Volunteers Wanted for RNC Convention in August

TAMPA (2012-2-6) -

When the Super Bowl was held in Tampa, event organizers depended on a corps of volunteers to greet out-of-town guests and help at events. The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee is following the same game plan only this time it’s for the Republican National Committee Convention this August in Tampa.

More than 7,500 volunteers are needed for the week of the GOP Convention, August 27-30, according to Amanda Whitelaw, director of events and volunteers for the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee.

“We have airport greeters, distribution center assistants, event set up crews, event “way-finders’, hotel greeters and office admin assistants,” Whitelaw said. “Volunteers can also sign up to be on call.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 and will be subject to a criminal background check. Training or orientation sessions will be held this summer with some at night and on weekends for folks who work. The training will explain the Host Committee’s mission and provide event details.

“The logistics about their assignment, as little as where do I park, where do I go, what do I say?” Whitelaw said. “And how do I answer the hard questions?”

Ken Jones, president of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, said his challenge is to get the 7,500 volunteers signed up and trained. There is just over six months left before the RNC kick off.

“It’s time and dedication of people willing and able to give their time and talent and that’s the biggest challenge to set that process up far enough in advance of the convention so we have enough run-way to succeed,” Jones said.

Online registration is available at www.2012tampa.com.

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