Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Rookie of the Year, Kou Nyan started volunteering for WaterFire in 2017. How did you begin your journey with WaterFire? My journey with WaterFire began with a leap of faith. I was unemployed and knew I had to do something. So I prayed to God, volunteerism dropped in my spirit and the rest is history.…

Volunteering with United Way for Toys for Tots

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Community, Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteering with United Way for Toys for Tots

A big thank you to Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, and United Way of Rhode Island for providing a wonderful volunteer experience! The WaterFire Providence team spent this morning bringing holiday cheer to local families in need. Inside the awe-inspiring hall of the Cranston Street Armory, we joined with other volunteers and sorted hundreds of…

Volunteer Spotlight: Fern Rouleau

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Fern Rouleau

If you’ve ever managed to snag a position on the basin, It’s likely you’ve seen the work of Captain Fern Rouleau, a staple of the WaterFire Volunteers who’s been with us since 1996. Since the very beginning, Fern was attracted to the event. Driving her own boat, Fern naturally gravitated to the fleet of boats…

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Steber and Russ Cooney

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Steber and Russ Cooney

If you have ever experienced a WaterFire event, then you have probably seen the boats that fill the braziers with wood and keep them lit.  These fire tenders are an integral part of making the event happen and it would not be possible without them. It is people like wood boat captain’s Chris Steber and…

Volunteer Spotlight: Dalton Kelley and Americorps

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Volunteering, WaterFire Providence | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Dalton Kelley and Americorps

Among WaterFire volunteers, there are those who have been with us for decades, hooked since their first lighting, and others who are just starting their journey. Dalton Kelley, a member of the Americorps Topaz 13 FEMA Corps, along with the other members of his team were among these first timers on June 24th. Before volunteering,…

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…