Help us by Volunteering!

ANTHROCON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

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Thank you for your interest in helping out with Anthrocon. We depend on our small but dedicated army of volunteers to help with the thousands of things that need to be done. While we cannot pay our volunteers for their unselfish service, we can at least try to make their efforts worthwhile. As you work, we will ask you to keep track of your hours on a form that we will give to you. If you work for twelve (12) hours during the convention, we will give you a free Anthrocon 2014 T-shirt! If you work more than eighteen (18) hours, we will give you a complimentary membership to Anthrocon 2015 next year. You will be given a timesheet when you sign up. Except as noted below, we usually do not try to assign volunteers tasks ahead of time. This is simply because people's plans change even up to the last minute. If you are interested in volunteering, you need only stop by the Convention Operations Office (aka Con Ops) and sign up. Con Ops will be located in Room 309 of the Convention Center during convention hours (7 AM to 2 AM Thursday through Sunday), and in the Crawford Room on the 3rd floor of the Westin Hotel after hours (all day Wednesday, 2 AM to 7 AM Wednesday to Sunday, and until noon on Monday). The list below is to give you an idea of what sort of help we need and when, and to give you a chance to plan ahead on your own what you might want to do to help out.

Where, when, and why we need volunteers.

Wednesday, July 2

  • EARLY-MORNING Pittsburgh-area Loaders. We need folks who can travel to the Anthrocon storage locker, located about 5 miles north of the Convention Center in Pittsburgh, in order to help load the equipment that we keep there. The truck is arriving in the area around 7:30 AM! We need about 3-4 people with good strong backs; additionally, we need one or two people who are either local to the Pittsburgh area, or will have a car with them, who can help shuttle volunteers out and back. The truck is expected to arrive at the storage locker at 7:30 AM and is expected to be there about an hour, so we will need people who can get up early to help out. Breakfast will be provided when we arrive in Pittsburgh! Since Con Ops will not yet be open, we will have volunteer timesheets on hand and can sign you up at the storage facility. If you can commit to helping with this activity, please email volunteer(AT)anthrocon.org and let us know (1) that you are available, (2) whether you will have a car, and (3) if so, how many people you anticipate that you could take in your car.
  • Unloaders. A fully-laden truck will be arriving at the Westin at approximately 9:30 AM (that's in the morning, as a reminder!). We will need 2-3 people to carry some of the equipment from the loading dock up to the Crawford Room. If you couldn't make it early enough to be a "Loader," we can still use your strong back here. There will not be a lot of material going to the Westin, so we only need a few folks here. If you would look to help out with this activity, just stop by the Westin Operations Office located in the Crawford Room, 3rd floor.
  • Operations Volunteers. Ops can use folks to help set up shelves, organize the office, unpack boxes, set up signs on easels, and numerous other tasks.
  • Registration Volunteers. We'll have more than 5000 registration bags to stuff with con books, flyers, pocket programs, and so forth. It is a tedious task, but the more folks we have working on it, the faster it will go! This year the job is going to take place in Concourse B of the Convention Center, starting around 12:00 PM, much earlier than in previous years. You must stop by Con Ops first and sign up as a volunteer before coming down to help!!

Thursday, July 3

  • Internet Room Volunteers. Help run cables, carry computers around, and learn from the immortal Tigerwolf! We also have a special need for night-owls to keep an eye on the Internet Room between the hours of midnight and 8 AM. Hours worked in this late-night capacity will count at 200% of time worked. If you will be available to help out during this time, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • Registration Volunteers. Want to help hand out badges or check folks in? We can certainly use you!
  • Door Guards. There's some areas that require Anthrocon badges to enter. We often ask sharp-eyed volunteers to man the door and make sure the riffraff don't get in!
  • Art Show Volunteers. The Art Show staff can use help in getting artists checked in and making sure everything flows smoothly.
  • A/V Assistants. Audio & Video needs volunteers who are comfortable learning and working with professional A/V gear, and who can keep a cool head when the pressure is on. We are especially looking for individuals who are willing to return from year to year.
  • Hospitality/Info Desk Volunteers. We're looking for a few good folks, preferably who live locally, who can answer common questions such as "where do I find..?" You'll be provided with a map of the area, the dining guide, up-to-date information about the schedule and locations of events, and most importantly, a radio in case someone throws a question you can't answer.
  • Gofers. We'll need you to go fer this and go fer that. This can involve anything from helping carry boxes to running messages.

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Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5

  • Registration Volunteers. Want to help hand out badges or check folks in? We can certainly use you!
  • Door Guards. There's some areas that require Anthrocon badges to enter. We often ask sharp-eyed volunteers to man the door and make sure the riffraff don't get in!
  • Internet Room Volunteers. We have a special need for night-owls to keep an eye on the Internet Room between the hours of midnight and 8 AM. Hours worked in this late-night capacity will count at 200% of time worked. If you will be available to help out during this time, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • A/V Assistants. Audio & Video needs volunteers who are comfortable learning and working with professional A/V gear, and who can keep a cool head when the pressure is on. We are especially looking for individuals who are willing to return from year to year.
  • Headless Lounge Assistants. Weary fursuiters will be grateful for your help as they stop in to cool off.
  • Art Show Volunteers. The Art Show staff can use help in getting the rest of the artists checked in, signing up bidders, and making sure everything flows smoothly, as well as help with the Mature Art Auction Saturday night.
  • Hospitality/Info Desk Volunteers. We're looking for a few good folks, preferably who live locally, who can answer common questions such as "where do I find..?" You'll be provided with a map of the area, the dining guide, up-to-date information about the schedule and locations of events, and most importantly, a radio in case someone throws a question you can't answer.
  • Gofers. We'll need you to go fer this and go fer that. This can involve anything from helping carry boxes to running messages.

Sunday, July 6

  • Registration Volunteers. Want to help hand out badges or check folks in? We can certainly use you! Also, once Registration closes int he afternoon there'll be a lot of things to pack up.
  • Door Guards. There's some areas that require Anthrocon badges to enter. We often ask sharp-eyed volunteers to man the door and make sure the riffraff don't get in!
  • A/V Assistants. You never know when you need an extra hand to hold a light!
  • Art Show Volunteers. The Art Show staff can use help with the General Art Auction, in getting artists checked out and making sure the Art Pickup flows smoothly.
  • Charity Assistants. The charity auction may need some folks backstage to help organize the items and to man the radio. We may also need runners at the auction itself.
  • Gofers. We'll need you to go fer this and go fer that. This can involve anything from helping carry boxes to running messages.
  • Internet Room Volunteers. We have a special need for night-owls to keep an eye on the Internet Room between the hours of midnight and 8 AM. Hours worked in this late-night capacity will count at 200% of time worked. [b]If you will be available to help out during this time, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • Hospitality/Info Desk Volunteers. We're looking for a few good folks, preferably who live locally, who can answer common questions such as "where do I find..?" You'll be provided with a map of the area, the dining guide, up-to-date information about the schedule and locations of events, and most importantly, a radio in case someone throws a question you can't answer.
  • Operations Volunteers. We're going to start packing up in the evening, and we will need people later in the night to help organize things into boxes and stack them so that they can be loaded into the truck the following morning.

Monday, July 8 -- Hours worked this day count at 150% of time worked!

  • Internet Room Volunteers. Help pack up cables, carry computers around, and pack the Tigerden truck to return home.
  • NOTE: We have a committed crew who will be assisting with load-out and transport to the storage locker, so we will not need people for that task on Monday this year!

For more information on volunteering, please see our Volunteering FAQ.

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