CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Cincinnati official is offering paid time off to encourage city workers to volunteer as choirs from dozens of countries descend on the city for an international competition.
Nearly 400 choirs from 49 countries have registered for the World Choir Games in July. The event is expected to draw nearly 15,000 participants and tens of thousands of spectators.
Officials are seeking 4,000 volunteer ambassadors and have received 2,400 applications.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/HWVmYY ) that City Manager Milton Dohoney has told the city's 4,851 full-time workers they can earn one hour of flex time -- up to 12 total -- for each two hours of volunteer time.
He says the new deal will be offered again to encourage volunteerism at other large, city-sponsored events.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com