- Associated Press - Saturday, January 13, 2018

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Organizers say they’ll need as many as 500 volunteers for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships held in southeastern South Dakota next month.

Nancy Wenande serves as the public relations director for the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex, where the world championship event will be held this February. She told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that more than 300 competitors from 31 nations have registered.

Volunteers will be needed for the Yankton event starting Feb. 10. Wenande said they’ll have volunteer training in late January or early February.

Wenande said they’re using VolunteerLocal, a site where people can register to volunteer online. Available shifts and job descriptions will be provided on the scheduling platform.

Volunteers needed include bus drivers, food service workers, and individuals to man information desks and handle identification badges for archery storage.

“We have shifts of 2-4 hours. And if you really want to volunteer and none of the shifts work for you, we can create a shift that meets your schedule,” said Wenande. “We encourage people to try different jobs. And if they sign up now, they can cancel if a conflict comes up.”

She said the most difficult time to find volunteers will be during weekdays. But companies have expressed interest in having their employees volunteer at the archery competition, according to Wenande.

“The businesses I talked to are really invested in this community and the events that are part of this community,” she said. “There is also the recognition that this (volunteering) is the right thing to do.”

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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