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WCPE About Us: Volunteer FAQ
Thank you for offering your time and talent to WCPE!
What service opportunities are available?
Volunteers help WCPE with its daily operations in many different ways. The station has a variety of needs ranging from volunteer announcing, answering phones during pledge drives, helping to assemble fundraising mailings, packing up thank you gifts, data entry in our Membership Department and receptionist duties. Both on-going and one-time or short-term opportunities are available.
More information follows about these various volunteer opportunities. After reviewing this information, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and click on the submit button. Our Volunteer Coordinator will call or email you letting you know of any upcoming activities in line with your interests and skills.
Volunteer Announcer Training
Certain qualified individuals can receive professional broadcast training in the WCPE Volunteer Announcer Training Program, held once per year (usually) in November. Classes are provided by the WCPE program director and his assistants and begin with announcer auditions. If you pass the audition and are accepted for WCPE volunteer announcer training, you will be invited to attend the full sequence of weekly 2-hour classes to learn proper voice techniques, as well as how to operate the studio and transmitter equipment. You will also learn how to work with the music play list and program log. In return for this training, the station requests your commitment to volunteer to host various classical music air shifts on a regular or substitute basis. You need not be an expert in classical music to qualify for this training. However, you must learn proper pronunciation of artist’s and composer names.
WCPE holds on-air pledge drives each spring and fall. We need volunteers, both individuals and groups, who can come to the station to answer phones and fill out pledge forms. This is a great opportunity for your company or civic group to serve the community. We’ll be glad to acknowledge your company or group over the air. We also have a need for people to help pack thank you gifts for mailing and perform other miscellaneous tasks. During pledge drives, a variety of three to four hour shifts are available throughout the week and on weekends.
Help Assemble our Mailings
Several times a year, WCPE sends out a fund-raising letter to our members. While some of the envelope stuffing is done by machine, most of the work is done by our volunteers. This work is usually completed on a Monday and/or a Saturday morning. It is also an opportunity for younger people to fulfill school or church community service requirements.
Administrative and Telephone Support
The station on an irregular basis sometimes needs help with short-term projects, office tasks, data entry or smaller mailings that require the assistance of just one or two people.
Office telephone support is also needed on a regular basis. A minimum of once per week, morning or afternoon, is requested in this capacity. Please contact the volunteer coordinator if you are interested.
Tasks Requiring Special Skills
Occasionally, volunteers will assist our staff with engineering, carpentry, accounting, computers, music-library tasks, proof reading or other tasks which may require professional skills, background or experience. If you have skills of this type that you would like to make available to WCPE, please indicate such on your application and our volunteer coordinator will keep this information on file and contact you as needed.
How do I become a volunteer?
The first step to begin volunteering is to complete the on-line application. You will receive a reply from our volunteer coordinator, asking if you are willing to be on a call/email list for available events. If you prefer, you may place a phone call to the station and ask to have the application mailed. Volunteers are also asked to complete some simple paper-work regarding emergency contact information.
You will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator (or program director for volunteer announcer training) inviting you to sign up for the next available volunteer opportunity, according to the area of interest that you have indicated on your application. If you are interested in volunteering for a particular event, please call or reply to the email. It is not helpful to just “show up”, as we schedule our volunteers in advance in order to provide the appropriate level of support.
You can also volunteer with a group from your school, church, club or workplace. Students can receive credit for volunteer service hours by presenting the volunteer coordinator with the appropriate signature form.
How are volunteers recognized?
Each time that you come in to volunteer, you will indicate your service hours in our log book. Volunteers that achieve a minimum of 100 hours of service per year are eligible to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Volunteers can also agree to be featured in the quarterly volunteer newsletter in the volunteer spotlight segment, or otherwise acknowledged for exceptional contributions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are any special qualifications needed to volunteer?
A. Some volunteer activities require specific background and/or experience. Volunteer announcers must complete in-house training. Most of our other volunteer activities, such as assembling our mailings, or assisting with our pledge drives, require no special qualifications.
Q. Would I have to come out to the station to volunteer?
A. Yes, all of the work our volunteers do takes place at our studio.
Q. Where is WCPE located?
A. Our studio complex is located in northeast Wake County, between Wake Forest and Rolesville. You can get driving directions by entering our physical address “1928 Chalks Road, 27587” into mapquest or another on-line mapping application.
Q. Can you provide me with transportation?
A. Unfortunately, we are not able at this time to help in this regard.
Q. Is handicapped parking available?
A. Yes, right at our front door, and, there are no steps to enter the building.
Q. I don’t like to drive at night. Will this be a problem?
A. No. We have plenty of opportunity for day time only volunteer service that would not involve your having to drive at night.
Q. Will I have to come out to the station before my assignment for
training or orientation?
A. With the exception of announcing, we'll give you all the instruction you need on the day of your assignment. You will be asked to come in one-half hour before your shift begins if you are coming in to answer phones for the first time during a pledge drive.
Q. Will I be required to make a long-term commitment to the station?
A. While we hope that you enjoy your time with us and want to come back, most of our volunteer events require only short-term commitments.
Q. I work during the day. When do you need volunteers?
A. During pledge drives we need volunteers for morning, afternoon and evening shifts weekdays and on weekends. When we’re assembling our mailings, we generally have sessions on a weekday morning and on a Saturday morning. Weekday morning and afternoon shifts are available for telephone answering during office business hours. Volunteer announcing air-shifts are generally available in the late weekday evenings and on weekends.
Q. What happens if I can’t make it when I’m scheduled to be there?
A. If your schedule changes or you become ill, we ask that you notify our volunteer coordinator (or program director if you are a volunteer announcer) as a courtesy so that arrangements can be made for a substitute. This is particularly important during pledge drives and also with regard to volunteer announcers.
Q. Are there any special rules and/or regulations that I ought to know
about before I sign up?
A. Volunteers are expected to conduct themselves with courtesy and consideration toward others. Alcoholic beverages, smoking (in-doors) and weapons of any sort are prohibited on Station property. Many areas of the WCPE office building and the transmitter building contain sophisticated technical equipment and are restricted. In the interest of personal safety, we require that volunteers not “wander off” into areas outside of the general work areA.
Q. How is my contribution of time and talent important?
A. WCPE was founded on the basis of volunteer support. Although we now have a small staff for day to day operations, volunteers are still valued members of the WCPE family. By volunteering your time and talent, you can be a part of our mission to share Great Classical Music with the world.
Q. I want to volunteer but I don't like sending personal information
out over the internet. Is there another way I can apply?
A. You can call the station at 919-556-5178 and ask for the volunteer coordinator. She can arrange to mail you an application.
Q. I still have some questions. How can I get more information?
A. You can call the station at 919-556-5178 and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator. Or, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I've submitted my application. Now what?
A. Our volunteer coordinator will call you or e-mail you to acknowledge receipt of your application and let you know of any upcoming activities in line with your interests and skills.