Nonprofits: they are the backbone of events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.
More than 2,000 volunteers work for more than 150 nonprofit groups out at the track each year.
The groups work in several areas at the track— from concession stands, parking and selling merchandise, to preparation and clean up after the race.
The groups earn anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars depending on their job.
The IMS calls the relationship a win-win.
“It’s a great way for us to help give back to the community, especially in this difficult economic time when sometimes it’s hard for people to reach into their pockets and give money, it’s a lot easier for them to give time to help raise money,” said Doug Boles with IMS.
There is currently a waiting list of groups wanting to work the 500.
Nonprofit groups also work out at IMS for other events like the Brickyard 400 and the Moto GP.