Volunteers are preparing to hit the streets of downtown Erie, hoping to make a visit downtown a little easier and safer for tourists and residents, alike.
Look for some friendly faces wearing bright yellow shirts in downtown Erie, leading the way as friendliness and cleanliness ambassadors. The new program, kicking off Tuesday, began the training process for the first group of volunteers.
Emily Fetcko, of the Erie Downtown Partnership, says, “we’ve got about a dozen people. It’s a really cool mix of stay-at-home moms, students, young professionals, people that have worked in the community for decades and they’re interested in seeing their downtown improve and be a part of that”.
The free training is open to anyone who can commit to two to three hours a month as an ambassador and wants to promote what Erie has to offer.
Ambassador Marilynn Brewington says, “I decided to sign up because you wanna help people in Erie. I’m a very helpful person. Just to volunteer and see how I can profit from helping Erie, PA and the people who live here”.
The ambassadors will focus on the area in the Renaissance District, which is from 8th-12th streets over from Holland to Sassafras. They will be at sporting and cultural events to welcome guests, offer information on where to go or eat, but also act as an extra set of eyes when it comes to safety. The plan is to have the ambassadors in place from August until October.
Fetcko says, “we just want a warm welcoming sense when you come downtown you feel that difference and its gonna start little by little and we think these people can make a big difference.”
With the first dozen volunteers getting the lay of the land, 12 more are needed for a full complement. Interested volunteers need to RSVP to Emily Fetcko at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org or at (814) 455-3743.