By Arnecia Walker
For the Opelika
Volunteers are needed for the second annual “Shine Prom,” an event for teenagers and adults with special needs, which will be held Nov. 17 at the Opelika Sportsplex.
Organizers said that the success of last year’s event has boosted local interest and participation, necessitating an increase in volunteer assistance.
To be part of the “Dream Team,” volunteers must be the age of 13 by Nov. 17 and have a strong passion for serving and a desire to provide a magical experience for the special-needs guests by being their “buddy.”
Those interested in becoming a buddy must attend one of the 45-minute training sessions on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. or on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. Volunteers of all ages are needed, especially adults, because guests range in age from 13 to 83 years old.
Shine Prom volunteer Josie Bauscher said she thoroughly enjoyed her experience at last year’s event interacting with what she called a special group of people.
“It’s a blessing and honor to volunteer. It’s an incredible experience to cheer for the guests as they arrive via limousines to a ‘Hollywood-style, red-carpet welcome,’ which includes music, photographers and lots of energy,” Bauscher said.
To register to become a volunteer and for more information, visit www.shineprom.com.