CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS

Each year, the Homeschool Iowa Conference relies on volunteer efforts to help make our conference happen.

If you have two willing hands and a servant’s heart, we want you to join our team! Keep reading to learn how to get involved.

To get the full details on all our conference volunteer benefits and requirements, click on the handbooks on the right of this page to download them.

Want to get more involved?

Interested in volunteering with the Homeschool Iowa Conference throughout the year? We have various tasks that need to be completed prior to the Homeschool Iowa Conference. Are you good with computers, proficient in editing, skilled in hospitality, or just have a few hours to spare? We would love to hear from you!

Please contact us at conference@homeschooliowa.org.



VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Recording Team Members are assigned to assist our conference-taping vendor, Rhino Technologies, with the recording and duplicating duties during the conference. This will include operating the recording equipment during speaker workshops and keynote sessions and helping with duplicating and labeling tapes/CDs. The crew from Rhino Technologies will give you further instructions on their taping operation and what they expect from you.
A/V and IT Technicians meet the needs of our speakers, staff and attendees as they work with our media equipment. You must be familiar with Mac and/or PC computers and their ability to connect with a variety of display options. You must be able to troubleshoot connection difficulties and make the necessary corrections. You may be called on to directly assist speakers in their presentations by manually operating the computers and displays. You may also be called upon to aid in response to technical difficulties of audio or recording equipment within your assigned area.
Exhibit Hall Assistants will assist our Exhibit Hall Coordinator or designee with conference exhibitors and related activities. It is very important to us that our exhibitors are well cared for before, during, and after the conference. The Exhibit Hall Coordinator or their designee will direct you to specific tasks during the conference. These responsibilities may include: running errands, helping at exhibit booths as needed, assisting attendees with purchases, assisting with exhibitor registration and other related tasks.
 
Hospitality Team Members are responsible to provide hospitality to our speakers and attendees. Many of our speakers and attendees are out-of-town guests. You will be expected to make yourself ready and available to assist them in whatever fashion they may need. You may need to assist the speakers with keeping track of time, procuring water, distributing materials during workshops, taking room head counts, and other needs as assigned by your team leader. You may need to assist attendees with directions, conference information, or general hospitality, as needed. At the end of each workshop session, you will need to go through your area and collect loose papers, water bottles, etc. Any items for lost-and-found need to be turned in to the NICHE booth immediately. 
Registration Team Members will be the first “faces” that people will see at the NICHE conference. Our Registration Team oversees this crucial aspect of our conference and will assign your specific duties. You must attend a short training session prior to your shift during which the Registration Team leader will cover what you will be required to do. We count on you to wear your best smile and to be courteous & friendly!
Security Team Members will be responsible to watch various conference entrances for unregistered persons. Conference attendees will be issued a wristband to be worn for the duration of the event. Your job will be to check each person entering the exhibit hall for wristbands, direct persons who have no wristbands – or have removed their wristbands – to the registration area, and give general directions and information.

Veteran & Short Shift Security Team Members may be responsible to watch various conference entrances and assigned areas for suspicious activity. You will be directed by our Security Team Leader about the proper response to inappropriate or suspicious activity.

 
Our Used Curriculum Sale Team Members will need to be available to assist with either set-up or teardown in addition with the actual sale on Thursday, June 1. The Used Curriculum Sale will be held at the Airport Ramada on Army Post Road, one block from the Homeschool Iowa conference facility. Used Curriculum Sale Team Members will be responsible for working with the Used Curriculum Sale Team Leader to facilitate proper set-up, tear down, attendee admission and navigation. You must have experience handling money, providing proper change and have good communication skills.
Speaker host/assistants work closely with the Homeschool Iowa Speaker Team to ensure that conference speakers are properly introduced, hydrated, and generally made welcome. Other various job activities may include making copies, providing directions, and running for errands on behalf of speakers. This is an Adult Volunteer position.
Each year, the Homeschool Iowa Conference Children’s Program relies on volunteer efforts to help make our program happen. If you have two willing hands, a servant’s heart, and a passion for serving children we want you to join our team! Our Children’s Program Team Members are expected to participate on leadership teams, teach lessons, and decorate classrooms, among other activities. Children’s Program Team Members are required to attend a training session in Iowa City, April 29, 2017 from 9am – 2pm and be available to set-up on THURSDAY afternoon & work ALL day, BOTH days, Friday & Saturday.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

HI Team Full-Time Conference Volunteers must:

Be at least 14 years old by June 1, 2017

Be a registered conference attendee, current NICHE member, homeschool graduate, or an adult who has demonstrated a compassion or dedication toward homeschooling

Be a current NICHE member or have parents who are current NICHE members, at least one of whom will be attending the 2017 Homeschool Iowa Conference

Be available to work during the scheduled conference:

    THURSDAY 9am – 6pm (as needed)

     FRIDAY 8am – 7 pm (as needed)

    SATURDAY 8am-5pm

Be available to attend volunteer training prior to beginning volunteer assignment

Complete his/her volunteer application and background check application on or before May 20, 2017

Complete & submit your Conference Volunteer Application and Background Check Application on or before May 20, 2017.

If you have questions, you may email: volunteer@homeschooliowa.org


CHILDREN’S PROGRAM VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 14 years old by June 1, 2017

Be a registered conference attendee, current NICHE member, homeschool graduate, or an adult who has demonstrated a compassion or dedication toward homeschooling

Be a current NICHE member or have parents who are current NICHE members, have at least one of whom will be attending the 2017 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 Iowa City, April 29, 2017 from 9am – 2pm

Complete his/her volunteer application and background check application on or before April 25th

Complete & submit your Children’s Program Application and Background Check Application on or before April 25th.

If you have questions, you may email: childrensprogram@homeschooliowa.org

All Children’s Program volunteer opportunities have been filled at this time, but we have many other volunteer opportunities at the Homeschool Iowa Conference.


BACKGROUND CHECKS

For the safety and security of all Homeschool Iowa attendees and their children, Homeschool Iowa Conference and Children’s Program volunteers 16 years of age and older will be required to comply with a third party background check. Due to the nature of the world we live in, those who refuse to comply will not be allowed to participate as volunteers. Previous volunteers are required to submit a new background check each year. Homeschool Iowa utilizes a secure Christian organization to perform these background checks.

Background checks must be completed by May 20, 2017


VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT

Who: All full-time volunteers
What: 2 hours of bowling, pizza & pop
Where: Colonial Lanes Bowling, 2253 Old Highway 218 S, Iowa City, IA 52246
When: Thursday, June 1st  7:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: Free to all 2017 Homeschool Iowa Conference Volunteers