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Become a Volunteer
The Rialto Square Theatre is interested in finding people who are able to assist with all sorts of volunteering opportunities ranging from, but not limited to, ticket taking, ushering, & fundraising. Volunteering opportunities are open to people 16 years of age and older. School service hours will be reported upon request. We are not able to accommodate court ordered community service hours.
“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”
What is a Rialto Volunteer?
Is one who, under staff direction and supervision, assists in a service function of the theatre and is trained to give exceptional service to our patrons. The primary function of Volunteers is to serve the theatre where needed. By volunteering, you are not guaranteed to see a performance.
The volunteer should:
- Not request volunteer service due to court ordered community service.
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Have a desire to volunteer.
- Have a sincere desire to be of service and the ability to devote time to volunteer service as needed.
- Make every effort to meet your event commitments.
- Be physically able to do service in the theatre including climbing stairs and standing for long periods of time.
- Have personal integrity, sincerity, neatness and pride in service.
- Be one who serves the theatre without salary.
- Be one who never doubts the importance of service and knows a sense of duty.
- Be one who will consult with the Event Manager if there is any criticism of the theatre, the procedures or the personnel.
- Be one who can further the public relations of the theatre.
PLEASE NOTE: Being a Rialto Square Theatre Volunteer may be physically demanding. We do not and cannot accommodate potential or current volunteers in either sedentary or stationary positions.
Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?
Please view the welcome letter below, print and fill out the volunteer application and return to the Rialto Square Theatre or, fill out the application online.
We have different types of memorabilia merchandise available for purchase such as: a cookbook compiled by our volunteers, a brass keychain that looks like a ticket from the Rialto, CD’s of the Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ and a keepsake book packed with history, photos, and a plethora of information.
Congratulations and Thank You For Your Dedication!
Some people talk about making a difference – Sharon Gawenda actually does. As the Volunteer Board of Director’s President, a house manager, a bartender, and a volunteer, Sharon’s altruistic nature shines as brightly as her smile. Wearing many different hats at the Rialto makes life interesting for her. Sharon’s first memory of the Rialto is as a child viewing the film Snow White on our big movie screen; she even remembers the location of the seat she sat in during the film. What made her become a volunteer? Her cousin already volunteered here and she would soon be retiring from 30 years of employment at Nicor Gas… that was 7 years ago. She has made many friends here and says, “We are a family”.
Growing up in Joliet, Sharon has seen many artists grace the magnificent Rialto stage. Her favorite or most memorable performance was of Glen Campbell because he is an icon. She feels blessed to have been able to be a patron and enjoy his wonderful music. “Knowing that Mr. Campbell was and is dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease made his ability to perform even more special”. One thing you might not know is that she wanted to become an interior designer and that’s why she is always remodeling her home. Her perfect day consists of “everything just falling into place”. Here at the Rialto we think everything just fell into place when Sharon decided to become a volunteer. Sharon hopes to make a difference and she does!