Your volunteering questions answered

Your volunteering questions answeredBeth A. KapesHost Committee

There is no doubt that those from Cleveland and the region are excited to be part of history by volunteering for the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. With over 6,800 currently registered to serve as ambassadors for the city throughout the Convention in July, the Host Committee is dedicated to keeping volunteers informed about their potential roles.
Here are answers to some of your most asked questions from the Host Committee’s Volunteer Manager.
Q: What is the time frame that volunteers will be needed throughout the Convention, and how long is a typical volunteer shift?
A: The Host Committee is responsible for providing and staffing volunteers beginning Saturday, July 16 through the following Saturday, July 23. Each volunteer shift is four hours in length.
Q: Are all volunteers required to stand throughout a shift?
A: Unlike many of the outside events and conventions that Cleveland has hosted in the past, the Convention volunteering opportunities are primarily inside and offer the ability to sit or stand. Hotel volunteers will be seated at information tables throughout their shifts. Wayfinders—volunteers who assist visitors in navigating the area in highly travelled corridors outdoors—will be positioned on streets and various outside venues to distribute maps and informational materials.
Q: Is a background check required?
A: Background checks are required for all Cleveland 2016 Host Committee volunteers—even if you have already completed one for your current job. Background checks will be completed online and are free of charge.
Q: Will volunteers need to complete any training?
A: All Host Committee volunteers must complete a formal training. Sessions will be held throughout Northeast Ohio in late May and June. More information about volunteer training sessions is expected at the end of April.
Q: Is there an age requirement in order to volunteer?
A: All Host Committee volunteers must be 18 years or older by June 1 to volunteer. Volunteer registrants who do not meet the age requirement will not have access to volunteer opportunities.
Q: When will registered volunteers be able to choose a volunteer location and shift?
A: The ability to choose a specific Host Committee volunteer location and shift is expected to be available at the end of April.