CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After 40 years in the Kanawha County schools system, Carolyn Burton has time on her hands. She's volunteered the last two summers for FestivALL, and plans to lend a hand at FestivALL Fall in a couple of weeks.
On Tuesday, she joined a small group of likeminded people at the East End Family Resource Center to learn about another opportunity -- Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau's new ambassadors program.
"I just read this blurb in the paper," Burton said. "I thought I might volunteer. I just retired. I was a counselor at Cross Lanes."
Ambassadors can help the CVB in a number of ways, from staffing a welcome table at Yeager Airport to simply encouraging friends and relatives to visit Charleston.
"We need you to get the word out," said Alisa Bailey, the bureau's CEO. "We created the ambassadors program ... to help visitors, whether at a convention or other events in the city. Our goal is to have 200 people in our database."
CVB ambassadors greeted visitors to the Southern Legislative Conference in July, Bailey said.
"Just think: You're getting off the plane at Yeager Airport, someone meets you and helps you find your shuttle. When we had the Southern Legislative Conference, people told us, wow, no one ever did something like this," she said.