Aquatennial Volunteer Program Sponsored by U.S. Bank Continues To Thrive


Each year the Aquatennial continues to thrive thanks to the hundreds of individuals that help out through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program Sponsored by U.S. Bank. Phil Trier, Twin Cities Market President of U.S. Bank, talked about the experience for the company’s employees.


Why does U.S. Bank enjoy presenting the Aquatennial volunteer program?
We’re the hometown bank! Our roots in Minneapolis date back more than 150 years, our headquarters is here and we employ 11,000 people in the region. The Aquatennial celebrates everything our employees love about living and working in the Twin Cities: the people, the culture and, of course, the waterfronts.

Volunteer-PurpleIn what ways do volunteers take part throughout Aquatennial?
Volunteers help out with Aquatennial’s flagship events, including the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade and the Target Fireworks. Some of the responsibilities include helping with the Grand Marshal and hosting bands, interacting with attendees at information booths, passing out water, helping to set-up events, and more.

What feedback do you get from volunteers who take part in Aquatennial, and why do they choose to take part?
Our employees tell us that they enjoy opportunities to get to know co-workers in a more informal setting, especially while giving back to the community. A lot of employees like the Aquatennial in particular because of the atmosphere and experience that goes along with being a part of the official civic celebration of our city.

What can people do to get involved with the Aquatennial volunteer program?
If you’d like to volunteer at the Aquatennial, simply go to and fill out the sign-up form. Someone will follow up with you on lining up specific days and times to participate.

What are you looking forward to most about Aquatennial this year?
Each year the Minneapolis Downtown Council puts on a bigger and better event. This year, I’m looking forward to the new look and feel with all the events located close together downtown. It’ll be convenient for those attending to enjoy a wide variety of activities on any given day.