You can make a huge contribution to the MBPA by helping to staff our concession stand at Gillette Stadium. Gillette has become the primary funding engine for the Band, Percussion, and Color Guard extracurricular programs, accounting for over 75% of the funds MBPA raises annually. We count on our members to be there for Patriots games, Revolution games, Concerts, and other special events as scheduled. We love to see new faces and appreciate students, parents, family and friends that join us in this effort. Pats games are the craziest, concerts & Revs games much more relaxed. It’s a busy, but fun day that flies by!
For 2023, we anticipate staffing 21-27 events. However we may have opportunities to staff an additional stand, and expect capacity will be increased as the year progresses. Our contract guarantees the MBPA a minimum of $100 per volunteer per shift. Multiply that by 21+ events and 12+ volunteers per event, and you can appreciate why Gillette is such a critical fundraiser for our students’ programs.
Read on for more information about how events work, and how the funds raised benefit the programs and students, collectively and individually. If you still have questions, email Christine Bellavance directly or via the form at the bottom of this page.
Student Accounts and Gillette:
Your contribution of time is about much more than individual student credits – it’s about funding the program as a whole. Every band parent is automatically a voting member that is welcome to participate in the process by which MBPA allocates funds requested by the MHS music director. As a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, the IRS places certain restrictions on booster clubs like MBPA relating to the allocation of funds to individual group members. So while a donation of your valuable time benefits all of our programs, we also like to recognize the donation of a volunteer’s time by saying “thank you”, and we do this by crediting a portion of the group’s earnings to individual student accounts.
Students and family members who work at Gillette Stadium receive a standard contribution of $25 per volunteer per event worked credited into the student’s account. So if a student and parent jointly work an event, $50 is credited to that student’s account ($25 X 2). This is one way for families to defray the cost of uniforms, equipment, and trips.
The MBPA offers DOUBLE CREDITS – that’s $50!! – to all first-time volunteers. We are hoping to see lots of new faces this season!
Here’s how it will work: When a first-time volunteer arrives at Gillette, s/he will write their name on the MBPA sign in sheet. The first timer will assign the credits to a band/color guard/percussion student.
First time MBPA student volunteers should write their own name down. If a student recruits a first-time volunteer who is not a band/percussion/color guard student, the first-time volunteer should write down the name of the student who recruited them.
Volunteering at Gillette – How it works:
- We use SignUp Genius for online registration for each event.
- Download the Gillette app to your phone. The app can be found here (iPhone) and here (Android).
- We arrive at the stadium about 3½ hours before the event begins.
- We check-in at the employee entrance and head to our booth – typically Backyard Barbeque 140.
- We begin by doing a beginning inventory of all items such as cups, candy, hot dogs, etc.
- We typically serve entrees that are pre-made by the central commissary, and perform our food “prep” like pre-wrapping sandwich buns, filling popcorn, and warming up our equipment.
- We open the booth for business around the time the Gillette patron gates open, typically 1.5 to 2 hours before the event starts.
- Typically there are three types of role to fill:
- Register: waiting on customers.
- Runner: getting the food.
- Food prep: making the sandwiches. We sell BBQ sandwiches, candy, popcorn, soda, beer etc. It’s simple work.
- At the conclusion of the event, we count our ending inventory, clean the concession stand, and reconcile our inventory and sales with Gillette management.
- We’ve gotten very efficient at getting our volunteers out of the booth and headed home after each event – cleanup and inventory typically takes about 45 minutes and we send most volunteers home within an hour, with only the group lead and/or inventory manager sticking around a bit longer to tie out numbers with Gillette.
COVID protocols for 2023:
- All MBPA volunteers must sign a Gillette COVID-19 waiver, please visit this link.
- For students aged 16-17, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver.
- Facemasks are not required but are recommended. Gaitors, bandanas and masks with vents will not be allowed. Acceptable facemasks include N95 masks, surgical masks, or two-ply cloth masks. Your facemask should not have any logo on it, other than a Revs logo for Revs games, or a Patriots logo for Patriot games.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 before an event, inform Christine that you cannot attend. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are quarantining, please inform us you cannot attend. If you feel unwell before the event, please inform us you cannot attend..
New rules for students in 2023
- Gillette allows 4 students aged 16-17 per event. Students aged 16-17 do NOT have to volunteer with a parent. Sorry, no students younger than 16 may volunteer, per Gillette rules.
- Gillette provides an apron, collared short sleeve shirt, and a visor.
- You must wear black pants or shorts, and sneakers (Gillette has changed the uniform for this season: no more khaki pants/shorts). Note: Gillette has made it clear it will not allow black leggings or jeans; it has to be black pants or shorts. Traditionally, you may wear a Pats or Revs jersey and your own Pats or Revs baseball style cap if you’d prefer that over the Gillette shirt and visor.
- No jewelry on hands or wrists other than a wedding band. Watches must be removed during the event, but you may attach it to your belt or apron at your discretion.
- You must wear plastic food service gloves that are provided.
- Bring your ID but leave your backpacks and pocketbooks at home. Only Gillette approved “clear totes” or a clear 1 gallon plastic ziploc bag will be allowed in the stadium.
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