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Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2017 Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival! The festival needs the assistance of more than 500 volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible. We are very appreciative of any time and commitment you give to help make this event a success for the community of Bryan.

If you are a non-profit or civic organization interested in volunteering to raise money for your group, please email info@texasredsfestival.com before signing up. ***NEW THIS YEAR*** All shifts that require TABC certification will receive 1.5 hours of credit for every hour worked towards group compensation. 

 

Before you sign-up, please take a moment to review the following information:

  1. Read through the Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer.  To work as a Wine or Beer Server, you must be at least 18 years of age and TABC certified to serve alcohol. The course is approximately 2 hours long and you may receive certification online at www.learn2serve.com.
  3. On the online registration form, the fields which have a star (*) beside them are required and must be completed.  Please note that the information on the form will only be used for background check and TABC certification purposes.
  4. You may sign-up to work multiple shifts.  However, please ensure the shifts do not overlap if they are at different locations.
  5. You will receive an automatic e-mail confirming your selected positions and shifts. If you do not receive the e-mail shortly after you register, please check your spam folder.  If you are still unable to locate it or do not have an e-mail address, please call 979-822-4920 to confirm your registration.

To view your selected shift(s) or to cancel prior to September 22, click below.

Shift Verification or Cancellation

 

Group volunteering

We hope your group or organization will be able to volunteer at Texas Reds this year as we really need your help. The festival layout will be spread out throughout Downtown Bryan.

With this Main Street design, we encourage groups to work together in the same area or location on Saturday or Sunday. In other words, each organization chairman selects an area they want to host and obtains volunteers from their group to fill the designated shifts. This format will be a great time for a group to work together and spend time as a unit instead of being separated throughout the festival. In addition, you can use this event to have your organization recognized by the entire community. Families within an organization also are encouraged to volunteer together so they can experience firsthand how to really “make a difference” in our community! We do understand that everyone does have different schedules, so your group is also allowed to sign up for individual shifts throughout the festival.

If you are interested in volunteering as a group, please contact info@texasredsfestival.com.

Come help us create a festive, community-building event which will be fun for all. Come help us make Texas Reds 2016 a success.

Q: How do I apply to be a volunteer?
A: You may register directly online by clicking HERE. If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact 979-822-4920 for assistance.

Q: Where can I find descriptions about the different volunteer positions available?
A: Volunteer job descriptions are listed by each shift. Please click the "view job description" link next to each title. 

Q: Are there any special perks to being a volunteer for Texas Reds Festival?
A: Besides the camaraderie of taking part in this community festival, you’ll get a volunteer t-shirt to wear during your shift.

Q: Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
A: Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer unless you have special permission to sign up as a group.

Q: Can I volunteer for more than one shift?
A: Absolutely. Many volunteers enjoy the variety and experiences of different areas. If it weren’t for those who do sign up for more than one shift, we probably wouldn’t fill all of the necessary positions.

Q: Can I volunteer with my friend or family member?
A: Yes. Please ensure that you both sign up for the same work area and shift.

Q: Where do you need the most help?
A: Our greatest need is for Wine and Beer Servers. You must be 18 years of age to serve wine or beer and be TABC certified at the time of the event. TABC certification can easily be obtained online for a nominal fee.

Q: Will you have a volunteer orientation/training?
A: Pre-festival training will be required for ID Checkers and Ticket Booth Cashiers. Further details will be provided to those volunteers at a later date.

Q: Can my child/family member accompany me on my shift?
A: It is really important that all volunteers are focused first on the work they are doing for the festival. Your family member is free to sign up and volunteer with you if they are at least 18 years old.

Q: Can I earn community service hours while volunteering?
A: Of course. Bring your paperwork with you to Volunteer Center and we would be happy to complete any required forms for you at the end of your shift.

Q: Where do volunteers park?
A: More information on parking will be provided to volunteers at a later date. Parking will be very scarce downtown and many of the streets will be completely closed. You are encouraged to have someone drop you off downtown close to the Volunteer Center OR to park at Blinn College and take the Texas Reds shuttle bus downtown. If you plan to take the shuttle, please be sure to leave plenty of time to park, check in at the Volunteer Center and make it to your assigned location by your start time.

Q: What time should I show up for my shift?
A: Please try and get to the Volunteer Center at least 15 minutes prior to your shift start time so that it gives you enough time to sign-in, and make it to your assigned location. If you plan to park and take the shuttle downtown, please allow yourself at least 40 minutes leeway time to make it to volunteer check-in and to your designated work area.

Q: How do I get in as a volunteer?
A: The volunteer t-shirt you will be given is your access in to the festival for your volunteer shift. Also, we would request that after your shift is over you change out of your volunteer t-shirt. There are often public misconceptions about people that are no longer on shift when they are wearing their Texas Reds Volunteer shirts.

Q: What should I wear to the festival?
A: We will provide you with a volunteer t-shirt that you need to wear while completing your volunteer service. This allows everyone to know you are part of the event. Be sure to dress cool and wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for lots of walking and standing. Other things to consider bringing are sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a backpack to carry your items in. It is best not to bring purses or valuable items with you as there is no place to store these items. We do request that you change out of your volunteer t-shirt after your shift is over. There are often public misconceptions about people that are no longer on shift when they are wearing their Texas Reds Volunteer shirts.

Q:  I forgot what shift(s) I signed-up for.  What do I do?
A: Click HERE to verify what shift(s) you signed up for.

Q: I can no longer make my shift, what do I do?
A: You may cancel your shift online by clicking HERE . Last minute cancelations are very hard to fill, so if you have to cancel your shift, please try and give as much advance notice as possible.