From the Daily Record:http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/downtowntoday.php?dt_date=2013-02-27
Volunteers needed for One Spark
One Spark, the worldâ€™s first crowdfunding festival scheduled April 17-21 at myriad locations Downtown, has closed registration for creators and host venues, but still needs volunteers.
The next step for the inaugural eventâ€™s organizers is to recruit a small army of volunteers who will help make One Spark a success.
An open house for prospective volunteers is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Thursday in One Sparkâ€™s headquarters at the Main Library near the Laura Street entrance.
â€œItâ€™s the first year for One Spark, so we need a lot of support from the community,â€ said Volunteer Services Manager Meredith Oâ€™Malley Johnson.
She said the process of registering more than 100 exhibitors and matching them with more than 60 Downtown venues was completed Monday.
The next step is to develop a team of volunteers who will assist with tasks such as setting up, maintaining the eventâ€™s infrastructure and assisting â€œMedia Moguls,â€ photographers and videographers who will document the festival.
Volunteers also will be needed to assist the public in voting for the creators who will receive a proportional share of One Sparkâ€™s $250,000 cash-award pool, which is based on fan votes.
Johnson said One Spark volunteer qualifications include being at least 18 years of age and having enthusiasm about Jacksonville, especially Downtown. Volunteers must complete a one-hour training session and work at least one four-hour shift during the festival.
Volunteers will be organized through a â€œself-schedulingâ€ platform that will allow each volunteer to select the shift or shifts they want to work and what theyâ€™d like to do, she said.
Johnson said as of Tuesday afternoon, about 85 potential volunteers had joined the first orientation session Thursday via Facebook.
To learn more about the One Spark festival and volunteer opportunities, visit firstname.lastname@example.org