56th Biennial NAD Conference, June 30 - July 4, 2022, Orlando, Florida.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF

Volunteer

Are you looking for volunteering opportunities and saving money on your registration? We have a very exciting conference planned and to make it a wonderful experience for all of our attendees, we need YOUR help! 

You can review the list of volunteer positions and fill out the volunteer interest form below. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible so you can get the shifts you want; volunteer slots are first-come, first-served. If you have any questions, you can email v[email protected].

Important Notes

  • Youth volunteers over the age of 14 are encouraged to apply with parent permission; however, if you are deaf/hard of hearing and between the ages of 12-17, you can apply to be a Jr. NAD Page
  • We can verify your volunteer hours if required by your school or workplace.
  • Volunteers must comply with the #NAD2022 COVID-19 Protocol.
  • Volunteers are not required to purchase a package and can register for individual events — however, all volunteers must register for the conference in some way.  If volunteers register for individual events, we will reimburse for these individual events up to the value of a [email protected] package. 

Incentives

  • Volunteers who serve more than 25 hours will receive registration comped up to the value of three [email protected] events and $40 registration fee ($230)
  • Volunteers who serve 15-24 hours will receive half off the value of (50%) three NAD @ Night events and $40 registration fee ($115)
  • Volunteers who serve less than 15 hours will receive a $40 Registration fee refund.
  • Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt of their choice from the NAD Booth inside the #NAD2022 Exhibit Hall.

Thank you, your support is valuable!

Positions and Descriptions

Doorkeepers

Volunteers are responsible for checking admission at the door of any event, workshop, and other activities. Volunteers have to check for attendee’s registration badge or event sticker on the back of the registration badge before allowing each attendee to enter. During lengthy and or busy periods, there will be regular intervals of giving volunteers a break. Doorkeeper #1 needs to be flexible; willing to do any assignment in any number of hours, and are required to be on site on assigned days and or evenings. Doorkeeper #2 are for specific assignments. Doorkeepers may also do temperature checks, hand out masks, and encourage people to use hand sanitizers. Note: select on your application if you are flexible (#1) or if you want a specific assignment (#2).

  • Physical Activity: Requires standing for long periods. At some locations, allow sitting during quiet periods.
  • Hours: At all different hours, depending on which specific volunteer assignment. 
Crowd Control

Responsible for managing crowd control — make sure people are not blocking aisles, keep lines moving and orderly. Volunteers will direct people to the right lines. CC #1 volunteers are flexible, willing to do any assignment in any number of hours, and are required to be on site on assigned days and or evenings. CC #2 is for a specific assignment. Note: select on your application if you are flexible (#1) or if you want a specific assignment (#2).

  • Physical Activity: standing and walking around crowds. 

  • Hours: At all different hours, depending on which volunteer assignment. 

Emergency Floaters

Each volunteer area is required to have two EFs per day as a back-up in case a volunteer becomes sick, has a family emergency, or can no longer volunteer. EF #1 needs to be flexible, willing to do any assignment in any number of hours, and is required to be on site on assigned days and or evenings. EF #2 is for a specific assignment.  Note: select on your application if you are flexible (#1) or if you want a specific assignment (#2).

  • Physical Activity: varies, depending on which volunteer assignment you choose.

  • Hours: varies, depending on the volunteer assignment schedule. 
Bag Stuffers

Set up assembly lines to gather various conference materials and place them into each conference bag. Bag Stuffers will do a variety of things: filling in bags (low activity); filling the boxes with bags (moderate activity) and carrying boxes (heavy activity).

  • Physical Activity: Mixed – low, or moderate or heavy.
  • Hours: July 29, 2022
Council of Representatives (COR) Support

Primary responsibility is to manage the check-in and check-out of delegates. Detail oriented and tasks involve checking the roster when checking in, hand out materials, retrieving materials from delegates when they check out, report number of checked-in delegates at regular intervals and maintain orderly filing system. Give out voting devices and ensure that voting devices are charged. COR begins on Thursday, June 30 and ends Sunday, July 3. This task includes COR Doorkeepers, COR Crowd Control, and COR Floater.

  • Physical Activity: COR Support requires sitting for long periods.
  • Hours: Thursday morning with training and Thursday afternoon 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM , Wednesday to Sunday morning, 7 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Registration Support

Volunteers will verify and hand out badges and conference bags to registered attendees; will assist with on-site registration, membership, and answer any conference related question. As needed, including Crowd Control and Floater. 

  • Physical Activity: Mix of standing and sitting. Early mornings are possible.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Info Desk Support

Located at the #NAD2022 Registration Booth. Guide attendees with visitor information, provide directions, coordinate local tours,, connect people with departments.  Greet attendees and welcome them to the City of Chicago and NAD Conference.  Assist with directions and connecting people with other people/departments. Provides ALD (Assistive Listening Devices), and requires check in and check outs as well as ensuring all devices are charged.  Responsible for verifying an accommodation request from a registered attendee, and connecting attendees with their assigned interpreter/Co-Navigator and other requested accommodations. 

  • Physical Activity: Mix of standing, sitting and walking.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Workshops

There are multiple workshops per day. Volunteers are responsible for checking/cleaning rooms before and after each workshop, check with presenters if introductions are needed, check for technical support, make sure chairs are in place, monitor CEUs as needed. This includes Doorkeepers, Crowd Control, and EF #2.  Note: when filling out the volunteer form, please indicate if you want to volunteer specifically for NDEC if not for the general NAD workshops.

  • Physical Activity: Mixed – standing, walking, and sitting during quiet times.
  • Hours: Varies, mostly from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


There will be an event each evening. Volunteers will guide and assist people to their seats, ensure accommodations are met, answer questions, monitor seats that are reserved, and clean up after the audience leaves. Includes NE Doorkeepers, NE Crowd Control, and EF #2.

  • Physical Activity: mixed – standing, walking and sitting
  • Hours: Friday to Sunday evenings, 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM, other details TBA.

Exhibit Hall Support

On Move-In Day: help exhibitors move boxes; check in and check out exhibitors; and monitor doors by allowing people with Exhibitor Badges in the hall before the hall formally opens for attendees on Thursday. From Thursday to Saturday: guide attendees to locate booths they are looking for and answer questions. Runs to Exhibitor Coordinator for unanswered questions. Encourage attendees to leave the hall prior to closing and assist Exhibitors to leave the closed hall at a determined time.

On Breakdown Day: starting at 5:00 PM, help exhibitors with their boxes, and to make sure the Exhibit Hall is completely cleared. 

  • Physical Activity: standing, sitting and or have the strength and endurance to carry boxes. 
  • Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Meal Events

Mainly Doorkeepers and Crowd Control.

  • Physical Activity: standing for a few hours.
  • Hours: Breakfast 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM; Lunch 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM; Reception: 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM. 
Clerical Support

Light and simple clerical tasks as needed.

  • Physical Activity: mostly sitting 
  • Hours: as needed, at any time.

Volunteer interest form