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WTTW 11 Volunteer Pledge Drive- Freedom Summer: American Experience

  • Aug 19, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Freedom Summer:

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***

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  • Portia W.

    It was my 1st meet up w/ this group. I felt immediately welcomed, had a good time, and met some really cool new people @ Ave & Tracy. :)

    2 · August 20, 2014

  • Gerri A.

    I had a great time volunteering and the vibe of the group was so positive!

    2 · August 20, 2014

  • Chinita B.

    I had a wonderful time and met some wonderful people!!

    4 · August 20, 2014

  • Shannon k.

    This meet up was so fun. Great group.

    3 · August 19, 2014

  • Ave

    It was a really cool experience.. Would definetely do it again!

    3 · August 19, 2014

  • Ave

    It was a really cool experience.. Would definetely do it again!

    2 · August 19, 2014

  • Gerri A.

    I'm in traffic but I'm almost there. So I will be there!

    August 19, 2014

  • Tracey

    Hi all, fyi, the show airs live tonight from 7pm til 10p. Set those DVD's :-)

    August 19, 2014

    • Tracey

      In case anyone arrives before I do and have questions. Please ask to speak with Tim Masterton at WTTW. He helped me set all this up. Thanks

      August 19, 2014

  • Tracey

    I revised the RSVP list and submitted the names to WTTW. Please let me know immediately of any conflict. Thanks

    1 · August 5, 2014

    • Sabrina M.

      Sabrina Crawford. Ill be checking in to see if its okay! Thanks!

      August 19, 2014

    • Tracey

      Sabrina, you're good to go. See ya tonight

      August 19, 2014

  • Tracey

    Hi everyone, tomorrow is the day!!! I'm excited to share this opportunity with everyone. Remember we should not wear white on-air and WTTW will provide dinner for us. Please arrive on time. I look forward to seeing you

    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.

    August 18, 2014

  • Portia W.

    Looking forward to the event :)

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Gerri A.

    I will be there!

    1 · August 5, 2014

  • Shannon k.

    I will be there

    1 · August 5, 2014

  • Tracey

    Ok, I sent emails to a few members who have not responded. The next five members on the wait list, be prepared to be moved into the RSVP spot, if I do not hear back tonight.

    August 4, 2014

  • Tracey

    Pattie and Christopher, thanks for sending your first and last names, you are confirmed

    August 4, 2014

  • Tracey

    Hi Everyone, I was able to add a few members from the wait list, however, WTTW is only allowing 15 slots, please, please, please take the time now to update your RSVP. If you are no longer able to attend, please update your RSVP *ASAP* so that other members on the wait list can attend. In addition, I will need to secure your full name by tomorrow to submit to the station. Please send me via email or post in the comment section your full name. Thanks

    August 4, 2014

    • Tracey

      Please provide first and last names as your name will be given to the security guard to gain entry. If I do not hear back from you today, I will start selecting folks on the wait list. Attn: wait list members, please be prepared to provide this information, and if you are no longer able to attend, please remove yourself from the wait list. Thanks all

      August 4, 2014

  • Mary E.

    Hi Tracey can I also bring my grandson who is on break from college(age 19). Thanks

    July 28, 2014

    • Tracey

      Hi Mary, currently members shown/listed as RSVP'd for the event are confirmed. Due to space constraints, we are only confirming members of CBPSN (no guests) Thanks

      July 28, 2014

  • Ave

    I look forward to this opportunity to volunteer while meeting new people!

    July 27, 2014

  • Lisa S.

    I am new to the Chicago area, but I have a very strong interest in the issues that are affecting our society. I am eager and excited to help.

    July 25, 2014

  • Tina S.

    One of the reasons why I vote today, absolutely I'll help.

    July 25, 2014

  • Shannon k.

    I would love to be apart of this

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Tracey

    We will be taping LIVE. In-Studio Guest: Cliff Kelley

    July 25, 2014

  • Tracey

    PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF YOUR COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEER AT THIS TIME. THANKS

    July 25, 2014

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