Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin Murray

Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin Murray

This is a Volunteer Spotlight in which the pictures really do the talking. Kevin Murray is a street photographer by trade who has been cutting his teeth on WaterFire photography for three seasons. One of the biggest perks of the job, he says, is how much it opens your eyes to the full scope of…

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: Josh Jefferis

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Josh Jefferis

One largely unknown fact about WaterFire: everything we use for the event, except for the braziers, is set up in the morning before most people have risen, and taken down after the final visitors leave. Sometimes it takes until 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning before the last WaterFire truck has left the river, and…

Volunteer Spotlight: Steven Sondler

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Steven Sondler

At WaterFire Providence, we like volunteers to be exposed to different opportunities in order to find where a volunteer will fit best based on their skills and their interests. A volunteer finding their niche and becoming part of the WaterFire experience is something we strive for and look forward to with every person who lends…

2016 Summer Intern Update

2016 Summer Intern Update

As we hit mid-July, only halfway through summer and three full lightings in, we wanted to take time to reflect on these past few weeks and all that we’ve accomplished as a team. Our WaterFire interns have been sharing their day-to-day experiences and event day stories through our blog, interns.waterfire.org. Throughout the 13 different departments…

Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine and Wayne Barnes

Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine and Wayne Barnes

At WaterFire Providence we love recruiting new volunteers to help us light up the night, but one thing we pride ourselves most on is when volunteers love their experience so much that they decide to return to help at another event. Or in the case of Catherine and Wayne Barnes, returning for 10 more years…

Volunteer Spotlight: Jerry Suggs

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Jerry Suggs

Whether it be on a boat feeding fires, working with the public to ensure the spectacle of the torch processions, or being an Ambassador at a guest station, Jerry Suggs appreciates it all. This is Jerry’s third year as a WaterFire volunteer and he has enjoyed every event he’s worked. Before becoming a volunteer, Jerry…