This was the largest event I have volunteered at, by far, with 143,000 spectators in attendance throughout the week.
I worked on the Tee Box Drink Distribution team, which was tasked with restocking drinks to the tee box and Shotlink tower coolers at each hole on the course several times per day. I was tasked with communicating with team leaders to coordinate this process as well.
The position meant that, at times, I was only feet away from some of professional golf’s best including 2014 U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, to name a few.
Through this opportunity, I was able to gain valuable knowledge of how a major sporting event operates as well as hone my communication and teamwork skills. I had not worked at the event prior and jumped in not knowing anyone.
Volunteering at the Wyndham also proved that I was able to challenge myself with a new task and have outstanding success with it.
Duke Homestead Events
October 2014 – July 2015
After successfully completing my internship at Duke Homestead, I was asked to return to volunteer for some of the organization’s events in 2014 and 2015.
During this time, I served in various capacities such as house guide and parking assistant. I was also brought back to be the host of the Tobacco Queen Pageant after a successful hosting gig at the same event in 2014.
This experience has helped me to further my understanding of how events are planned, organized and conducted. In addition, the hosting gigs have been avenues through which I have honed my public speaking and presentation skills.
Raleigh Electric Run
Electric Run is a national touring 5k fun walk/run event that works with local officials to support a charity in that area. The event made a stop at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh in support of the Special Olympics.
My responsibilities included manning a registration table, completing participant check-ins, and assisting event staff with cleanup of the registration area. The project also required me to utilize problem solving skills when a participant’s information was not accurate. Or resolve issues when he or she was not listed as a participant at check-in although the person had signed up.
As a registration table volunteer, I was the first impression for Raleigh Electric Run and this is something that I must always keep in mind when in a career field that serves the public.
N.C. Senior Games State Finals
Throughout my time as a Senior Games volunteer, I was involved in numerous capacities. Ranging from a track and field lap counter to a table tennis referee.
Regardless of the task at hand, my communication skills were put to the test. While volunteering, I interacted with people from all different backgrounds and ages: event organizers, spectators and the participants themselves.
This experience helped me to develop my ability to work with all different people – from the young to the young at heart – in the future. I also learned so much from the participants and enjoyed watching them compete.
UNC-TV Festival Pledge Drive
During this time, I served as a phone operator to collect pledges from donors during UNC-TV’s largest fundraising campaign.
I worked in studio, answering calls and talking with viewers from every corner of North Carolina. I also answered any questions viewers may have had about their pledges, associated thank you gifts, or television programming.
Working at Festival is still one of the more unique experiences I have had, particularly given the fact I was a senior in high school. It challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone and helped me work on my social awkwardness.