The WGBH FunFest, a day of ice cream and music, returns Saturday, July 15 from 10am-4pm at WGBH Studios in Brighton. This fun-filled community event will feature ice cream from some of your favorite local vendors and live music performances by family-friendly artists. Kids will have the chance to play carnival games, jump on inflatables, get their face painted, and interact with beloved PBS characters!
WGBH is expecting 3,000+ attendees and we need your help. Please review all FunFest volunteer position descriptions listed below.
Contact Volunteer & Marketing Manager, Jaime Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30th if you would like to help.
Please include the following information in your email response:
• Full name
• School/Grade Level
• Top 3 volunteer positions in order of preference (e.g. concession stand, facepainter, icecream scooper, etc.).
• Preferred shift (Friday, July 14 from 2-7pm; or Saturday, July 15, 9am-1pm (staggered arrival times), 12:30-5pm, or full day)
Date: SET-UP on Friday, July 14; 2-7pm
Set Up Volunteer: Work with WGBH Event Production Team to bring event items and supplies from inside One Guest Street to WGBH’s visitor parking lot, staple tablecloths to vendor and activity tables, and set up signage and tarps.
Date: EVENT DAY on Saturday, July 15; THREE SHIFTS: 9am-1pm (staggered arrival times), 12:30-5pm, or full day. **The goal is to have first shift volunteers train second shift volunteers between 12:30-1pm.
Admission (9am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Sell FunFest tickets, check names off RSVP list, collect email ticket receipts and groupons, and help with line management.
Admission Line Hospitality (9am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Help manage admission lines. Offer free ice cream and water to those waiting in line. Distribute event maps and point guests in the right direction.
Concession Stand (12:30-5pm): Make and distribute popcorn or cotton candy to event guests.
Exit Volunteer (12:30-5pm): Stand by North Beacon Street exit to ensure no one enters and let guests know about exit behind the stage area.
Face Painter (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Design simple color images on kids’ faces. **Sample drawings will be provided as examples.
Food Sampler (9:45am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Distribute food and beverage samples to event guests.
Freezer Truck Runner (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Make sure ice cream is going to the correct vendor table. **Volunteers should be able to comfortably lift 30-40 pounds if necessary.
Ice Cream Scooper (9:15am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Serve delicious ice cream (provided by our generous vendors) to hungry guests in the mood for a refreshing sweet treat on a hot summer day.
Kids’ Carnival Games (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Provide guests with game instructions; help manage line and distribute prizes.
Kids’ Coloring Station (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Volunteers will keep the coloring area tidy, encourage kids to draw, and hang up artwork.
Kids’ Coding Activity (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Assists guests with PBS KIDS ScratchJr app using a tablet. Volunteers don’t need specific coding experience but should be able to use a tablet (iPad or Android). Familiarity with Scratch or ScratchJr would be helpful. WGBH Education will provide training once volunteers arrive.
Merchandise Assistant (12:30-5pm): Provide excellent customer service to our guests as they shop for event keepsakes.
Moonbounce Patrol (9:30am-1pm): Help maintain moonbounce order, group kids by age to ensure safety, manage line, and keep track of jump time to keep line moving.
Parking Volunteer (9:30am-1pm): Wave to traffic on One Guest Street; direct cars inside garage for event parking.
Water Cooler Volunteer (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm): Refill water jugs, replenish cup supply, make sure guests know water is available – and stay hydrated!
This is going to be a great event but your support is crucial! Volunteers put the “FUN” in this “FUNTASTIC” event.