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Join the WGVU Family as a
WGVU THANK YOU Caller!

Connect on a personal level with our members via phone calls, letters and face-to-face meetings.

Form new and meaningful relationships with other volunteers and WGVU Staff while working to our common goal of supporting public broadcasting in West and Southwest Michigan.

Contact Kishen Newton at 616-331-6680 or email newtonki@gvsu.edu.
WGVU Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways to contribute to WGVU, your local PBS and NPR station, and donating your time is one of the most valuable.

As we continue to expand our many community events throughout West Michigan, and as we strive to raise the necessary funds to pay for our programs and outreach, we welcome members from the community and avid WGVU listeners/viewers to become part of our  mission: to educate, inform and entertain.

Volunteering with WGVU is fun and offers you the chance to see how the radio and television stations operate from the inside. There are also plenty of  opportunities to meet new and diverse people, with a common interest - supporting quality programs and events at WGVU!
 
 
Volunteer Benefits
 

  • You have our deepest appreciation and gratitude for your time and energy devoted to WGVU
  • You get a behind the scenes look at the operations of WGVU events
  • You meet interesting people (other volunteers, national and local celebrities)
  • You serve the entire West Michigan community (19 counties)
  • You may participate in the event to which you are volunteering
  • You become the envy of family and friends when they see or hear you on WGVU
  • You will be provided beverages, snacks and meals (if you are volunteering during meal time)
  • You will receive a photo of your volunteer experience for your newsletter, bulletin board or web site
  • You will be provided with statistics (number of members and dollars raised) for your newsletter or web site
  • You receive a WGVU logo items as a reminder of your visit and as a thank you for your participation

  • You may wear logo items of your group/organization while on air
  • You may bring a banner or other logo item to display of your group/organization
  • You get a feeling of pride knowing that you have made a difference
  • You could get invites to events in which you do not have to volunteer to attend
  • If you are volunteering with a group or organization, a representative of your choosing will be briefly interviewed on air (if time permits)
 
Volunteer Job Descriptions (Click the titles to see the different positions for each event)

General Support

  • CLERICAL ASSISTANT - Assist with mailings of monthly statements or for special events
  • DOOR VALET - Let people in the locked entries of the studios and direct them to the activity area
  • MANUAL/TECHNICAL - Move equipment, design paint, clean/pack for storage or just general studio help. Most positions are in TV or Radio studios
  • PHONE ASSITANT - Solicit food (or other items) from donors for various WGVU events
  • SPECIAL ASSISTANT - Assist with one-day special events, i.e. "Get Up & GO!"
Kidsday at the zoo

  • BREAKFAST SERVER - Help with set up, clean up and serving breakfast to ClubHouse Members
  • FACE PAINTER - Paint designs on the faces of the children who come to the zoo
  • PROGRAM DISTRIBUTOR - Work at the entrance to pass out maps of the zoo
  • WGVU INFO BOOTH - Work with WGVU staff members to pass out material and answer questions about WGVU
Radio pledge

  • ON-AIR TALENT - Sit in front of microphones and encourage listeners to call and pledge financial support for the station. Must have training before on-air appearance
  • PHONE BANK OPERATOR - Answer phones to take membership pledges. Instructions provided before each shift
  • PLEDGE STUDIO COORDINATOR - Train phone bank operators; gather and tally pledges during breaks; host/hostess for studio talent and guests (set up snacks, beverages, etc.). Training beforehand
Tv Pledge

  • DOOR VALET - Let people in the locked entries of the studios and direct them to the activity area
  • ON-AIR TALENT - Stand before camera and encourage viewers to call and pledge financial support for the station. Must have training before on-air appearance
  • PHONE BANK OPERATOR - Answer phone to take membership pledges. Instructions provided before each shift
  • PLEDGE STUDIO COORDINATOR - Train phone bank operators; gather and tally pledges during breaks; host/hostess for studio talent and guests (set up snacks, beverages, etc.). Training beforehand

WGVU Clubhouse Members Celebration

  • DOOR VALET - Let people in the locked entries of the studios and direct them to the activity area
  • ON-AIR TALENT - Stand before camera and encourage viewers to call and pledge financial support for the station. Must have training before on-air appearance
  • PHONE BANK OPERATOR - Answer phone to take membership pledges. Instructions provided before each shift
  • PLEDGE STUDIO COORDINATOR - Train phone bank operators; gather and tally pledges during breaks; host/hostess for studio talent and guests (set up snacks, beverages, etc.). Training beforehand
Wine events
Food, Wine & All That Jazz
The Great Wine & Food Symposium
The Kalamazoo Food & Wine Fest

  • AFTER VOLUNTEER DINNER SET UP/CLEAN UP - Set up and clean up before/after pre-event volunteer information dinner.
  • COAT CHECK - Organize area before and after event. Check in and retrieve coats for guests and volunteers
  • FLOATER - Stroll the floor collecting abandoned trays and glasses (from stairs, tables, etc.) and take to kitchen for cleaning. General help if needed
  • FLOOR/AREA LEADER - Responsible for all volunteers on your floor or area (except cleaning crew). Also check with vendors to make sure they have what they need
  • KITCHEN CLEAN UP - Receive dirty glasses (if any), rinse out and put back in racks. Also receive pans, pitchers and tubs - rinse, dry and stack for storage. Mop floor before leaving
  • LOBBY CLEAN UP - Gather glasses (if any), dump wine, rinse and put glasses in racks. Also collect pans, pitchers and tubs and then take to kitchen. Mop floor before leaving area
  • PRE-EVENT TICKET SALES - Keep track of ticket sales and provide info for next wine event
  • PROGRAM DISTRIBUTOR - Hand out extra programs and pencils on assigned floors or area
  • PROGRAM DISTRIBUTOR COORDINATOR - Supply Distributors and the Program Distributors on each floor with programs and pencils
  • SET UP - Set up coat entry area; put out clean trays and glasses; set up water coolers and assist staff in preparing for event
  • TEAR DOWN - Retrieve water coolers and bubblers; takes down signage; dismantle and retrieve coat racks; and load WGVU truck in appropriate order as directed by the coordinator. This position requires heavy lifting
  • VOLUNTEER CHECK IN - Hand out nametags and check name off list as volunteers arrive for their shift. When volunteers leave at the end of their shift, collect items that have to  be returned to WGVU (ex. aprons) for storage
  • WELL RUNNER - Maintains water pitchers; get ice; empty (spit/dump) buckets; check for broken glass/spills (notify Floor/Area Leader); general help if needed
  • WINE POURER - Assist the distributor with pouring beverages for patrons

New events may be added that will require the assistance of volunteers.  We will try to keep you informed; however, feel free to check back often for updates.

For more information, contact Kishen Newton at 616-331-6680 or e-mail her at newtonki@gvsu.edu

 
 
 
Annual Events and Fundraisers
   
January Currently Nothing Scheduled
   
February The Great Wine & Food Symposium
   
March TV Membership Drive
   
April Radio Membership Drive
   
   
June TV Membership Drive
   
July Currently Nothing Scheduled
   
August KidsDay at the Zoo
   
September TV Membership Drive
   
October Radio Membership Drive
Food, Wine & All That Jazz
   
November Currently Nothing Scheduled
   
December TV Membership Drive
ClubHouse Membership Celebration
 
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