When is Night to Shine 2020?
Night to Shine is held on the same night at every host church all around the globe on Valentine’s Day weekend. This year it will be held on February 7, 2020.
Where is Night to Shine held?
Southwest Florida Night to Shine is hosted by New Hope Ministries in Naples, FL in the Event Center at:
7675 Davis Blvd.
Naples, FL 34104
Do I need prior experience with or knowledge of special needs in order to volunteer?
Absolutely not! We’re looking for anyone who wants to celebrate the value of life and shower our guests with God’s love!
What do I need to do to volunteer?
Volunteer registration will open on November 1st. Please register on our website (here). Once registered, you will need to attend a training session and complete a background check form if 18 or older OR a parent permission form if under the age of 18. All guests MUST attend ONE training session and have a completed background check or permission form in order to volunteer, regardless of past volunteer experience with Night to Shine.
Please visit our Calendar page to find upcoming training dates.
Are there any age requirements to volunteering?
Volunteers of any age may serve. However, all Buddy volunteers must be 16 or older and any volunteer under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult.
What can I expect at Night to Shine?
Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, prom favors for each honored guest, a Respite Room for parents and caretakers and, of course, dancing! Each guest receives a crown or tiara because they are all kings and queens. It is a night not only for guests to shine, but for churches to shine, for volunteers to shine, and most importantly, for Christ to shine.
What will I do as a volunteer?
We have many roles to fill in order to provide an incredible prom for our guests. Below you will find all of the volunteer roles we aim to fill and a short description of each.
When registering, please indicate your top choices. We do our best to accommodate preferences but please keep in mind that we have to fulfill our volunteer needs as well. You may be asked to serve in a different role than you originally indicated, or may even be asked to fill multiple roles. We appreciate your understanding, patience and flexibility as we work to make this night a success!
Volunteer Check-In Team: Greet volunteers, give them their name badges and direct them to their team leader.
Set-Up Team: Help with set-up prior to the event (we will need volunteers on the night before and the day of).
Transportation Team: Assist guests as they exit vehicles, and help them find the registration area. Be available as guests return to their vehicles following the event.
Parking Team: Maintain a parking pattern and direct traffic for easy vehicle entry and exit. Maintain open fire and emergency lanes.
Food Prep Team: Assist caterer with unloading food, additional food preparation and set up food and beverages in the main event space and in the Respite Room.
Red Carpet Team: Cheer on guests as they make their way down the red carpet, manage flow of traffic and make them feel welcomed. Treat participants like honored guests and celebrities.
Photography/Videography Team: Take high quality photos and videos; edit and compile photos/videos for press releases and event highlights. **This team must be filled by licensed professionals who have their own equipment. Waivers will be signed to provide photos and videos to be uploaded to the Tim Tebow Foundation by the next day.**
Welcome Team/Wayfinders: Welcome guests as they arrive, and help them find their way to the main event space, activities and restrooms.
Guest Registration Team: Warmly greet guests and sign them in and answer any questions they may have.
Buddy Team: Accompany and assist assigned guest throughout the evening, providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event. Sit with your guest during dinner and engage with them in conversation. Join your guest on the dance floor and participate in all the fun activities in the gymnasium. Volunteer buddies are required to be at least 16 years old.
Respite Room Team: Spend the evening with parents and caretakers in the Respite Room. Love on them by serving food, spending time getting to know them and being available to pray with them.
Hair, Makeup, and Shoe Shine Team: Welcome each guest to a salon station for hair and makeup or to a seat for a shoe shine. Chat with them while you pamper them and make them feel special.
Flower/Decorations Team: Assist florist with unloading and properly laying out corsages and boutonnieres. Help guests select and pin on their flowers. Also assist with decorations set up.
Food Service Team: Serve food to guests in main event space and Respite Room. Assist guests in finding what they would like (if they have dietary restrictions or allergies).
Activities Team: Set up and participate in any additional activities with the guests. Encourage them and maintain a fun atmosphere.
Sensory Team: Spend time with guests who may have become over-stimulated. Interact with them by singing, participating in sensory activities or simply providing them with some quiet time. Help guests find the restroom, and offer assistance in the restroom if needed. If a guest requires assistance with more than getting in and out of a stall or hand washing, it is appropriate to contact their parent or caregiver for assistance.
Gift Takeaway Team: Manage gifts and help each guest collect their favors to take home.
Tear Down Team: Take down decorations, tables, chairs, etc. and clean up the event space.
I still have questions, who can I contact?
If you have questions about volunteering, please email us at email@example.com!
Volunteers who register with SWFL Night to Shine will need to attend a training session and either complete a background check form (18 or older) OR a parent permission form (under the age of 18).
Download and complete these forms prior to training and bring them with you to expedite your check-in at training.
Visit our Calendar page to see upcoming training dates!
Download, complete and return this form if you are 18 or older and will be volunteering with Night to Shine.
Download, complete and return this form if you are under the age of 18 and will be volunteering with Night to Shine.