Volunteer Spotlight: Dani Torres

Volunteer Spotlight: Dani Torres

Dani Torres is one of WaterFire’s most reliable and hard-working Special Ops leads – in other words, one of those pesky volunteers keeping guests a safe distance from lit torches. Torch processions truly make each event stand out from the others, marking a special occasion or celebration, and Dani plays a key part in those…

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Ferrell

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Ferrell

One of the most amazing and inspiring qualities to WaterFire volunteers is how frequently they are out in the world making other kinds of magic happen. Melissa Ferrell is an avid volunteer all over the state, making good things happen with a variety of organizations. Her real start to volunteering, though, happened right here at…

5 Reasons Why Volunteerism Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

5 Reasons Why Volunteerism Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

1. You make cool and unique things happen Volunteerism is an extremely unique mode of work because you get to choose exactly what it is you want to make happen. When you choose to volunteer somewhere, you get to pick exactly where based on what you’d like to make happen. WaterFire volunteers choose to get…

Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Carlson

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Carlson

After a dozen years of volunteering, Jane Carlson has become extremely familiar with Providence and its people. First-time volunteers and even visitors immediately and automatically become part of WaterFire’s people — a giant family encompassing every type of individual one could ever dream up. For Jane, that’s part of a much larger magic that makes…

Volunteer Spotlight: Community Partners

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Community Partners

WaterFire takes hundreds of volunteers and a dedicated staff to make its events a reality. Though many already know this, fewer know how deep into the community WaterFire’s roots really go. WaterFire wouldn’t happen without a great many organizations and businesses from around the city donating, supporting, and otherwise helping us do what we do.…

Volunteer Spotlight: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Volunteer Spotlight: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

WaterFire would be nothing without its volunteers, and within that enormous group of hard-working Rhode Islanders are those representing their place of employment. Along with student groups, families, and many dedicated individuals, corporate volunteers help bring the magic to the city of Providence. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island not only encourages their…

Volunteer Spotlight: Santa Claus

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Giving, Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Santa Claus

Santa Claus – known as Ken Panciera on the off-season – will help bring the Christmas spirit to Providence during WaterFire’s Christmas Fire on December 18th. “As you get older, Christmas becomes more of a marketing type of thing – you lose the spirit as you get older. But I’m a kid at heart.” Even…

Volunteer Spotlight: WaterFire’s Veterans

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Volunteering | 2 Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: WaterFire’s Veterans

On November 7th, WaterFire Providence honored our many dedicated veterans, active military, and military families with a Salute to Veterans WaterFire. These brave individuals gave so much to our country, and believe it or not, a great many of them continue to do so. WaterFire is proud to have a team of veterans among our…

Volunteer Spotlight: Joe and Anne DeFaria

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Joe and Anne DeFaria

When Joe and Anne DeFaria first visited WaterFire, they mostly stayed at the basin and watched the fires burn against the skyline backdrop. They didn’t really venture very far down the river. Now, years later, they are the volunteers who know the ins and outs of Starry Starry Night – at the other end of…

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim & Lily Widdup

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim & Lily Widdup

Most WaterFire volunteers drive a few minutes to get to Providence and start their night transforming a city. Neither Kim nor Lily Widdup is this type of volunteer. This mother and daughter duo makes the trek up the East Coast from Maryland to return to Kim’s original home, the Providence area, and visit her parents.…