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Volunteer Opportunities at General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) Volunteer Committee provides GA registration in exchange for volunteer work at GA. Volunteer Applications must be submitted by March 31. Adult volunteers are required to contribute 24 hours. Youth (grades 9-12) volunteers and those who qualify for reduced registration rates are required to contribute 14 hours.

  • The deadline for applications was March 31.
  • Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 23.

Please do not register for General Assembly while your volunteer application is pending.

Available Assignments

Volunteers may request first and second choices for volunteer assignment. Registration volunteers usually work intensely at the beginning of GA and many are done by the weekend. Ushers work during Plenary (business meeting) sessions, so they will likely have lighter schedules on Thursday and Friday and then work intensely on the weekend. Other assignments (Cyber Café, Service Project, and Volunteer Office) may be able to provide a more balanced schedule.

  • Accessibility Services
    Provide information and assistance to individuals with mobility difficulties and those who request other services. Experience with providing services to persons with disabilities is desirable.
  • Ambiance
    Decorate the spaces used by GA; hang Unitarian Universalist (UU) banners and other decorations. Volunteers must be available to work Wednesday to hang decorations and move “props.”
  • Cyber Cafe
    Assist attendees with basic computer functions such as checking email, editing documents, printing boarding passes, accessing the online people finder. Remind attendees of Cyber Cafe time limits when appropriate. Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing, and patient.
  • Exhibit Hall
    Must be available the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to GA to help check-in exhibitors. Must be comfortable saying no and firmly holding to exhibit hall entrance policies during exhibitor move-in.
  • Greeter
    Greet people arriving at the convention center; answer questions and give directions. Most volunteers are needed Tuesday through Friday.
  • House Manager
    Assist Tech Deck (described below), ensuring that the stage is properly set for upcoming events in the hall (possibly moving chairs, chalice, etc.), assisting speakers on and off stage, and other duties as assigned. This person will need to be on their feet and on the go for long stretches of time. Lifting 20-40 pounds is also required.
  • Information Desk
    Provide information about host city; maintain message boards. Volunteers needed to work with the convention center staff providing concierge service, restaurant information, etc. Volunteers should be outgoing and have some familiarity with the local area.
  • Recycling
    Aid our attendees in putting waste in the appropriate streams for GA’s particular state and venue. Volunteers should be outgoing, passionate about environmental sustainability and able to work independently. Additional duties as assigned by the recycling volunteer coordinator.
  • Registration
    Work with UUA staff at registration. Most volunteers are needed Tuesday through Thursday. Should be friendly, detail-oriented persons.
  • Service Project
    Staff booth in the exhibit hall to collect donations and promote a service project that will benefit the local community.
  • Tech Deck
    Volunteers need to be comfortable with computers and Power Point and be physically able to help move furniture on the stage. Need to available starting Tuesday morning.
  • Usher
    Count votes during Plenary sessions; maintain order at large functions; distribute materials; check badges. Volunteers work daily Wednesday through Sunday, and should be friendly but firm. Ushers may not be delegates.
  • Volunteer Office
    Handle volunteer check-in and short term, last minute assignments during GA. Most volunteers are needed Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Youth Media Volunteers
    For youth attendees. Photograph, video record and share Youth Caucus activities through social media. These volunteers will work during Youth Caucus programs (workshop slots and some evenings) and depending on schedules may also cover plenary and other events from a youth perspective. These volunteers will work primarily Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Volunteers should be comfortable with technology and social media.

Volunteers are notified of their acceptance in April, before the May 1 registration rate increase.

Please do not register for General Assembly while your volunteer application is pending.

General Assembly Chaplains

The General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC) is committed to providing a rich and rewarding experience to all attendees at General Assemblies. As a part of this commitment, the General Assembly Planning Committee is funding GA registrations for six volunteers selected to serve as GA Chaplains. These individuals must be Unitarian Universalist Association fellowshipped ministers, preferably in final fellowship, competent and comfortable with AR/AO/MC understanding and practice. Applicants should be in good standing with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), have excellent pastoral skills, and bring knowledge and skills in both anti-oppression work and cultural sensitivity.

If you are interested in being considered, please review the Chaplain application and job description. The application deadline was March 1st.

For more information contact generalassembly @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

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