Volunteer Opportunities

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The Commonwealth Club Volunteer Corps

Volunteer at events and help to keep public discourse alive.

Thank you for your interest in joining the exciting team of people who make Club programming possible. With a minimal staff, the Club would not be able to put on events without our volunteers. To sign up for the next volunteer orientation, send an email to volunteers@commonwealthclub.org.

Job Description

Volunteers perform several tasks at Club events including reception set up, acting as host to attendees, checking tickets at the door, ushering, collecting question cards, putting out seating signs, timing events for radio broadcast, and aiding Club staff at will-call.

Time Commitment

Event volunteer assignments correspond with the Club’s program times, daytime assignments are generally from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are expected to arrive on time and ready to support Club staff.

Length of Commitment

After members have gone through the three steps described below, the Club expects event volunteers to volunteer for at least six events a year.

Attire

The Club regards event volunteers as an extension of the staff and require volunteers to be dressed in business casual attire. We request that volunteers refrain from wearing blue jeans, shorts, and flip flops while volunteering.

Contact Person(s)

There are four branches of programming at The Commonwealth Club. For more information regarding the unique volunteer process and policies for each branch, contact the person corresponding to your area of interest.

FEATURED: Prominent speakers in San Francisco and Lafayette. Ellie Levine, Development Manager, Guest Services and Volunteers, elevine@commonwealthclub.org

INFORUM: Target audiences in the 21-35 age range, in San Francisco. Linda Law, Inforum Volunteer Coordinator, lindalaw888@gmail.com

SILICON VALLEY: All events occurring on the Bay Area Peninsula. Kara Iwahashi, Associate Program Director, kiwahashi@commonwealthclub.org

MEMBER-LED FORUMS: A volunteer-driven division of Commonwealth Club programming, focusing on 12 topics of interest. Attend a monthly planning meeting to find out how you can book speakers for Club events. Forum chair contact information can be found in the Club magazine or on the website.

Volunteer Training Process

After completing the steps outlined below, you can then sign up to volunteer for events.
STEP 1—MEMBERSHIP
The privilege of volunteering is generally reserved for Club members. The Club relies on membership dues to make programming possible. You can join online.
STEP 2—ORIENTATION
Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation that includes training on Club history and policies. To reserve a space, send an email to volunteers@commonwealthclub.org. 
STEP 3—SHADOW EVENT
At the volunteer orientation, you will sign up for an event to attend where you will shadow an event volunteer and learn the ropes from our team of expert helpers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering at the Club

What jobs do event volunteers do?

Volunteers perform important duties including, but not limited to reception set up, acting as host to attendees, checking tickets at the door, ushering, collecting question cards, timing events for radio broadcast, aiding Club staff at check-in and administrative duties during non-event hours.

Whom do I contact at the Club to start volunteering?

There are four branches of programming at The Commonwealth Club, for more information regarding the unique volunteer process and policies for each branch, contact the person corresponding to your area of interest. See above. If you aren't sure about the various ways to get involved, your questions will be answered in the volunteer orientation session.

Can anyone volunteer at Commonwealth Club events?

All volunteers should be members in good standing. If you are not currently a member, you can sign up online.

When can I volunteer for my first Club event?

If you are a member in good standing, you must first attend a volunteer orientation and complete a shadow event before you may volunteer for events at the Club.

When is the next volunteer orientation?

Volunteer orientations take place quarterly at The Commonwealth Club San Francisco office.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates:

Tuesday, February 18, 2013 6-7 p.m., SF CLUB OFFICE (595 Market Street, San Francisco)

If you would like to come for an orientation, please just send an email to volunteers@commonwealthclub.org. Nothing else is required!
Please include your name, phone number and membership ID number in the email.

How do I sign up to volunteer for events at the Club?

This varies depending on the division of the Club for which you are volunteering. (Featured program, Member-Led Forum, Inforum, Silicon Valley). You do need to have web and e-mail access for all of the sign up procedures. This will all be explained after the orientation and your shadowing at events. 

What time should I arrive for my volunteer assignment?

For events held at the Club office, volunteer arrival time is 45 minutes before the start of a Featured Event. Always arrived before check-in begins. Times may be earlier for off-site events. You will be notified by a staff member for specific offsite event instructions.