Photograph by Peoneemoull Pech

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I started volunteering last summer. My family and friends had attended several WaterFire Lighting's over the years, and the experiences always resonated with me - the blend of the audience, fires, incredible music, lighting and atmosphere combined into something really magical and unique. I really felt like I had never experienced anything like it, and my friends always said the same thing.

Early last year, I decided to book a walking tour to learn more about the event and how it was put together. I decided to take the jump into volunteering after that. I actually first started at the WaterFire Arts Center, volunteering for the Apollo 11 Celebration and later moved into doing the morning build and evening fire tender shifts, as well as various events during the year.