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Welcome to the Homeschool Iowa Conference Volunteer Page!
It takes many hands to put on a conference of this magnitude. If you are interested in helping us put on the best conference ever, we would welcome your willing hands.
NICHE is looking for volunteers with servants' hearts to help at this year's conference. There are a limited number of positions available, so not everyone who applies will necessarily be selected.
Please make sure to scroll down this page to read all information, including the volunteer qualifications, dress code & protocol sections as well as the downloadable job descriptions before you submit your application.
Conference Volunteers Age 14-18 & Adults Work all hours conference is open Receive t-shirt & lunch money
Children's Program Volunteers Age 14-18 & Adult Work all hours children's program is open & attend training session Receive t-shirt & lunch money
Special Shift Volunteers Non-homeschooling parents & homeschool graduates Work half-day shifts during conference Compensation = Our gratitude!
Volunteer Eligibility Requirements
HI Team Conference Volunteers must:
~ be at least 14 years old by June 1st ~ be currently homeschooled, a homeschool graduate, or a current homeschooling parent ~ be a current NICHE member or have parents who are current NICHE members, at least one of whom will be attending the 2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference ~ be available to work during the scheduled conference: THURSDAY 2-6pm, FRIDAY 8am-6pm & SATURDAY 8am-5pm ~ submit a letter of recommendation from your pastor to email@example.com * * * if you are a new applicant under age 18 * * * [New applications from those under age 18 will not be considered without this letter] ~ complete his/her volunteer application on or before May 1st
HI Team Children's Program Volunteers must:
~ be at least 14 years old by June 1st ~ be currently homeschooled, a homeschool graduate, or a homeschooling parent ~ be a current NICHE member or have parents who are current NICHE members, at least one of whom will be attending the 2014 Homeschool Iowa Conference ~ be available to set-up on THURSDAY afternoon & work ALL day, BOTH days, Friday & Saturday ~ be able to stay for at least 1/2 hour past the end of the last session on Saturday for tear-down ~ be able to attend a training session in the Des Moines area, either March 15 or April 12 ~ submit a letter of recommendation from your pastor to firstname.lastname@example.org * * * if you are a new applicant under age 18 * * * [New applications from those under age 18 will not be considered without this letter] ~ complete his/her volunteer application on or before April 12th
HI Team Short-Shift Specialized Conference Volunteers must: ~ be at a homeschool graduate or parent who is not homeschooling now or planning to in the next school year ~ be available to work a designated shift in either registration or security positions during the conference Thursday, Friday OR Saturday ~ be willing to offer his/her service without compensation (other than our sincere gratitude!) ~ complete his/her volunteer application on or before May 1st
*ThursdaySet-UpCrew* is a crucialpart of our volunteer team because we need lotsofhelp.
Entire families are welcome to volunteer for this pre-conference effort, and we encourage those who are registering for the volunteer positions listed above to help Thursday, too. Thursday is a workday to get the facility ready for the conference and to help our exhibitors unload and set up their booths and displays. While the atmosphere is mostly casual, the work is extremely important and we keep everyone very busy! We ask that set-up volunteers wear comfortable and modest clothing like jeans or Bermuda shorts and loose-fitting shirts. Some returning volunteers wear the previous year’s conference t-shirt. Comfortable shoes are a MUST. You will be on your feet ALL DAY.
We will begin with the general setup of vendors at around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Please indicate on your volunteer registration form if you are able to assist with set-up prior to noon. Remember that facility food concessions will not be operating during set-up on Thursday. We ask that you provide your own food & drinks to eat in the skywalks or outside the building for lunch or snack breaks, as no food or drink is to be brought into the conference facility. Set-up volunteers report to the volunteer check-in area upon arrival. We must have set-up completed by 6:00 p.m. If you will need to leave before the exhibit hall set-up is completed, please indicate this on the volunteer registration form.
Volunteersregisteringforconference, children'sprogram, orspecialshiftpositions, please be sure to type in "yes" on the Volunteer Application form for Thursday Set-Up if you are willing and able to assist on that day.
Those who wish to serve as ThursdaySet-UpOnly volunteers do not need to register online. If you are willing to serve as a Thursday Set-Up only volunteer, email email@example.com
Dress Code & Protocol
~One must be neatly groomed in body and clothing. No gaudy or outlandish hairstyles or jewelry. (This goes for Thursday set-up hours as well.)
~Conference t-shirts are to be worn throughout conference. No embellishments or modifications are allowed (i.e. rolled sleeves, pins, etc.). The facility is sometimes chilly, so plan accordingly. Sweatshirts and jackets will not be allowed over the conference t-shirts -- although you may wear a long-sleeved shirt under your t-shirt, if needed.
~Name tags are to remain visible around the neck at all times. Nametags are not to be traded.
~Volunteers may wear nice denim jeans (no holes), solid-color dress pants, or khaki pants that are not tight-fitting. Girls who do not want to wear jeans or pants may wear denim, dark solid-color, or khaki skirts (below the knee & without revealing slits) that are not tight-fitting.
~Volunteers are expected to keep busy and help out in other areas as needed. If a volunteer does notcomply with this protocol, he/she will be askedtoleave the conference.
~Comfortable shoes are a must.
~Conference volunteers must be on-site @Noon Thursday & @7:00 a.m. both Friday & Saturday. (Children's Program volunteers have specialized hours, including the Thursday before the conference.)
~Volunteers are expected to stay at least 1 hour after the end of the last session on Saturday to assist with tear-down.
The dress code for Thursday Set-Up is more relaxed. Set-Up volunteers should wear comfortable and modest clothing like jeans or Bermuda shorts and loose-fitting shirts. Some returning volunteers wear the previous year’s t-shirt. Comfortable shoes are a MUST. You will be on your feet ALL DAY. Be prepared for a long afternoon of fast-paced, intense work!