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The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, announced that registration is now open for the 2019 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group.  
Each year, the 500 Festival relies on 3,500 volunteers to fill 7,000 positions to ensure its events and programs continue to deliver a lasting impact for the community and attendees. The organization is looking for individuals and groups who are interested in using their time and talent to support its wide variety of programs and events in 2019. Opportunities are available from February-May 2019. 
Some of the volunteer opportunities available for 2019 include:
· Distribute snacks and beverages at Runners’ Services for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
· Staff the various games & activities at the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day
· Greet spectators and help them find their seats as an Usher for the IPL 500 Festival Parade
· Host 4th grade class study trips at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by IU Health
· Opportunities to volunteer as a group!
The 500 Festival is offering more than 7000 volunteer positions in 2019, ensuring a role for every interest and ability. In addition to an unforgettable experience, 500 Festival volunteers will receive:
· Free commemorative volunteer t-shirt
· Free collector’s pin
· Invitation to the 500 Festival’s Volunteer Appreciation Day hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2019
· Two tickets to the 2019 Indy 500 qualifications
· Access to the 500 Festival Volunteer virtual goodie bag which contains exclusive promotions and discounts
· Snacks & beverages during your volunteer shift
· Special access at 500 Festival programs and events
Volunteers must register for at least one volunteer position by April 10, 2019 to receive the invitation to 500 Festival’s Volunteer Appreciation Day. Visit 500Festival.com/volunteer to learn more, view a list of opportunities, and register to volunteer in 2019. Additional questions regarding volunteer opportunities with the 500 Festival may be directed to volunteer@500festival.com.