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Kudos to our amazing festival volunteers

Every year, we count on volunteers to help power our mission and raise support for the work we do.

This summer, the commitment and passion of our volunteers was on full display at the Area 506 Festival and the Boxcar Country Music Festival.

Close to 100 volunteers clocked nearly 800 volunteer hours during the back-to-back weekend festivals, raising awareness and funds for United Way.

Robyn Moore was one of them, helping to serve drinks to festival goers.

“I’ve never volunteered before,” Robyn says, noting that her experience with the Boxcar festival in July prompted her to quickly put her hand up to help the following weekend at Area 506.

“I had such a blast – I said, ‘Sign me up!’” she says, adding that she really valued the opportunity to connect to the community while supporting the United Way and the array of causes it supports.

“It was just a great experience. I absolutely loved it.”

Justin Keddy was back again this year, after volunteering every year since 2019.

“I really enjoyed meeting the people but this is also my way of contributing to my community,” he says, noting that he himself has had to rely on community services. “I know the United Way provides vital support that helps people get back on their feet. I know every penny counts.”

We’re so grateful to all of our festival volunteers, to the important partnership with Area 506 and to the other individuals and organizations that support these events and contribute to their success.

Because of them, we raised more than $20,000 this year through these events.