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Each year, the conference celebrates the spirit of service. Nowhere is that spirit more visible than in the volunteers who make the conference happen by serving as room monitors, directing participants, and helping out in countless other capacities.

We are seeking volunteers, ages 14 and older, to assist with workshops, service-learning projects, registration, set-up, and tear down to join the Conference Service Corps.

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Volunteers…

  • learn about exciting developments in the service-learning field;
  • receive an orientation and snacks;
  • have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions and other conference events;
  • work alongside other volunteers from diverse backgrounds;
  • engage with key leaders in the service-learning community;
  • make the conference an amazing experience for 2,000 people.

Interested in volunteering prior to the conference and being part of the conference planning process? If so, we have a variety of committees that are looking for volunteer members. Please visit our Planning Committee page or contact conference@nylc.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Conference Service Corps! Below are responses to some frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer below, please do not hesitate to contact us at conference@nylc.org.

Signing Up to Volunteer
How can I register a group of volunteers for the conference?
Will I still be able to attend workshops and other conference events if I volunteer for a day?
Can I volunteer before the conference begins or after it ends?
Do volunteers receive a discount on conference registration?

Volunteer Assignments
How long must I volunteer if I sign up to volunteer for a day?
What sorts of tasks do volunteers assist with?
Will I still have a flexible schedule if I decide to volunteer?
How soon will I know the specific times I will need to volunteer during the conference?

On-site Details for Volunteers
Where should I report for volunteering? / What is the Service Corps headquarters?
Can I store personal belongings in the Service Corps headquarters?
Why do I need to show up at headquarters twenty minutes before my designated volunteer time?
How can I arrange meals while volunteering?
What should I wear to the conference as a volunteer?

Signing Up to Volunteer

How can I register a group of volunteers for the conference?
We require contact information for each volunteer for communication purposes leading up to the conference. Click here to sign up.

Will I still be able to attend workshops and other conference events if I volunteer for a day?
If you are registered for the full conference and would like to volunteer, we would certainly welcome the extra help! Volunteers who are not registered for the conference may attend workshops as workshop room monitors. They may also attend most plenary sessions, because there are not usually other responsibilities during this time.

Can I volunteer before the conference begins or after it ends?
Volunteers play a vital role in setting up the conference on site starting Tuesday, March 10 (before the conference starts). Volunteers may also choose to help take down displays and exhibits on Friday, March 15, the final day of the conference.

Do volunteers receive a discount on conference registration?
Volunteers receive a 10% discount off of the full-adult conference registration fee. Please contact conference@nylc.org for more information.

Volunteer Assignments

How long must I volunteer if I sign up to volunteer for a day?
Volunteers may sign up for as many assignments/hours as they wish, there is no minimum. However, volunteers who work for a minimum of four hours will receive a meal ticket.

What sorts of tasks do volunteers assist with?
Prior to the start of the conference, volunteers help set up, move, and prepare conference materials. During the conference, volunteers act as workshop room monitors, assist with on- and off-site service-learning projects, and give directions and information to attendees at the information booth and various conference events. Volunteers also help take down conference displays and exhibits at the end of the conference.

Will I still have a flexible schedule if I decide to volunteer?
Volunteers will be contacted in late January by email with a list of volunteer roles to choose from. These roles will have fixed times and the Conference Service Corps committee will make every effort to schedule volunteer hours to suit each individual's needs.

How soon will I know the specific times I will need to volunteer during the conference?
Volunteers will be contacted in late January by email with a list of volunteer roles to choose from. After filling out preferences, the Conference Service Corps committee will contact each volunteer to confirm choices about two weeks before the conference starts.

On-Site Details for Volunteers

Where should I report for volunteering?
The Service Corps headquarters location will be emailed to volunteers two weeks before the conference. All volunteers should report to the room twenty minutes before their assigned work slot.

Can I store personal belongings in the Service Corps headquarters?
Volunteers can leave bags and coats in the Conference Service Corps headquarters. Volunteer coordinators will be stationed at the headquarters throughout the day, but the conference is not responsible for items left or lost in the room. Volunteers are encouraged to keep all valuables with them at all times during the conference.

Why do I need to show up at headquarters twenty minutes before my designated volunteer time?
Volunteers should arrive twenty minutes before their assigned work slot to receive on-site training and become familiar with the facility.

How can I arrange meals while volunteering?
Each volunteer receives a complimentary meal ticket for every four hours volunteered. The Conference Service Corps committee will also provide snacks throughout the day.

What should I wear to the conference as a volunteer?
Volunteers are asked to present a neat appearance. Please wear a business-casual top and and business-casual pants or nice denim jeans.