Volunteer Opportunities at General Assembly

Each year, General Assembly is made possible by the contributions of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from editing videos for the on-demand library to hanging banners in the convention center. GA Volunteers typically work 20 hours, including trainings. All will be expected to attend online trainings (one hour of Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multi-Cultural training and one to two hours of job-specific training) to be scheduled in May and June. Some (e.g., editors) will work before GA, most will work during GA.

Volunteers applicants are asked to provide a first, second, and third choice of assignment. Training will be provided. Notifications will be sent by email on a rolling basis.

Onsite Volunteers

Onsite Volunteer Applications will be posted here in November.

Onsite Volunteers are offered full-time registration for in-person attendance at General Assembly. All of the following assignments are for in-person teams; teams that also have offsite members include the " - Onsite" designation. Onsite volunteers may also serve virtual constituents.

Accessibility Services - Onsite
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.

Atmosphere
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” and again on Sunday for breakdown where needed. Atmosphere team will coordinate setup of conversation spaces, labeling spaces by topic and time each day. Atmoshere team will also accent lunch tables in the exhibit hall and assist the GACS Exhibit Hall manager with setup of the Cyber Café and/or common areas in the exhibit hall.

Chaplains - Onsite
GA Chaplains manage and coordinate care for registered attendees experiencing spiritual or physical crisis during GA. Chaplains must be in final fellowship with the UUA MFC and a member in good standing with the UUMA (retired ministers are also encouraged to apply).

Conflict & Covenant - Onsite
The Conflict & Covenant Team assists registered attendees of virtual General Assembly who are in conflict and/or whose actions violate the GA covenant (Expectations of all General assembly Attendees and Practices for Fostering Multicultural Dialogue and Community). Team members must have prior training and experience in conflict resolution.

Commission on Social Witness (CSW)
Must be available Wednesday through Sunday to help staff the CSW booth in the exhibit hall. After an orientation, CSW Volunteers will be able to explain the Social Witness process for congregational study action issues (CSAIs) and Statements of Conscience. Volunteers will also take notes at Mini-Assemblies and solicit ideas on alternatives for social witnessing.

Exhibit Hall (just one volunteer needed)
Must be available early 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.

Greeters (mobile)
Greet people arriving at the convention center; answer questions and give directions. Most volunteers are needed Tuesday through Friday. Locals strongly preferred.

Info Services (stationary)
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 area. Locals strongly preferred.

Mainstage Tech Deck - Onsite
Volunteers need to be comfortable with computers and Power Point. Need to be available starting Tuesday morning and during General Sessions.

Middle School Camp (background check required)
Assist with our middle school camp (grades 5 - 8) during GA. The Day Camp will be headquartered at an hotel adjacent to the convention center, but excursions are being planned.

Recycling / Green Team
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 check-in to welcome and badge arriving attendees and delegates. Most volunteers are needed Tuesday through Thursday and must be availabe to work on Wednesday. Should be friendly, detail-oriented persons.

Safety
The safety team will respond to and intervene in incidents of harm, attend to crises both medical and emotional and interact with outside agencies including the police towards the safety of convening participants.

Service Project (small team)
Staff booth in the exhibit hall to collect donations and promote a service project..

Teller - Onsite (no delegates)
Work at microphones during General Sessions, controlling delegate line; assist in tabulating votes during voting sessions. Tellers should be familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order. Volunteers work daily Wednesday through Sunday, and should be friendly but firm. Tellers may not be delegates.

Usher (no delegates)
Maintain order at large functions (worships, General Sessions, all-GA events); check name badges; distribute materials. Volunteers work daily Wednesday through Sunday, and should be friendly but firm. Ushers may not be delegates.

Volunteer Office
Handle volunteer check-in, run GA Lost & Found, manage wayfinding signage, and short term, last minute assignments during GA. Most volunteers are needed Tuesday through Saturday.

Offsite Volunteers

Offsite Volunteers are offered registration for virtual attendance at General Assembly. Some (e.g., editors) will work before GA, others (e.g. moderators) will work mostly during GA. All of the following assignments are virtual/offsite; teams that also have onsite members include the " - Offsite" designation.

Offsite Volunteer Applications will be posted here in early 2022.

Accessibility Services - Offsite (before and during GA)
Help registrants encountering accessibility problems with the GA Participation Portal and finding solutions to the problems. Volunteers will work closely with staff to fix issues that can be resolved. Must be comfortable talking on the phone.

Chaplains - Offsite (during GA)
GA Chaplains manage and coordinate care for registered attendees experiencing spiritual or physical crisis during GA. Chaplains must be in final fellowship with the UUA MFC and a member in good standing with the UUMA (retired ministers are also encouraged to apply).

Conflict & Covenant - Offsite (during GA)
The Conflict & Covenant Team assists registered attendees of virtual General Assembly who are in conflict and/or whose actions violate the GA covenant (which is accepted and agreed to by all attendees prior to being granted access to the virtual GA Portal). Team members must have prior training and experience in conflict resolution.

Commission on Social Witness (CSW) (during GA)
CSW Volunteers will be able to explain the Social Witness process for congregational study action issues (CSAIs) and Statements of Conscience. Volunteers will also take notes at Mini-Assemblies and solicit ideas on alternatives for social witnessing.

GA App Host (during GA)
Welcome attendees to the spaces for networking and connection in the Whova Event App. Provide discussion prompts and assist attendees in interacting with one another as a function of community building. Remove inappropriate content and remove participants who do not honor the community agreement.

Inclusivity Review (before GA)
Work closely with the Worship Arts Team to apply ARAOMC lens to General Assembly pre-recorded video, written materials, and musical content to implement the UUA's Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive, Multi-Cultural principles.

Mainstage Chat Host (during GA)
Monitor and participate in the delegate chat rooms. Removing inappropriate content and users who are not following the community covenant. Chat hosts will have a direct line to the Tech Support and other support staff to provide feedback and be notified of issues.

Mainstage Tech Deck - Offsite (before and during GA)
Help with media submissions by processing, vetting, and cleaning up the content as well as coordinating with the production team during live events. Must be comfortable with PowerPoint and available during General Sessions.

Post Production (caption and video editing) (before and during GA)
Review and cleans up the transcripts of recorded content used to generate caption files. Help clean up video submissions. Work includes trimming, stabilizing, adjusting audio levels and noise, and adding pre and post rolls. This team will work closely with the caption editors, tech hosts, and streaming team. Video editing experience is recommended, but not required.

Systemic Justice (during GA)
The GA Systemic Justice Team assists registered attendees from currently and/or historically marginalized communities in creating structural change by providing access and advocacy to challenge and change oppressive structures and/or systems. Team members must have a thorough comprehension of the issues of oppression experienced by various individuals and groups in our event community.

Tech Support (right before and during GA)
Respond to support tickets from registrants requesting help or technical advice. In some cases volunteers may need to call the registrant. Knowledge of video conferencing, streaming, and general computer support required.

Teller - Offsite (during GA)
Work during General Sessions controlling delegate queue; assist during mini-assemblies and voting sessions. Tellers may not be delegates.

Workshop Hosts (chat and Zoom) (right before and during GA)
Monitor and participate in the chat rooms. Removing inappropriate content and users who are not following the community covenant. Chat hosts will have a direct line to the Tech Support and other support staff to provide feedback and be notified of issues.
Help manage the webinars, by starting the event, displaying event title card, playing pre-roll, and starting any pre-recorded content. Post event, ensure recording is edited and ready for on-demand consumption