There are lots of reasons to volunteer for the upcoming 2013 Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. And you don't have to be a big sports fan to enjoy the experience.
Volunteers will be crucial to a successful New Orleans Super Bowl and will be in the midst of the excitement during the whole Super Bowl week. (That excitement will be off the charts if the Saints actually make history and play in their hometown's Super Bowl on February 3, 2013.)
There are a variety of volunteer activities and duties, including many offering interaction with the visitors to New Orleans, who will come from just about everywhere.
Volunteers will also get some tangible benefits as listed below.
If you are hoping that volunteering for the 2013 Super Bowl will get you inside the Mercedez Benz Superdome for the big game, forge about it. It's not like volunteering for the Jazz Fest which gets you into the big event.
The NFL says it won't have volunteer assignments in the Superdome on game day.
HOWEVER - It's possible to get into the Superdome on Super Bowl Game Day, by becoming a volunteer for the Half Time Show.
However, there are many reasons to volunteer, including...
2013 SUPER BOWL VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:
-An official 2013 Super Bowl shirt
-An official 2013 Super Bowl hat
-An invitation to the post-Super Bowl volunteer appreciation party
-2013 Super Bowl volunteers will have priority volunteer scheduling for future events in New Orleans. (It's not clear what events are included in this? Just Super Bowls, NFL productions, or what?)
Many of these volunteer opportunities during Superbowl Week 2013 will involve interacting with the 'zillions' of visitors who will be in New Orleans. For instance, some Super Bowl volunteers will
-Greet visitors at the New Orleans airport and in various hotels. They will create the first important impression of New Orleans for many arrivals.
-Help people navigate the streets and neighborhoods of New Orleans.
-Provide information about the Super Bowl and associated events to visitors.
-Handle hospitality duties at various events hosted by the NFL and its sponsors.
-Assist with volunteer projects like playground construction and food charity efforts.
THE FINE PRINT: HOW TO VOLUNTEER + REQUIREMENTS
-The minimum age to volunteer is 18 years old; Volunteers must be 21 years old for driving volunteer jobs.
-Volunteers must work at least three shifts, as defined by the NFL.
-Accurate completion of a registration form, which includes your Social Security Number, is required.
-Volunteers must pass a background check as required by the NFL.
-You do not need to be a resident of New Orleans or the metropolitan area, but visiting volunteers from out of town must get their own local accommodations.
-Sign up on line here. First you create an account on the website. Then, click on "Opportunity Search" tab at the top of the screen. You should see available volunteer positions and can select the duties and times you prefer.
BUSINESS and GROUP VOLUNTEERING:
Businesses are invited to get involved in the Super Bowl 2013 volunteer effort through the Business Volunteer Services Program. Corporate employee groups are also welcome.
And any large group of volunteers can also make special arrangements. To start the Super Bowl group volunteering process, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ORLEANS VOLUNTOURISM - ANOTHER OPTION:
Visitors to New Orleans (and locals too) may be more interested in volunteering with New Orleans nonprofits during the Super Bowl season or actually anytime. New Orleans has benefited from and appreciated the help from so many Voluntourists since Hurricane Katrina and the flooding in its aftermath. Check out this website for some of the current nonprofits that welcome Voluntourism help in New Orleans.
Remember when making your volunteer decisions or other plans, Super Bowl 2013 is set between the two big weekends of Carnival, aka Mardi Gras season.
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