want to donate each month, select your favorite charity and you're done! Turn spare change into meaningful change. https://www.coinupapp.com/
Volunteer Volunteering offers a positive feeling of accomplishment in return for some hands-on experience. I've attended Bonnaroo many times, in many ways and the most rewarding option for me, by far, has been as a volunteer. That's not to say it's easy. Doing all the Bonnaroo stuff on top of a volunteer shift makes for a long flipping day. But you're getting a free ticket to a magical place AND you're doing something good for world. When I look back each year, the effort was totally worth it.
I receive lots of inquiries each year about volunteering in exchange for a ticket to Bonnaroo. Your first stop should be with C'roo, the official Bonnaroo volunteers. You'll work three six-hour shifts before or during the festival. Repeat volunteers get seniority and better choices.
If that doesn't suit you, check out Clean Vibes and their events page. They service a lot of festivals nationally in case you're looking to attend other events. You'll buy a ticket to the festival through their system and they'll refund you once your service is completed. You can work shifts before, during or after the festival.
Another option is volunteering with a vendor or organization that is exhibiting at the festival. If you don't know anyone affiliated with such a group, I recommend networking online. Inforoo and a number of the Facebook groups talk about volunteer opportunities. If you start looking for volunteer stuff, you'll definitely find a position. Be a good volunteer and a positive inspiration for others!
Be on the lookout at Bonnaroo: You'll discover a handful of organizations at the festival in an area called Planet Roo. All sorts of organizations are represented, ranging from Oxfam to the Tennessee River Coalition, each with a unique mission. Find Planet Roo and go say hi to these folks. I promise you'll be inspired.
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