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Ring in the New Year by Volunteering

Welcome to Day 2 of our series on volunteering. Many people wait until the New Year to volunteer. There's no need for that.

ST. PETERSBURG – The New Year is the time when a lot of folks make promises to do better and try harder. So it's not surprising that many people make resolutions to give back to their communities by volunteering – if only they can find the time to do it!

Here's an easy – and fun – way to get involved without waiting for 2012 to roll around. It only requires a one-night commitment, too. And it will make a big difference at one of the city's signature events.

First Night St. Petersburg is seeking some selfless souls willing to give up the annual night of revelry – Dec. 31 – to help others have a good time.

The organization, now in its 18th year, needs volunteers to help host the city's biggest New Year's Eve celebration, and it all takes place on the waterfront. Take a look at some scenes from last year's First Night St. Pete, which .

First Night St. Petersburg relies on nothing short of an army of volunteers to coordinate events for more than 25,000 visitors to the city's downtown. Volunteers hold a variety of one-night jobs: They sell buttons, which get people into events. They check buttons to make sure people are paying their admission fee. And they help out with dozens of art and performance-related activities.

The nonprofit makes it as easy as possible to volunteer by offering three-hour shifts for folks who want to help out but maybe leave some time to ring in the New Year with friends or loved ones.

Here is the list of shifts:

  • Shift No. 1 (4:30-8 p.m.)
  • Shift  No. 2 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
  • Shift No. 3 (9 p.m.-midnight)

There are perks involved, too. Volunteers get a free admission button and a cool First Night T-shirt.

Volunteers don't need to be lonely on New Year's Eve either. Groups are welcome to volunteer. So why not gather five or six of your best pals, your church group, or several folks from the office, and enlist them for an enriching night of entertainment and volunteer work?

For more information on volunteer opportunities with First Night St. Pete, contact jorge@firstnightstpete.com. To get a flavor of First Night St. Pete, check out the First Night St. Pete Facebook Page to familiarize yourself with this year's festivities.

If you're ready to sign up now, simply fill out this online form, and someone will contact you from the organization. There are a limited number of volunteer posts for each job, so don't tarry.

The application form also is available in a PDF format and is a link on this story (see above).

Anthony Spanjaard Loeser February 25, 2012 at 09:58 AM
I want to help any way that I can but do not have a schedule (updated calander) of today, Feb 25th. Dank ya

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