Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. Freedom Summer of 1964 was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of thirty-five churches, and the bombing of seventy homes and community centers.
What exactly does a pledge volunteer do?
During a pledge shift, volunteers will be expected to answer live telephone calls from potential donors and enter their information via laptop. Basic typing skills are required. Caller information includes: name, address, phone number, thank-you gift items, credit card numbers, etc. We provide thorough training on the laptop pledge taking software and how to comfortably answer phones.
What can we expect during a pledge shift?
First thing volunteers can expect is to sign in at either the front reception desk or with our volunteer greeter. Every volunteer must sign in. Food is next on the agenda! We provide a full meal or snacks and beverage, in our cafeteria, for every volunteer. We typically allot 30minutes to eat.
Afterwards, our pledge supervisor will escort volunteers to the studio to begin training. Training typically last around 45 minutes and that’s plenty of time to learn how to take pledges properly and comfortably. Our pledge supervisors will also be available throughout the shift to answer any questions that should arise.
Do we need to arrive early for training?
No need to arrive earlier then your confirmed arrival time. Your scheduled shift includes time to eat and for training.
Is there parking?
Free parking is available in the WTTW parking lot.
Our group can also wear t-shirts with our name on it, but the only restriction is that apparel cannot be white. Unfortunately, volunteers cannot wear caps or variations of hats and we cannot display company/group banners on the set.
Is there a dress code?
Business casual dress is preferred. Shirts with company or group logos are acceptable in any color but white (white clothing causes a glare on camera). Please do not wear anything bearing endorsement for a controversial issue or political candidate.
ALL PROGRAMS AND SHIFT TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Volunteers must commit to entire shifts. Please arrive on time and don't plan to leave early.
***PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF YOUR COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEER***