PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced that it already has approximately 7,000 volunteers registered to its volunteer database, making it ahead of schedule in its volunteer recruitment efforts. This number also puts the Host Committee well beyond the halfway mark towards reaching its goal of 10,000 volunteers to help with the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“Such unprecedented interest in volunteering for the DNC speaks volumes to the fact that Philadelphians are excited about this event and committed to making their city shine,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “Locally, this Convention is about celebrating Philadelphia and the people and places that make it great. We still have a lot of work to do and look forward to continuing to build a volunteers corps that represents the makeup of Philadelphia and helps us make this the most successful Convention yet.”
The Host Committee also announced that it will participate in a Civic Engagement Expo that will be held as part of the 21st Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, hosted by Global Citizen 365, on Monday, January 18th. The Host Committee will have a table at the event from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and will be available to speak with prospective Convention volunteers, provide information about the types of Convention volunteer opportunities and register individuals to its volunteer database. Volunteering for the Convention gives individuals an opportunity to help activate and promote Philadelphia on a national scale, which will provide invaluable experience as well as positively impact different sectors of the city for years to come.
The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest such event in the country and promotes year-round volunteer service and civic engagement. The Expo will be held at Girard College, which is the region’s signature project site for volunteer opportunities.
The Host Committee will formally launch its volunteer recruitment effort in the coming weeks. In the meantime, individuals interested in volunteering with the Host Committee should register to its volunteer database here. The Host Committee is seeking volunteers to handle a variety of responsibilities leading up to and during the Convention, including:
- Volunteer leaders to provide field support and manage groups of volunteers;
- Transportation volunteers to facilitate and provide transit;
- Venue and event support volunteers to greet and guide guests as well as provide logistical support at various Convention events;
- Hospitality volunteers to welcome and assist delegates and guests at the airport, train station, hotels, and downtown districts;
- Press volunteers to help manage and guide the media covering the Convention;
- Social media-savvy volunteers to digitally capture stories of Convention week’s historic events;
- Administrative support volunteers to help keep the Host Committee’s office running smoothly and efficiently.