Setup Crew, NTIF 2012
Photograph by Bud Mallar
If you are planning to be a volunteer beer server you MUST have a valid TABC Server Certification. This certification is good for two years, so if you didn't attend the training last year, then you are due for renewal.
You can get the training in one of two ways. We will schedule a TABC certification class in early 2015. Training usually lasts 4 hours and there is a limit of 50 attendees so reserve a space with Trudy at email@example.com.
Alternatively you may take the training online at www.tabss.com (click the Online Certification button on the right). You should sign up for the third package - "TABC Certification + TX Food Handler All Counties". Cost is $25 and the NTIF will reimburse you for the entire amount. Keep your receipt and certification - your shift manager or coordinator will ask to see it before you can start your shift.
Volunteer applications are now being sought for NTIF 2015. We have all kinds of openings available for all age groups and also for families, church groups, singles groups, corporate groups etc.
In keeping with tradition, the SCMA Board of Directors invites all volunteers to the annual appreciation picnic which will be held in April. The date and location is still to be decided. As always the board will provide various choices of meat and request that volunteers bring either a vegetable side dish, appetizer or dessert.
First and foremost - we all have a lot of fun! NTIF is a family, and we welcome everyone to become part of our family.
For each 3-hour shift worked you will receive a free beverage of your choice at the Festival. One 3-hour shift gets you free admission into the Festival on the day of your shift. Two or more 3-hour shifts get you free admission into the Festival on all three days plus you will receive a free NTIF volunteer T-shirt. We also have a limited number of free, close-in parking spaces - the earlier you sign up the more likely you will get free parking.
Secondly, the NTIF volunteers are like a family - albeit a large family of over 500. Many of our volunteers return year after year, often to work in the same area, but sometimes they like to try something new. Whatever your preference, you are a welcome member of one of the most dedicated and hard working families in Texas.
Returning volunteers will shortly be receiving a postcard from our volunteer coordinator asking if they want to return this year. Simply return the form or contact the volunteer coordinator directly and tell her that you will be returning.
New volunteers can either sign up here online or just attend one of the volunteer orientation sessions planned for early in the new year. Even if you sign up online or by returning the postcard, attending the volunteer meetings is a good way to become reacquainted with old friends, and get the latest information on what we are planning for this year's festival. If we get to the printers in time, you could also get your T-shirt early, plus a chance to buy more at a discount price.
Parking in Fair Park is not free! We have not yet been informed how much the City of Dallas intends to charge for parking this year, but it will be at least $10 per car per day. NTIF does not control parking, nor do we receive any percentage from the parking fees. That all goes to the parking company and the City of Dallas.
Parking at the hotel is, however free, and we do run a free shuttle from the Doubletree Campbell Center and the Holiday Inn Park Cities to Fair Park. It is about as close to door to door as we can make it.
We do have a very limited number of reserved parking areas within the perimeter of our event where we can park. Many of these are for vendors who pay for the spaces with their booth fees. We must also accommodate our VIPs, Sponsors, TV stations and personalities, performers and staff who often arrive before the first bus and lock up after the last bus leaves. Those very limited spaces that remain we can allocate to others, pretty much on a first come, first served basis.
We really want to encourage you to park at the hotel and ride the shuttle, or car pool with as many other volunteers as you can. That way we can make best use of the space that we have.
You do not have to pay for parking during any of the setup or teardown days, and probably not on Friday night.
If you want to find out more about the various volunteer work areas, check out the special Opportunities page on the left. You will find that in almost all areas no special skills are required, and wherever you work there will be plenty of managers and long time volunteers ready and willing to help you.
Let's face it, none of us are getting any younger, and the only way that the traditions of NTIF will continue are through the spirit of our junior volunteers. Many areas are well suited to an entire family working together to teach the value of community volunteering. Check with the volunteer coordinator if you wish to participate as a family.