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Creating Change Conferance

| January 7, 2019

As you may know, The National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2019 Creating Change Conference convenes in Detroit, Michigan January 23-27, 2019. We are excited to host the annual national movement gathering in the Motor City. We would like to invite you to join us by serving as a volunteer at the conference, and would appreciate it if you could send this information to colleagues or volunteers with your organization or company to see if they would also be interested in volunteering.

Volunteers can assist with as little as one four-hour shift, or for a shift on multiple days of the conference, January 23-27, 2019.  In Exchange for every 4 hours volunteered, you may attend the rest of the day’s programming free of charge!  That’s right:  volunteer four hours for the Creating Change Conference and attend any other sessions that interest you that day absolutely free!

The conference will draw close to 4,000 activists and community organizers that will come together to share ideas, programs and information happening in the LGBTQ movement.  To host such a large conference, we are looking for over 500 local volunteers to provide essential on-site people power to support the many aspects of the conference.

All volunteers are asked to attend the Volunteer Orientation and Training on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Orientation/Training sessions begin at the top of every hour, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. We ask you to block out two hours for the orientation, so you can be briefed on the conference, sign up for where you will be assisting and take a tour of the conference facilities.

Individuals may Sign up Here

Below is a summary of areas of where we are looking for volunteers:


Room Monitors assist with the details that ensure workshops, institutes, academy sessions, trainings and caucuses run smoothly. A Room Monitor will work in every workshop/caucus session on the conference program. We will need to fill approximately 250 four hour shifts to cover all sessions during the conference.


Registration volunteers will staff a computer station in the registration area; or will staff the registration bag distribution station. These volunteers must participate in a training to become familiar with our registration database; trainings are offered at the Volunteer Orientation and Training on Sunday, January 20 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. We will fill approximately 30 four shifts to cover all hours of registration, from Tuesday evening through Sunday morning of the conference.


Volunteers are needed to assist at the volunteer check-in area. Duties include: distributing room monitor packets, answering questions and, if needed, serving as a room monitor in event of a cancellation by a volunteer room monitor. We will need to fill approximately 12 four-hour shifts.


Local information/hospitality volunteers should be familiar with Detroit to assist attendees with public transportation systems, dining recommendations, shopping, entertainment, and general and specific LGBTQ-related questions about Detroit.  Local information/hospitality volunteers will assist attendees to use Local Information Tablets that will be at the table. Shifts will be available.


Creating Change offers to our attendees the opportunity to create visual art pieces; or to contribute to an all-conference banner. Volunteers are needed to assist visitors to the Art Studio Space; keep the space clean and neat; welcome visitors to the Art Studio Space; and staff the area.


Creating Change provides a variety of accessibility aids and services, including ASL interpreters, electronic and manual wheelchairs, large print program books, and assisted listening devices. Volunteers are needed to staff the table; check out/check in equipment; assist disabled persons with any needs they may have or refer them to conference staff.

Volunteer Questions

Should be sent to Dave Wait, Volunteer Coordinator at

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