TROY — The warm weather season was wished farewell in style as Troy Main Street hosted its Final Friday event, “Summer Send-Off: Speed Volunteering,” at Troy Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The event, running in tandem with this week’s Troy Trojans home game, allowed residents to volunteer at various vendors in five-minute intervals to receive special discounts to downtown businesses.
“This is something new this year,” said Troy Main Street Executive Director Nicole Loy. “We’ve had non-profit nights before, but we’ve never had a speed-volunteering event. This is the first time that we’ve had different non-profit organizations come, and instead of offering informational material, offer opportunities for people to volunteer for the organization right here on the spot.”
Each five-minute volunteering interval got participants a discount sheet eligible for use at 15 participating downtown businesses.
“The more you volunteer, the more discounts you get,” Loy said.
Participating non-profits included, alphabetically, the Alzheimer’s Association, Isaiah’s Place, Lincoln Community Center, Partners in Hope, Relay for Life, Riverside Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, The Rec, and The Valley Church.
The Riverside Bell Choir was also on site to perform.
“One of the great things about this event is you get to volunteer for five minutes and find out that it’s fun, and it’s not intimidating,” Loy said. “You might even get to see an organization in action that you didn’t even know existed, and want to get involved in the future.”
For more information, visit www.troymainstreet.com, or find Troy Main Street on Facebook.