World Beat Festival Volunteers Needed!

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Salem’s annual celebration of our cultural diversity celebrates its 16th year when the World Beat Festival takes place at Riverfront Park on June 29 and 30 this year. Oregon’s largest multicultural event, with 30,000 attendees, the Festival welcomes 400 volunteers each year over the weekend. These volunteers make the Festival actually happen, coordinated by 150 more volunteers who invest their energy year-round in planning and organizing.


“The Festival epitomizes how a successful non-profit grows precisely because it’s a grassroots movement of people motivated purely by their passion – a belief that Salem can be a more successful community if we take the time to celebrate and learn about the people from all over the world who call Salem their home” said Graham Morris, one of only two staff that coordinate the volunteer-driven organization.  Volunteers are needed for everything from set up and clean-up to greeting guests and vendors to sound checks and the children’s activity area. 


Each April the Festival starts gearing up the call for volunteers. “This year at the Festival we are focusing on Japanese culture,” said Morris.  There are still plenty of volunteer options available.  Visit to sign up.  If you prefer to sign up over the phone, call the World Beat office at 503-581-2004. 


Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or




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