We’re getting ready for the 2019 Support Driven Expo Americas and we would love to have your help at the event! Volunteers will have the chance to contribute to and participate in Expo Americas: meet attendees and speakers, provide support for the conference, attend sessions, and help ensure attendees have an awesome experience. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and who love to help. If this sounds like you, keep reading!
As a volunteer at SD Expo Americas, you will:
- Be an essential part of the event.
- Learn the inner organizational workings of a support conference.
- Spend quality time with Expo organizers.
- Have the opportunity to meet speakers and members from the Support Driven community.
- Be on the ground, interacting with Expo Americas attendees.
- Have an opportunity to attend the conference part of the time and volunteer part of the time.
If you’d like to hear how volunteering has impacted community members (including me!), be sure to read our Volunteer Stories blog post.
I’m in! What does Expo Americas need help with?
Expo Americas needs one person, a Community Meetup Coordinator, to organize things ahead of time, in addition to several volunteers to help at the event itself at the PSU Viking Pavilion in Portland, Oregon, July 11-12. Here are brief summaries about what we need help with (we are happy to share more detailed role descriptions if you have questions):
Community Meetup Coordinator — Be the point of contact for community members who organize meetups adjacent to SD Expo Americas. This will involve collecting information about the meetups from community members, then adding them to the Support Driven event calendar and Expo app, Whova. (1 volunteer needed)
Registration — Check in attendees at the Support Driven table and provide next steps. Perfect for someone who likes meeting and greeting people and checking names off of lists.
Support Driven Table/Reference — Staff the SD table during non-registration times: the Support Driven table is where attendees tend to go to ask questions about the event, and we’ll want to keep that table staffed during sessions.
Runners — There are always things that need to be gotten :-) Runners are happy to handle unexpected errands on site.
Talk Room Emcee/MC — aka Master of Ceremonies. The talk rooms will include a pre-loaded slide deck and 20-minute talks every half hour. An emcee will bring the room together, provide flow, introduce speakers, and keep things running on schedule. This job is perfect for someone who’s thinking about one day getting on stage to present a talk and would like an introductory way to practice being in front of an audience. (8 volunteers needed)
Photographers –– Use your phone or digital camera to snap photos throughout the event. We’re not looking for professional-grade photographs. We are looking to capture moments where people are learning, talking, cooperating, laughing, participating in workshops, and getting value out of the conference.
Wherever there’s a need — Helping out with random unspecified things here and there, etc.
Will Expo Americas pay for my expenses?
Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to Expo Americas. We are unable to cover travel and lodging expenses for volunteers, which means that if you want to get involved, you will need to cover the costs of getting to and staying in Portland, Oregon.
What Should I Expect?
For day-of volunteers, plan on committing a total of 6 hours of volunteering at the event. This includes a four-hour shift plus arriving on site at 7 am July 11 to go through the running of the conference and help set up the venue. The more volunteers we have, the more of the conference each volunteer gets to experience! For the Community Meetup role, plan on 1-2 hours per week in the 4-6 weeks leading up to the event.
Once you fill out the volunteer application below, you’ll receive an email from us with more details about the role(s) you expressed interest in. You will be added to the volunteer team, and depending on your preferences, you’ll be assigned a role and time slot. About 4 weeks prior to the conference, the Volunteer Coordinator will send out a survey to select a time for an online volunteer meeting. The video call will take place about a week before SD Expo Americas and will go through the running of the conference, the volunteer assignments, and to answer questions.
On the days of the event, you’ll be carrying out your assigned tasks, working as part of a team. Volunteering at Expo presents a unique opportunity to work alongside amazing people from the Support Driven community!
Sign ME up!! I’m looking forward to helping out! Where do I apply?
Click the Start button below, fill out the form, and click Submit!