A family of dedicated volunteers form The Poway Rodeo Committee, all of whom find great fulfillment promoting this "hometown" rodeo for the delight of community residents and ever-increasing contribution to the sport of rodeo. For more than 40 years, the Poway Rodeo has grown from a grassroots event into a nationally recognized, well-run display of Old West traditions attracting the best professional cowboys from around the country. The City of Poway has always made a perfect backdrop as the Poway Rodeo provides a window to the past combined with the latest technological advances and resources culminating in an unique, exciting, and very modern sport.
The Poway Rodeo each September (and the annual events held in support of it) puts hundreds of volunteers to work, allowing the organization to generously support not only its own event but many other needy charities. What began as a small, local group of country-oriented people with a dream has developed into an event supported by a diverse group: Poway residents and people from around the world ... leaders of small businesses and multimillion-dollar corporations ... rural families and city folks ... full-time students and senior citizens ... first-time volunteers and veterans with decades of service.
The Committee has a place for everyone to serve regardless of their schedule, ability, and gifts/talents. Opportunities to volunteer vary from a contribution of a few hours directing traffic or greeting guests, to a single day's work at a supporting event, to spending a week before/after the Rodeo in preparation or cleanup, to positions all year long in event planning, support, marketing, administration, communications, fundraising, and countless other areas.
And, as deeply grateful the Committee is for a volunteer's help, it is often the volunteer who is most grateful--the benefits of volunteering are well-documented and typically outweigh what is given: friendships made and strengthened, abilities gained and perfected, stress and anxiety diminished, self-confidence increased, a sense of purpose and accomplishment developed, physical and emotional health improved ... the personal dividends to the volunteer are endless.
If you're ready to lend a hand--as a volunteer, a committee member, a committee leader, a board member, or whatever!--complete and sign our Volunteer Application, Code of Ethics, and Release of Indemnity Agreement. You can then mail the finished forms to the P.O. Box or bring the signed forms to one of our Committee meetings held at The Hamburger Factory in Poway at 6:00 PM on the 4th Monday of every month (weekly during September).
Here are just a few of the areas where we could use your special talents. Try one of these areas, or let us know the area in which you'd enjoy serving!
Sponsorship: Seek sponsorship and financial support for the successful operation of the rodeo and help for our charities.
Hospitality: Host contestants and officials, providing refreshments and support specific needs for their comfort so they may focus on their participation in the event.
Parade Staff: Help design and build the Poway Days Parade float by securing or managing equipment, resources, and any other related needs.
Premium Seating Service: Provide customer service to premium ticket purchasers, including those in VIP seating and the sponsor tower.
Rodeo Merchandising: Promote and raise awareness of the Poway Rodeo through the sale and distribution of merchandise bearing the Rodeo's logo. Volunteers may also contribute product ideas for merchandise and design and/or staff the merchandise booth during the event's entire run.
Trail Ride Assistance: Coordinate with trail ride bosses concerning rules and regulations for the proposed event and help with registration, donations, ticket sales, etc.
Rodeo Ticket Sales: Assist in ticket sales for large groups, VIPs, and box seating.
Rodeo Operations: Work closely with grounds personnel in the setup, operation, and tear-down of the Poway Rodeo and related events.
Parking: Assist during events collecting parking fees and managing the flow of vehicles.
Volunteer Code of Conduct & Event Etiquette:
Keep in mind that you will represent the Poway Rodeo when you volunteer with us; therefore we expect everyone associated with these event(s) to behave in a first-class, professional, friendly manner. We take great pride in welcoming guests from all walks of life to enjoy our events. The Code of Conduct guidelines clearly establish and explain these expectations and the ramifications of refusing to adopt them in your work with other Committee members, volunteers, vendors, and guests. READ THEM CAREFULLY before committing to join our team.