MAKE RIBFEST HAPPEN!

Canada's Largest Ribfest is a volunteer driven fundraising initiative proudly organized by Rotary Burlington Lakeshore. Our weekend volunteers - YOU, are the driving force of the festival. We have over 600 weekend volunteers, who work with Rotarians during the festival weekend. Weekend volunteers commit to at least one (1) four-hour shift, gaining experience in multiple aspects of the festival. Volunteering provides a unique way to experience the festivities!

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH RCBL?

It's a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. By volunteering with us, you will be able to build your resume in the customer service and festival management areas. If you need more information email volunteers@rcbl.org.

VOLUNTEER MOTIVATION PROGRAM

The VMP provides you the opportunity to donate your volunteer time, which will provide a monetary donation based on the number of hours you volunteer to a charity of your choosing. If your charity is not found in our list of affiliated charities on the website and you would like to add it to the list, please type the charity name in the field provided in the sign up form. Rotary Burlington Lakeshore will need to approve charities not listed on our database. Please allow 5 business days for the approval process. 

Have more questions about our Volunteer Program? Check out our volunteer FAQ'S 

OUR VOLUNTEER ROLES

 

Cashier

Beverage Team

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve certification is highly recommended, but not mandatory. The jack of all trades! Task may include opening beverage cans, hauling cases of beverages and bags of ice. Task may also include taking beverage orders and processing financial transactions on debit/credit machine.

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve certification is highly recommended, but not mandatory. Work with the Beverage Team member who will take and fulfill orders for beverages while you process the financial transaction.

Public Safety

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve certification is highly recommended, but not mandatory. This is the volunteer role formerly called Security Volunteers. We mostly need people who can be hospitality ambassadors for Ribfest, helping the guests find their way around. Much of the work is done in pairs, so you aren't alone.

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Signage Team

Minimum age 16 years, may work in a team of 2.

You will help to put up the event signage around the park and/or take it down.

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Recycling Station

Minimum age 13 years unless accompanied by an adult parent/guardian, work in team of 2 or more. You will work out of one of many Sorting Stations throughout Spencer Smith Park and help us to keep the event green.

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Photographer

Minimum age 16 years, work individually or in a team of 2. You will be taking photos of guests, volunteers, vendors, and fun activities around the festival. You must have your own camera.

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Hospitality Tent

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve is highly recommended but not mandatory. You will be serving snacks and beverages to guests and perhaps also bussing tables.

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Recycling Roaming

Minimum age 13 years unless accompanied by an adult parent/guardian, work in team of 2 or more. You will be assigned to bussing and cleaning tables and/or picking up debris from the festival grounds using provided equipment.

50/50 Raffle Program

Minimum age 18 years. Help us increase our community support through our 50/50 draw! Assist with RCBL 50/50 Raffle Program, in conjunction with Labour Day Weekend Ribfest.

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Festival Greeter

Minimum age 16 years, work in a team of 2 or more. You will be assigned to one of the two main entrances where you will greet people as they enter the park.

Recycling Set -Up

Minimum age 13 years unless accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Help with Sorting Station set up, you will help with park clean up as needed.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU!

  • Snacks and beverages provided

  • Confirmation of volunteers hours for OSSD provided through email letter after the festival

  • Provide a friendly and safe environment where you can gain new skills, have fun and make new friends!

  • Option to donate your volunteer hours to support a cause dear to your heart. Please see the Volunteer Motivation Program details above for more information.

YOUR COMMITMENT AS A RIBFEST VOLUNTEER!

VOLUNTEER AWARDS

The Awards Program recognizes and honours individuals whose contribution to Canada's Largest Ribfest has made a significant impact to the festival. These individuals have demonstrated leadership and initiative while advancing the mission and vision of Rotary Burlington Lakeshore and Canada's Largest Ribfest. 

ELIGIBILITY

 

THE AWARDS! 

 

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Awarded to an individual 19 years of age or over that has contributed to Canada’s Largest Ribfest beyond their assigned role. This individual demonstrated overall excellence in the area of leadership and working as a group.

YOUTH IMPACT AWARD

Awarded to an individual under the age of 19 years that has contributed to Canada's Largest Ribfest beyond their assigned role. This individual  demonstrated overall excellence in the area of leadership and working as a group.  

Nominees are selected by members of Rotary Burlington Lakeshore. Awards will be presented to the winners at a Rotary Burlington Lakeshore luncheon meeting. Awards certificates will be mailed out to those who cannot attend luncheon.