What does ‘Volunteer’ mean to Reno Pop Culture Con?
What do I get for volunteering?
Volunteering offers many benefits; learn new skills or increase those you already possess, see a large convention’s inner workings and how each piece fits to make the convention happen, and knowing you are part of an event that funds literacy and the arts through Pop Culture Classroom’s mission and values.
Each volunteer gets a volunteer shirt with unique art only available to volunteers that year (to be worn while on duty), admission to the Con on the day they work, and a unique opportunity to be part of something wonderful. Additional perks may vary from year to year.
Why a background check?
Since our volunteers often work in sensitive areas—such as with children, celebrities, and money—it is important to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Therefore, Reno Pop Culture Con runs criminal background checks on all potential volunteers. Your credit history is not checked.
We cannot accept applications from those who have lived outside the US in the last seven (7) years.
Is there an age limit to volunteer?
Reno Pop Culture Con volunteers must be 15 years or older when applying. Volunteers age 15-17 will need to submit the completed parental consent packet of forms before application approval.
Even if you turn 18 before the convention, we still need the parental consent forms completed before we can activate your account. You may wait until you are 18 and email us to activate your account.
I live outside of the Reno Area. Can I still volunteer?
I want to volunteer, but I have some limitations. What can I do?
What if I’d like to work with family or friends?
What if my legal name and preferred name do not match?
Reno Pop Culture Con recognizes that some of our volunteers use a name other than their legal name. As long as the utilization of a preferred name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, or offensive in nature, we will acknowledge the preferred name and use it whenever/wherever possible. Use of legal name is required on certain documentation for business or legal reasons. Enter your preferred name in the GrowTix application and your legal name into the additional comments field.
Use of preferred name may be modified, changed, altered, or rescinded at the discretion of Reno Pop Culture Con or its parent organization Pop Culture Classroom.
What kind of training will I need to volunteer? Is training required?
How long does it take to do the training/orientation?
What time commitment is there for volunteering at RPCC?
There is a required training before the convention.
The average shift is between 4-6 hours.
What areas am I able to volunteer in?
There are multiple areas in Reno Pop Culture Con that need volunteers. Please go here to look at the available areas.
When will I find out my assignment?
When you register to volunteer, you will select up to three teams you want to work on. You will be assigned to a single team from that list based on current needs. Volunteers are assigned to only one team so that they may become specialized in this field. If you wish to work for more than one team we recommend becoming a floating volunteer on the Volunteer Services team.
You will be scheduled according to the availability you have indicated. Once you have been assigned to a shift you will confirm that you can work that shift.
Shifts will start being assigned 3-4 weeks before the convention.
How do I change teams?
Who do I contact if I have a question about my team or role?
I want _____ position, how do I get it?
Can I work with _____ guest?
I can’t volunteer (last minute), can my friend fill in? AND Can I sign up to volunteer onsite?
Why shouldn’t I volunteer?
Don’t volunteer if you can’t commit to your shift.
Don’t volunteer if you think volunteering will interfere with your favorite program or activity. If attending the convention is more important you should pay for admission instead.
If I have further questions about Volunteering for Reno Pop Culture Con how do I get answers?
Read the Volunteer Handbook and the FAQ above.
If you still have questions, please email us at RenoVolunteering@popcultureclassroom.org *
* Please do not message us on social media for your volunteering related queries. Instead, please use the email address above. This helps our team more efficiently work together to answer questions and keep all the information in one place.