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Monday, August 4, 2014
Volunteers needed at the 2014 Gay Games
The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will welcome 20,000-30,000 participants and guests to Cleveland+Akron, Ohio during the summer of 2014. Individuals will participate in more than 35 sport and culture events over the course of the week and your support will help make this the best Games ever! With such a wide variety of sports offered, a festival village, an opening and closing ceremony, and more, there are plenty of areas to pick from to volunteer. There are still a large number of volunteer positions available in Akron. To register, utilize this link to create a profile:http://bit.ly/GG9Volunteer. Contact Information: Lauren Schoenewald, 216-479-479-6473. Check out the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gaygamescleveland FAQ:
in Akron with the 2014 Gay Games!
What are the Gay
2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will welcome 20,000-30,000
participants and guests to Cleveland+Akron, Ohio during the summer of 2014.
Individuals will participate in more than 35 sport and culture events over the
course of the week and your support will help make this the best Games ever!
With such a wide variety of sports offered, a festival village, an opening and
closing ceremony, and more, there are plenty of areas to pick from to
opportunities are available?
are still a variety of opportunities available in Akron. Below lists the
opportunities available in these areas.
and Half Marathon: Downtown Akron
45 shifts available
182 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44308
Saturday, August 16th
are between 3 and 5 hours long
and Field: The University of Akron Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex
140 shifts available
315 South Union Street, Akron, OH 44304
Monday, August 11th through Friday, August 15th
are about 4 hours long
Sport Tables: John S. Knight Center
131 shifts available
77 East Mill Street, Akron, OH 44308
Thursday, August 7th through Sunday, August 10th
are about 4 hours long
How do I
register to volunteer?
the volunteer registration at http://bit.ly/GG9Volunteer by clicking the
blue “Register Now” box on the right hand side of the page. After creating your
profile, you will come to a page with all of the volunteer shifts listed.
Scroll until you see the sport category for which you would like to volunteer.
Feel free to register for any of the shifts that are not closed. Please note that some shifts may have certain
requirements, so be sure to read the description of each specific shift.
How do I prepare
to be a volunteer?
have four volunteer trainings throughout July.
While they are not mandatory, these sessions are highly recommended, as
they will provide you with a chance to become more comfortable with your
activities, ask any questions you may have, and meet the other volunteers you
will be working with. Please fill out
this form whether or not you plan on attending (you can indicate that you are
unable to attend) with this link: http://bit.ly/GG9Training. The two
Cleveland are in the evening at Trinity Cathedral on Thursday, July 17th
or at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood on Tuesday, July 22nd. The two Akron trainings are also in the
evening at the John S. Knight Center on Tuesday, July 15th or the
Akron Summit County Public Library Main Branch on Wednesday, July 23rd.
You do not have to RSVP to attend,
but it would help us to plan breakout sessions.
What if I don’t
know an answer when I’m volunteering?
will receive a volunteer handbook at the volunteer training or through your
email in mid-July. This handbook gives you additional information that the Gay
Games 9 staff feel is important that you know as a volunteer. If you have a
question during your volunteer shift, there will be a Volunteer Captain at each
venue or a Gay Games 9 staff member that is available to answer your
questions. In the event that you cannot
find a Volunteer Captain or a Gay Games 9 staff member, please call the
volunteer hotline 216-479-6473.
What is expected
of me as a volunteer?
expect you to be polite and courteous even though you may be extremely busy, as
you are the face of the Games for many of our visitors. We also expect you to show up 15 minutes
before your shift so that there is time for you to report to your check-in
station before the start of your shift.
You must also sign the volunteer waiver before your first shift. Finally, if you have to cancel your shift,
please do so 24 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I wear
should wear your official 2014 Gay Games volunteer shirt with any type of neat
shorts or pants, plus comfortable walking shoes. If you are serving outdoors,
please remember to be prepared for any weather (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses,
Who do I contact
for more information?
questions or want to get involved prior to the Games? Contact Lauren
Schoenewald, Volunteer Intern, at 216-479-6473 or at email@example.com.