Celebrating National Volunteer Month

We asked Maha volunteers why they do it. Here’s what they said.

April 20, 2021

Maha Volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month, an especially sentimental time of year for a lil’ nonprofit like Maha. To celebrate the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who power the festival — and to spread a bit of optimistic cheer —  we asked what drives them to give their time to the festival, and to come back every year. 

Spoiler alert: It’s not all for the free ticket and the T-shirt. Turns out it’s more about connecting with fellow volunteers, giving back to the community, and having tons of fun the entire time.

Special thanks to the 2019 volunteers featured. Details and registration for Maha Festival 2021 volunteering are available here

“I love volunteering for Maha because I know it’s a huge asset for our community in both giving local artists a valuable platform and drawing headliners to the heartland.”

“I love volunteering for Maha because you become part of a community. Maha brings established and up-and-coming artists to Omaha and has developed a tradition that is important to the arts and culture in our area. I love feeling as though I was even a small part of making Maha happen.”

“We volunteer as Ferris wheel concierges. It’s so much fun that sometimes I forget it’s a volunteer position.

I volunteer because I understand it’s a community effort to keep a music festival like this going year after year. You make an amazing variety of live music performances available and affordable, crammed into what’s become my favorite weekend of the year here in O-Maha.”

“Volunteering for Maha is one of the best parts of the summer. Getting to spend the day listening to great music, working with friends, and feeling the excitement of the crowd makes volunteering as fun as attending the festival as a patron.”