The Umoja 2016 Unity Festival is looking for fun-loving volunteers to work this year’s festival on September 2nd and 3rd.  In order to be successful we need your support.  There are plenty of opportunities to get involved.


If you want to show your community involvement, please contact us by email:  glo5465@embarqmail.com or by calling:  (423) 426-2951.


Volunteers are needed to assist in all areas of the festival.


Information Booth

For those who may love to talk and interact with others, the Information Booth is a great place to be.  Volunteers in this area will answer questions on the Festival and assist visitors with directions and schedule information.  All of the needed information is provided to the volunteers.


Volunteers may sit at the booth and no lifting or physical activity is required. The hours of the Information Booth are scheduled in two-hour minimum blocks, and the Information Booth is open during Festival hours.



If it were not for the hard work of our set-up crews, the Festival would not be possible! The set-up volunteers assist with everything from placing tents, tables and chairs to helping with stage and entertainment prep.  These volunteers should be in good physical condition and able to lift at least 30 pounds.  Set-up will begin Thursday evening through Friday.


Children’s Carnival

One of the elements that make Umoja so fabulous is the Children’s Carnival Fun Zone. This area is full of dedicated individuals who not only love the Festival, but love children.  Volunteers have the opportunity to help children of all ages on inflatables, interactive games and assist children’s entertainers when necessary.


Road Race

Don’t want to race but want to be a part of the event?  Come out, volunteer and support our annual 5K Road Race.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of race day tasks and it’s a great way to have an entourage cheering you on during the event.  Help is needed to set up water stations, registration and packet pick-up, and course of race, to hand out fruit and water and to help during the awards ceremony.


Pepsi Wagons

Cheerful and honest workers who are familiar with giving correct change when selling Pepsi products.  Tickets for door prizes may also be distributed from this booth.

First shift workers may be asked to set wagon up by cleaning and stocking the refrigerators.



Assist in lining up participants, helping to secure signs to vehicles and collecting Umoja signs and banners after the parade.


Hospitality Room

For those who can’t stand the heat but enjoy working in the kitchen; this opportunity is for you.  Volunteers will be asked to set-up food, restock and keep the area clean.  You must be able to monitor hospitality passes and serve our sponsors, entertainers, and “Friends” if necessary.  Requirement:  cheerful and friendly attitude.


Stock Pepsi Wagons

 Volunteer must be able to lift 20 – 30 lbs. and supply wagons with beverages and ice in a timely manner.


Umoja Store

 We need volunteers to help set up the Umoja booth to sell tee shirts and other items that will be in our store.  Volunteers must be patient, kind, helpful, honest and have a cheerful attitude with our customers.  Information about the festival may also be distributed from this site.


Young Adult Stage

 Volunteers are needed to assist entertainers if needed and to help with contests.





We rely on the support of our volunteers to promote an atmosphere of fun.  For those who are working for community hours and need to earn credit for their service, let us know and we will accommodate you by giving you a letter of the hours you worked or completing forms you may already have.


Thank you in advance for your service.