Thursday - Oct 18, 2018

US Cellular Center issues open call for volunteer groups


US Cellular Center

The U.S. Cellular Center is currently accepting applications from qualified volunteer groups to assist in the concessions operations when needed at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Recruitment process
Applications must be submitted via email to Catie Cuellar, Food & Beverage Manager at ccuellar@ashevillenc.gov or dropped off at the U.S. Cellular Center box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday August 28.
Applications can be found at .USCellularCenterAsheville.com/Contact.
Questions may be submitted to Catie Cuellar via email by 5 p.m. August 14. Answers to all questions will be compiled and sent to all interested groups by 5 p.m. August 19.

Concessions volunteer program goals
Primary goal: Supplement paid part-time and temporary/seasonal staffing for large events held at the facility. Due to the infrequency of events requiring large numbers of staff, the center struggles to retain enough staff on payroll to fulfill all needs for a large arena concert or special event. In the case of these large events, the center offers the opportunity for volunteer groups to work in concession stands as a fundraising opportunity.
Secondary goal: Provide local volunteer groups with the opportunity to raise funds for their organizations.

Potential group earnings
Volunteer groups working with the U.S. Cellular Center will earn percentages of sales on a commission basis while volunteering with the facility. Groups will earn 10% of gross food and non-alcoholic beverage sales and 5% of gross alcoholic beverage sales. In 2014, staff researched statistics on the program’s previous 5 years. Groups can expect annually, on average, that a given group will be requested to work approximately 10 event shifts, earning approximately $700 per event with average annual earnings of around $2,800. *Note the quantity of available events and total earnings cannot be guaranteed as the program is reliant on the total number of booked events and total need for volunteer staff to work said events.
If a given event’s sales do not dictate a commission amount of greater than $250, the U.S. Cellular Center will provide a minimum commission of $250 for said event.
As a group becomes more experienced it can be expected that earnings will increase as experience typically breeds efficiency which, in turn, breeds increased sales volume and therefore increases commission amounts.
The above earnings averages do not include cash donations. Groups working in concession stand locations or at portable bars may place donation jars on the counter tops. This jars must be plastic and must clearly state that all donated funds are to be given directly to the group.

Scheduling expectations
Groups can expect, on average, to be requested to work 10 event shifts annually, dependent on event schedule. Total need for staffing levels in the facility is dictated by total ticket sales or expected sales leading into a given event. There will be times that ticket sales in the last week prior to an event will require the addition of a volunteer group. When this occurs groups may be asked to work an event with less than 5 days notice. U.S. Cellular Center Food & Beverage staff commits to request volunteer groups for events with as much advance notice as possible, but short lead times prior to events may occur. Upon signing up for the program, a volunteer group agrees to be available to work at least one shift for each of the below events. *Note dependent on ticket sales the group may be needed for more than one shift for each event or potentially zero shifts.

Scheduling will be handled by the facility’s Food & Beverage Manager or designee and will be handled over email and phone. There is no guarantee of a minimum number of shifts or earnings that a given group will receive annually.

For more information about upcoming events at the US Cellular Center Asheville please visit USCellularCenterAsheville.com.

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