Just who are those helpful people in Scottsdale? You may have seen them walking around or riding the trolley in salmon colored shirts and gambler hats. Or, most likely, you may have spotted them talking to people at one of two information carts located in Old Town. They are Scottsdale Ambassadors.
Our volunteer ambassadors number more than 100. Their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale. Stationed in either the 5th Avenue Boutiques District or Historic Old Town, these volunteers are available to offer suggestions on where to eat, shop and play. They provide our visitors a friendly smile along with area maps, information on special events and brochures relating to local businesses and attractions.
The ambassadors have been around since the early 2000s offering ideas to both residents and visitors alike. Old Town is home to many shops and restaurants unique to the area, and ambassadors get to share these great finds with everyone. According to ambassadors Justin and Margie Eringis, “It’s hard not to be excited about all that our town has to offer - the many special seasonal events; first class restaurants; shops and galleries; social and cultural offerings; public art displays; sporting events … the list just goes on and on.”
Thirteen-year ambassador and frequent traveler Jack Leonardo, says, “I appreciate it when I get helpful information from enthusiastic people. So, I volunteer to 'pass along' the favor to help out visitors have a most enjoyable time here.”
Volunteering as an ambassador is engaging and fun. For Jack, volunteering has enabled him to meet interesting people. Adds Justin and Margie, “It’s fun to hear their stories and to lead them to something in our city that will make Old Town a memorable part of their visit to Arizona.” For David Brotman, it gives him an opportunity to give back to the wonderful community.
So, the next time you are in Old Town Scottsdale, and you see one of our volunteers, stop by and say "hello!"
Learn more If you want to become a part of this amazing group. We hope to hear from you soon!