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Anchored right here in Milwaukee, the 2020 Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming, from August 17-20. Check out the FAQ below for more information about our volunteer program for this historic occasion.


Have a specific question? Email volunteer@milwaukee2020.com.


In light of coronavirus, are volunteers still needed?

Alongside our partners at the Democratic National Convention Committee, we remain focused on planning a convention that’s both successful AND safe for everyone involved, including our volunteers. That’s why, after consulting with public health officials, the convention team announced updated plans that will ensure a successful convention that prioritizes protecting public health. Read those plans here. Because there will be a smaller footprint of guests on the ground in Milwaukee for the convention, we are currently working to determine the exact number of volunteers that will be needed and what roles they will fill. As these decisions are made, we will continue to keep our volunteers updated via email. 


When can I volunteer?

Opportunities will occur at various times throughout the day, and, for some opportunities, you’ll be able to sign up for the shifts that best align with your schedule.


What type of time commitment should I expect to give?

The time commitment will vary depending on your volunteer role and availability. There will be opportunities to pitch in for a few hours, and opportunities to volunteer every day during convention week.  


When will volunteer opportunities become available on the portal?

Volunteer opportunities will be listed on a rolling basis and will be posted with higher frequency as we get closer to the convention. We will communicate with volunteers via email and through the volunteer portal regarding updates, roles, and other details.


How are volunteers selected? 

When volunteer opportunities open up, you will be able to apply for the roles and shifts that complement your interests and schedule through our volunteer portal. While we will try to match volunteers’ interests and skills to the available openings, we cannot guarantee volunteers will be placed in any particular position. Of course, if individuals do not want to volunteer for the role or position to which they are assigned, they are free not to do so. 


*Please note that registering through our volunteer portal does not guarantee a volunteer assignment. 

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

During the convention itself, we are looking for volunteers that are 16 years and older. If you are under the age of 18, please have a parent or legal guardian nearby as you are completing the portal registration form, as you will need their signed consent. 


Can I volunteer if I have a disability?

Yes! We welcome all people to participate in this historic event and value the diverse experience that seniors and people with disabilities bring to the convention. You can request a reasonable accommodation or program modification for disability on our portal registration form. 


Do I need to live in Milwaukee to volunteer?

No. You do not need to live in Milwaukee to participate in volunteer opportunities with the Host Committee or the convention. 


Is housing provided for volunteers? 

Similar to other events of this size and scale, volunteers who are coming to Milwaukee from out-of-town are responsible for finding their own lodging. Please keep in mind that area hotels may be fully or near-fully booked, so we recommend looking into alternate arrangements, such as staying with family or friends who live in or around the metro area. 


Is transportation provided for volunteers? 

Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation. However, if a volunteer activity requires transit during the shift, the Host Committee will cover transit costs related to that activity. 


Will I receive volunteer training? 

Yes! All volunteers will receive a broad online training in the week(s) leading up to the convention. Depending on your specific role, you may also be required to attend a specialized training session. 


Will I be screened as part of the volunteer selection process? 

All volunteer roles will require some level of security screening, but the level of screening will vary depending on your role. 

If I volunteer for the Democratic National Convention, can I attend the event as a guest?

The convention itself requires credentials and is not open to the public. Additionally, the Host Committee cannot guarantee access to convention-related events. 

How can I get in touch with the Milwaukee 2020 Volunteer Team? 

Our team is here to help! If this FAQ did not answer your question(s), please contact volunteer@milwaukee2020.com, and someone from our team will respond as quickly as possible.

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