NewsArts & Culture / March 3, 2014

500 Festival Offers Unique Volunteer Opportunities

The organization is looking for thousands of people to get involved. 2014-03-03T00:00:00-05:00
500 Festival Offers Unique Volunteer Opportunities

IndyCar season revs up this month and the Month of May is also fast approaching.  Anyone interested in helping out during this exciting time in Indianapolis can start signing up.

Volunteer spots like being a balloon walker in the IPL 500 Festival Parade do fill up quickly.  Other opportunities like helping kids during an education trip to the Speedway can make a lasting impression. 

500 Festival organizers say they are looking for around 7,000 people to help with about 50 events during the month of May. 

Jennifer Livesay, volunteer manager at the 500 Festival, says a unique job involves a program for Hoosier fourth graders learning about the legendary race during May. 

"They learn all about the track, the festival, they learn wonderful things about what the drivers do," says Livesay. "They're even starting a new portion to learn about the equipment that the drivers wear."

Large groups can also volunteer together and many of them participate in the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.  She adds that this is the only chance for people under 16 to get involved.

"Handing out water and gatorade to runners and walkers at the marathon," explains Livesay, "as long as you can see over the table and hand out a cup of water."

Livesay says the opportunities support our community, give a behind the scenes look at the month of May in Indy as well as other perks.

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