PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced that it has recruited more than 16,000 general volunteers interested in helping Philadelphia host the Democratic National Convention this July. More than two months before the start of the Convention, this number far exceeds the Host Committee’s goal of recruiting 10,000 volunteers and reflects significant excitement for this summer’s event in Philadelphia.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming level of support we have received so quickly from the Greater Philadelphia community and beyond for our city to host the DNC,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “The fact that we have exceeded our volunteer recruitment goal by such a wide margin shows that residents from across the city, region and country are excited about this event and want to be a part of it. We are very grateful for their interest in helping us host the Convention.”
The Host Committee also announced that there are 1,000 spaces remaining on its volunteer registration portal. Upon reaching maximum capacity, the portal will close and the Host Committee will start a waitlist for additional interested volunteers. The waitlist will be utilized by the Host Committee in the event of drop-off or attrition from currently registered volunteers in order to fill any remaining roles and shifts as those needs arise.
Just over 60 percent of the registered interested volunteers are from the Greater Philadelphia area, showing a broad level of enthusiasm on the part of the local and regional communities for Philadelphia to host the Convention.
The Democratic National Convention will take place July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia.