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Review for Festa Italiana Association Inc, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Festa is a chance for a lot of people, Italians and "wanna bes" like me, to mingle and mangiano in downtown Portland. What I like about the annual Festa is the fun, and the scope ... everything from a Mass to kick the event off well and respectfully, to Opera students performing in the square (Pioneer Square, or Piazza Pioneer for the weekend) to food, fun and the pleasure of sharing Italian culture with anyone who happens by. The committee is very responsive to feedback; in 2010 it's restructuring the entire restaurant deal in response to concerns that Festa had lost a step on food quality. It's now adding a Green committee to improve that aspect of the public event .. something all groups NEED to do. I'm pleased to be on the host committee this year and look forward to seeing what will happen when we adopt "festa verde" (Green Festa) ideals ... how many plastic cups can we NOT add to the landfill! And still serve a bout 30,000 folks over several days of summer fun. Ciao and Grazie

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fun and community of Festa Italiana in Pioneer Square each August

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Join it and start a green sub committee .. whi ch I have DONE

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Inclusiveness ... long or short time around the event, one's thoughts matter to the organizers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and grateful to the volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

arrange many more Italian cultural events each year, like bocce tournaments, and guided trips to Italian regioni!

Ways to make it better...

I didn't see so much plastic garbage, cups, utensils, go in the trach

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like any group, money, money, money. A big bank roll means more perks for attendees, like non-disposable refillable water bottles, that kind of thing

One thing I'd also say is that...

Festa does a great job of welcoming the citizens of Portland, Italian or not, to it's party!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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Role:  Volunteer & Security at the Wine Bar, Chair of the 2010 Green Sub Committee.