Did you enjoy a previous VCON? We hope you did. Actually, we are confident that you did. If this is your first one, we are confident that you will enjoy it. But understand this: VCON is a fan-oriented and fan-run convention. All of the work that is necessary to make a successful con happen is done by volunteers. Done by the few, the proud, the elite. Join us, and help to make VCON Relaxicon 41½ a success!
What needs to be done? Everything! From planning, which begins one year before a con and earlier, to recruiting, to advertising, to preparing, to setting up the event before the event starts, to taking down everything after the event ends, and especially all the things that happen during the event, it’s all done by volunteers. The international celebrities that we bring in are all volunteering their time, although they get small stipends, the local celebrities that attend are all volunteering their time, the department heads, and by no means least important, the people who offer a few hours to be gofers or to run a single workshop or whatever, they are all volunteers.
But value is given, and value is returned. There are lots of good reasons to be a VCON volunteer. Here are 5 benefits that you might get in exchange for volunteering. We promise that you will get 4 of the following 5 things, our choice, when you volunteer for VCON.
1) Discounted entry to the convention. Anywhere from 60% off a one-day membership to 80% off a weekend membership, based on how many hours of work you do. There may also be other perks available, such as free t-shirts or volunteer-only raffle tickets.
2) Cred. Do not discount this effect. Your peers will look upon you with awe.
3) A warm, fuzzy feeling inside. You done good, so you feel good!
4) Good karma. Notwithstanding any of the other benefits, when you participate in a worthy cause, you get good karma. Anyway, that’s what we heard (to paraphrase Jackie Chan, playing the Drunken Monk in The Forbidden Kingdom).
5) A fistful of $$$. And a few $$$ more. §
§ These are obviously out of genre. Volunteers won’t get these.
At the moment, we don’t have a VCON specific volunteer application form in place, but our parent non-profit, WCSFA, has started an official Volunteer Corps that anyone interested in helping out at different events and when extra bodies are needed for other reasons can enroll in. These people will be the first to hear about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
For more information about volunteering at VCON specifically, contact … volunteers [at] vcon [dot] ca