The Howard Johnson is located at 111 West Fortune Street, Tampa, Florida
When you arrive for your shift, there is free parking in the Howard Johnson Parking lot.
Try to not park in the closest spots to the entrance to the hotel, so the Brides will not have to carry their purchased dresses as far. The sale is located in the Grand Ballroom and you can enter the hotel from any entrance and should see signs directing you to the entrance of the Ballroom.
Please report to the volunteer check-in table first to sign in and turn in your release form, or to fill out one. If you volunteered last year, please bring your shirt with you from last year. Shirts are in limited amounts this year, due to the large amount of volunteers.
At the volunteer check-in table you will also be given your assignments and given a brief instruction of jobs and areas of help needed and given the order of your assignments and what area you are starting in.
What do I wear?
You will be on your feet most of your shift, so comfortable shoes, (closed-toed preferred) ARE A MUST. I know this is Florida, but the gowns are on heavy rolling racks, and you will be carrying large, heavy gowns - so tennis shoes are preferred to sandals. Comfortable (but not over exposed or too-tight) jeans are fine. You will be provided a volunteer t-shirt to wear. Please don't wear anything that is too revealing when stretching or bending over.
What do I bring (or not bring)?
I suggest leaving your purse locked in your car trunk. We can't guarantee a safe place for everyone's personal gear. I suggest a few dollars for lunch or drinks and your keys in your pocket. The hotel has a restaurant,there are also several places to obtain food and drinks when you are on break in the surrounding area. We cannot provide you with lunch if you choose to select more than one shift. Any meals are the responsibility of each volunteer.
What will I be doing?
We need the most help setting up on Thursday Evening and breaking down on Saturday after the last gown is sold. We can always use a few extra muscles during those times. The bulk of our work is with the gowns, but you might be registering brides, selling raffle tickets, or directing brides to the Ballroom, greeting them as they arrive or handing out gift bags at the check out area, or even helping Brides carry their dresses to the cars. But mostly, it means you will be putting gowns back on hangers and you will get a decent upper arm workout in returning tried on gowns to racks, keeping the gown racks orderly. We will rotate duties during your shift and will get a chance to do a variety of tasks.
Young Adult Volunteers
Young adult volunteers 16-18 may volunteer only with permission of a parent, and that parent must give their permission by way of signature on the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability form. It is REQUIRED for Parent to be present to sign release waiver form. Sorry, but children under 16 are not allowed.
What if I can't come?
We're counting on your help, and we need the most help setting up on Thursday Afternoon and breaking down on Saturday after the last gown is sold. We can always use a few extra muscles during those times. If you can't make your shift, please call me, Krissy Messer ( 727-692-1884) Volunteer Registration or Tammy Waterman, Tour Coordinator, at 727-343-0800 , so we can possibly get someone else to cover your time.
Please do not hesitate to call with any questions.
Looking forward to a successful event!
Krissy Messer -volunteer registration/check-in
Tammy Waterman-Tour Coordinator
When & Where
Brides Against Breast Cancer-Tampa
Tampa Tour Coordinator- Tammy Waterman
Tampa Gown Collections- Debbie Ward
Tampa Media Specialist- Veronica Alfaro-Young
Tampa Volunteer Coordinator-Krissy Messer