Become a WaterFire Providence Volunteer

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For the community, by the community.

Become a WaterFire Providence Volunteer

WaterFire Providence may only be a seasonal production, but to make it happen, we need volunteers year-round. For more information on how you can contribute your time, skills, and talents, email our Volunteer Team.

WaterFire Providence Volunteers are an integral part of the event. They assist in all aspects of event production, special projects, and anything else we dream up.

At any one WaterFire Providence lighting, we need at least 150 volunteers to contribute. Volunteers build, perform, inspire, engage, and enjoy! WaterFire volunteers come from all walks of life, and we appreciate the diversity and talents that are among them. Over the years, a network of volunteers has been established, and we are delighted at the community that they have become.

Begin your volunteer experience with WaterFire Providence by signing up now on our Volunteer HQ.

In between lightings, there are more fun activities for volunteers. Potluck dinners, parties, outings, and projects going on throughout the year. In the off-season, volunteers help with boat-building and repairs, mechanical tasks, fundraising, preparations for the next season, and the occasional special project like sewing or online research.

We welcome you to join us and discover just how much excitement and fun there is in producing such a unique and exciting event! Whether you are a “behind the scenes” kind of person, want to shine in a larger role, or you simply want to experience WaterFire from a new perspective, we would love for you to join us.

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W for welcoming!
Waterfire is not only a nonprofit organization looking to creatively transform the city of Providence, but also one of the most welcoming communities of volunteers you can find. Hundreds of volunteers from all different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities donate thousands of hours every year to light up the spirits of Rhode Island. Although 2020 and 2021 have been unprecedented years for everyone, the Waterfire family has been committed to staying connected virtually and keeping the community informed about events we are trying to plan for the future! #volunteer #providencerhodeisland #volunteerwaterfire
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A is for Artistic!
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WaterFire volunteers have volunteered and contributed their time for many different projects and events using their own artistic ability to put together something magnificent. They have helped in several ways from our art markets, art performances, sewing projects, downtown lighting events and so much more to bring art to the community. WaterFire Providence has been a means of artistic production for many people to express themselves in a variety of different ways. One definition for the word artistic is having natural creative skill, that is something our volunteers have been able to display in every event we host. Being creative and artistic is what makes the WaterFire organization so special.
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T is for Talented!
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WaterFire Providence is beyond thankful for our talented volunteers that express their interest and passion for art. Our volunteers continue to impress us with their talent and devotion to WaterFire, especially in such an unpredictable year where we had to connect virtually. Although we had to pivot our focus in 2020, WaterFire Providence volunteers were able to creatively transition our focus to the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC) where we were able to hold many art shows that displayed the talent of many artists within our community! If you would like to continue to support the talent of our artists and volunteers, WaterFire Providence would like to invite you to an exhibition in honor of the life and legacy of Howard Ben Tré at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC). The “Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré” show that will run from January 27, 2021 – March 7, 2021. In addition to the regular WFAC hours, the exhibition will include a series of receptions and talks.
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E is for Exciting!
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WaterFire Providence prides itself on exciting and world class art experiences for over 25 years and counting! We would not be able to hold these amazing events without our hard working volunteers and support from so many people within the community. Over the years, we cannot thank the thousands of Rhode Island residents and out of town visitors who traveled to our WaterFire events held on the river and at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC) to get a piece of the excitement. WaterFire Providence’s mission has always been to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city while valuing contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field, and highlighting women, artists of color, and underrepresented practitioners.
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