Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer at Roanoke GO Outside Festival

Since its beginning, the Anthem GO Outside Festival has been made possible (and free) by the support of hundreds of hardworking volunteers.  An enormous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to pull off an event of this size, and volunteers are essential in making the magic happen!  Here are our top 5 reasons to volunteer at this year’s GO Fest.

#1 Support Roanoke’s Outdoor Community

The region’s outdoor scene is made up of small businesses, outdoor athletes, non-profit organizations, government agencies, social clubs, and more. A great way to lift up this community is by supporting the annual event dedicated to celebrating all things outdoors! Through volunteering at GO Fest, you’ll have the opportunity to work with likeminded individuals involved in Roanoke’s outdoor scene. If you’re new to the region or looking to meet new people, this is a great way to make connections with folks who are passionate about outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, conservation, and more.

#2 That Sense of Satisfaction

It’s no secret that volunteering your time and talents is a great way to make a positive impact on your community.  Whether you’re a longtime fan of GO Fest, or if this is your first time, volunteering is the perfect way to give back.  Many of our volunteers enjoy their experience so much they choose to join us year after year.

2022 GO Fest Volunteer T-shirt

#3 Exclusive Volunteer SWAG!

Volunteering comes with lots of intangible benefits, but at GO Fest, we throw in a few extra perks!  We’re so grateful for the hundreds of hours given each year by our volunteer crew, and we make a point to provide extra special goodies of thanks.  This year, we have an exclusive t-shirt as well as an ENO brand tote bag, and a pair of Dahlgren alpaca wool socks for every volunteer!  Green Team volunteers will also be getting surprise SWAG from Mast General Store.  We know you don’t volunteer for the free stuff, but it doesn’t hurt, right?

#4 Peek Behind the Curtain

Volunteering at GO Fest lets you see behind-the-scenes of a big festival.  If you’re interested in event planning, volunteering allows you to familiarize yourself with the environment.  Or, if you’re just curious about how a large scale festival like GO Fest is possible, your volunteer shift will give you insight into the bigger picture while you make the magic happen!

#5 Mix it Up

Roanoke GO Fest has a wide selection of volunteer roles, from pouring beer, to keeping things clean with the Green Team, to helping set up beforehand or breaking down the festival afterwards. There are jobs suitable for many different abilities, interests, and ages, so take a look and find the right fit for you.  We’ll see you in October!

A big thank you to Franklin County Parks and Recreation for sponsoring our volunteers this year!