Volunteering

We love our volunteers! 

During Fund Drives, we often say that we can’t do it without you, and it’s true.  There are 300 volunteer hours to fill every day of every drive, just to take pledges from callers.  WAMC has three $1M Fund Drives annually – February, June, and October – and volunteers are needed until we reach our goal.  That’s a lot of ringing phones!  So thank you for donating your time to WAMC.  We are very grateful.

The Spring Fund Drive begins June 2nd. Please sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

Fund Drive Volunteering

You may volunteer as many or as few hours as you like.  You must, however, sign up ahead of time.  Drop-ins are highly discouraged. 

If you need to cancel or change your hours, please call Fund Drive Assistant Keren Carmeli at 518-465-5233 x189 or email volunteer@wamc.org.  The sign-up form always reflects current availability, so we encourage you to check back throughout the Fund Drives if you’d like to sign up for additional hours.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled shift.   WAMC’s studios are located at 318 Central Avenue.  We ask that you come early to sign in, put on a nametag, and have a brief orientation if this is your first time. 

During the Fund Drives only, parking is free in The Linda’s parking lot across the street on the other side of Quail St.  You are welcome to park in this lot at no charge.  Street parking is free after 6pm as well.

Meals, snacks, and beverages are provided by many generous businesses in our area.  Every meal will include vegetarian options.  We ask that you consider bringing your own drinking cup or mug, and utensils to reduce waste.

Affiliate groups are encouraged to volunteer on the phones together.  You will receive on air recognition when you participate together, though you will not be on the air directly.  Please schedule as early as possible so we can accommodate you.  We ask that you limit your group size to 4-10 people at a time.

You must be a minimum of 12 years old to volunteer.

Other Volunteering

There are other ways to help out at WAMC apart from Fund Drives. If you're interested please check the appropriate boxes on the sign-up form.

Administrative Assistance:

Tasks may include making phone calls to members, helping to prepare mailings, helping prepare materials before Fund Drives, and online research.

Fulfillment:

Primarily after Fund Drives, you will help us package and ship premium items to members. Some mobility is required, as this can include lifting boxes.

Meal Planning:

You will be reaching out to local restaurants, caterers, and bakeries to secure donations for the Fund Drive volunteers. This can be done entirely by phone. You will also be in communication with Fund Drive staff and other volunteers by email.

Events:

We occasionally need help at WAMC-produced events with checking in attendees, preparing the venue, and providing directional support. Your own transportation to the venue will be required.

Vox Pop:

Vox Pop, WAMC’s call-in program, airs weekdays from 2-3 pm. One volunteer acts as call screener, answering the incoming calls and quickly writing a summary of the caller’s question/comment for the on-air host.

The Linda:

The Linda is WAMC’s Performance Art Studio and hosts multiple events weekly, primarily in the evenings. There are multiple ways to be a Linda volunteer, and volunteers frequently get free tickets to shows. During events, there is a need for greeters, ushers, and ticket takers. There are also opportunities in promotions and administrative roles which require a lengthier commitment. Promotions involves poster and flyer distribution (“street teams”) and social media distribution. Local college students are encouraged to help with promotions for campus outreach; you will work a maximum of 6 hours per month. Administrative volunteers oversee the street teams, help with public relations and design, and provide general office support.