fotVA is staffed 100% by volunteers. All of us have our own jobs and do what we do here as a service. What you see and enjoy when you arrive at the festival - the stage, the sound system, the children's program, the chair and decoration setup, and everything else - represents hundreds of hours of time dedicated to this festival by people who were willing to give of his or her time, sometimes arriving days before the festival, so you could gain the most from its celebration.
Year to Year
Every year our "crew" changes. Some who helped out in years past may be attending the festival elsewhere this year, or they may be unable to fulfill the same responsibility this year because of health reasons. Some people want to give up one responsibility so they can take on another. Thus, we are always looking for volunteers in every area. It's our hope to always have someone in training so that they might take over the responsibility the next year.
The Importance of a Leader
Below, on this page, you will find a list of most of the areas where we need leaders, assistant to the leaders, and helpers/participants. For a program to actually come into existence, someone must decide to serve as the leader. To lead in a responsibility does not require that you know everything about a specific task. All that's required is a willingness to take on the responsibility, secure some help (we'll help you with that), and plan how you intend to get the job done. We will provide drawings and diagrams, tools, utensils, and supplies. For those of you who don't want the responsibility of leadership, but are responsible enough to be where you say you will be at an appointed time, by volunteering early we're able to put you in a crew and make that crew leader's job easier.