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Volunteering! Want to help out at the con? Look here!

#1 User is offline   Zeth 

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 01:30 AM

Got free time during the con and want to help out? Volunteering can use you! We always need people to help out with various things around the convention. Whether you do it for the free crash space, comped badge, or just to give back to the con that you love so much, we'll always appreciate you.

Benefits to volunteering include but are not limited to:

Free crash space- if you're 18 or older, work 6 hours per day, get a free place to sleep that night. This only applies to each specific person who works these hours, as we have limited space. You need to work the 6 hours each day that you'll want to use the room.
Rollover badge- work 16 hours total, get a free badge next year!!
LOVE AND ADORATION from DESPERATE STAFFERS who need YOUR HEROICALLY PROVIDED AID- <3 <3 <3


Also, a lot of staff starts out through volunteering- that's what I did! Get to know us and let us get to know you this way!

(sign-up sheet link removed as we'll be using a new sheet this next year) This form will let you let us know if you have any particular things you can do in particular- heavy lifting, working with tech stuff, etc.


Here are the official rules! READ THESE!

Age Limit: Must be at least 18 to volunteer.
A photo ID with your birthdate will be required for Sign Up.
Wear your Volunteers Badge ONLY when doing Volunteer Work
Crash Space Rules:
Must be 18 to stay in Crash Space Room.
An ID will be left with Volunteers Staff if you take a Room Key.
Must be 18 to help IRT Department. An ID is required as proof of age.

Hours of Operation:
To be announced


We'll also be having a prize for the volunteer who's worked the most hours as of Saturday night! This prize is a tantalizing mystery. Work hard to find out what it could be!

That said....any questions? :)

This post has been edited by Zeth: 09 August 2011 - 12:10 AM


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Posted 08 November 2010 - 12:58 PM

Yes.

How...satisfying, earthly and cosmically, is it to become Gofer-fied?
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:11 PM

Very :D. Though we're not using the term gofer anymore.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:26 PM

Why no more gofer denominations? Whoooo complained...
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 02:01 PM

Apparently in recent years the term has acquired some unwelcome slang connotations, so we're just volunteers for now. We're trying to think of something else fun to call them, though!

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:43 PM

Hmmm...well what do you folks need the most help with usually?
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:46 AM

Theres really no telling- we need lots of things. Badge checking, help setting things up, carrying things from one room to another, you name it. There's really no single big thing.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 07:05 AM

Is there a date by which you need to know my availability? I might be able to do this, but I might not.
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:10 AM

We have a sign-up form now! Go here and fill this out if you want to volunteer.

This post has been edited by Zeth: 01 February 2011 - 07:14 PM


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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:00 PM

View PostZeth, on 12 November 2010 - 04:46 AM, said:

Theres really no telling- we need lots of things. Badge checking, help setting things up, carrying things from one room to another, you name it. There's really no single big thing.

Many thanks for the heads up. If there ever is a need for heavy heavy lifting, let me know fo sho
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:11 PM

We do need that sometimes! Especially during setup on Thirsday and teardown Sunday afternoon. Be there then and I'm sure there will be something to haul!

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 05:12 PM

Do we have to have our badge to volunteer?

I ask because my group of friends and I always do will call pick up, so I am waiting in the line Thursday afternoon/evening instead of volunteering.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:55 PM

Screw it. Zeth, I'm perfectly willing to make a commitment to the pre/post-con volunteer work right now. Message or skype me and we can talk about what you need. Then when the schedule comes up we can discuss what hours you need me to work, I should be pretty open.

This post has been edited by callmeSamuel: 12 November 2010 - 08:56 PM

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:27 AM

This post is now in the rules at the top of the thread.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:29 AM

Alright, that's cool.

How do you get people to help out during the pre-con set up, though?
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 01:16 AM

Plenty of people show up fairly early on Thursday- people who have had their badges mailed, or got through the lines earlier, etc etc. Thursday is when we use volunteer setup help.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 01:19 AM

Cool, I'll see you there.

In the meantime, if you need volunteer work with any promotions or anything outside the con, send me a message, I'd be happy to help.
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 12:50 AM

Is there a limit to how many can volunteer? Like you guys get full or anything like that? And does the 4+ hours (I heard it was 5 hours) and free room apply to everyone?

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:56 AM

There isn't a max number of volunteers, and as far as I know there's mo real restriction on who can use the crash space if youve put in the hours to earn it- though the amount of space we have is limited, sadly. We only get a few rooms to use.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:06 PM

so its more like first come first serve?
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:25 AM

Pretty much, yes.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 04:47 PM

Just wanted to say, we love people who volunteer to help out at the con. <3
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:00 PM

Sounds like a good deal! So, I show up Thursday afternoon/evening, find the volunteer location, work 2+ hours (or is it four even on Thursday?), and I get to crash that night?
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:12 PM

That's right, yes, assuming you've got your badge already.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:53 AM

So if you sign up for volunteering you must order your badge early and come the thursday for set up? and when you buy your badge early how long does it take to recieve it? sorry one more question>_< how do you know what volunteer location you go to? do you pick it?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 05:26 PM

No, you don't have to pre-register for it, it's quite possible to get it at-con and still be able to. There should be information on when a pre-reg badge you get mailed to you should reach you in the registration part of the website. You also don't have to work on Thursday, we just like it when people do :)

What department you work for isn't a set thing- we send people where they're needed when they're needed. You won't be working for the same place the entire con.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:21 PM

I'm definitely considering lending my spare time. Especially because my friends and I are just going to end up sitting around the hotel Thursday. xD

Around what time does set up normally start? Out of curiosity.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:25 AM

We'll most likely be open to sign in volunteers at 4 PM or so. Though this may change- it'll be posted in the original post if it does!

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 08:27 AM

View PostStrawberry Alchemy, on 25 January 2011 - 07:21 PM, said:

I'm definitely considering lending my spare time. Especially because my friends and I are just going to end up sitting around the hotel Thursday. xD

Around what time does set up normally start? Out of curiosity.


Main Programming usually will start setting up around 2pmish or so. Depending on when the truck gets in that has all the equipment on it, as a lot of equipment for other departments come in on the same truck.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 08:34 AM

Excellent. :) I believe check-in for the DoubleTree is around 3 pm if I remember correctly, so once we get in and settled, we'd be able to head over and help. I'm definitely counting myself in for this one. I've always wanted to help out.

There's a link on the main site under "Get Involved > Volunteering" about "New ACen Runner Sign-up." Should I fill that out now, or is it better to just wander over on Thursday until I find a staff member and offer our help?
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