April 12, 2023

Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission Seeks Volunteers for the Independent Observer Program

Observers Needed for 2023 Something In The Water Festival

The Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (VBHRC) is in need of volunteers to serve as independent observers at the Oceanfront during the 2023 Something In The Water festival from Friday, April 28, through Sunday, April 30, 2023.

The mission of the Independent Observer Program is to observe our citizens, City services and visitors to assess the event atmosphere with regard to a safe and friendly environment and any signs of potential human rights violations or discrimination. Teams of volunteers will observe and evaluate the Oceanfront by walking along Atlantic Avenue between 5th and 31st streets during the festival. This will include observing parking garages, businesses, hotels/motels and the activities and interactions of the general population.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Cell phone access is needed to communicate and coordinate during the program. Volunteers must be able to stand and walk for three-hour shifts in large crowds of people. Volunteers will also be asked to complete an online survey to provide feedback about their experience as independent observers.

To access the shift schedule and sign up, visit virginiabeach.gov/hrc. For more information about the Independent Observer Program, please email hrc@vbgov.com or call (757) 385-1158.

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