Many of our attendees tell us that their volunteer experiences are what make the convention most satisfying. If you haven't volunteered before, why not try it this year? It's an opportunity to meet interesting people and see the convention in a whole new light.

We will need help in the weeks prior to the convention preparing survival kits and paper, processing registration forms, etc. On the Friday of the convention, we will need people to help set up. During the convention, we will need people as teachers' aides, monitors in the model menu or exhibition areas, registrars, etc. Directly after the convention, we will need people to clean up. Even one hour will help.

Volunteers receive priority ticketing for classes. In addition, anyone who displays in the Exhibition is required to volunteer one hour in the Exhibition during the convention.

If you will be attending classes, and wish to volunteer during, before or after the convention, please complete the regular registration form, plus the Volunteering information on the tear-off sheet in your mailed packet or by registering online at the link below.

Please note: if you sign up for volunteering, you must also register for convention, even if you are not taking classes.

If you are a non-folder accompanying a folder, and wish to volunteer during the convention, please complete the Guardian/Staff registration form, plus the online Volunteer form in the link above. If you volunteer in any way, someone will contact you before the convention to confirm your assignment.

Volunteer Wanted for Convention: Gold Mine Co-chair

We have a great need to have an On-Site Gold Mine Co-Chair during Convention. The other Co-Chair is Maria Velazquez. There is no requirement for this position to be filled by a local NYC volunteer, but you do need to attend Convention. All inquiries are welcome. Here is the job description:

On Friday from noon to 7pm

  • Unpacking and setting up Gold Mine
  • Careful accounting of consignment items received at convention

On Saturday and Sunday during open hours

  • Making sure the cashiers have what they need
  • Getting cashier lunch, dinner and break coverage
  • Trouble-shooting problems

On Sunday at 6pm

  • Breakdown and packing with an eye towards next year
  • Careful labeling and packing of boxes so inventory the following year is easy, taking some note of what sold and did not

On Monday

  • Organizing and counting all proceeds with a detailed report to the Treasurer
  • Arrange for payments to people who consigned material

For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Convention Committee via convention-info [at]

Volunteers Wanted for Convention: Exhibition Managers

We are looking for 3 to 5 Exhibition Managers to work the following shifts in Exhibition:

SATURDAY: 10am-1pm; 1pm-5pm; 5pm-8:30pm and SUNDAY: 10am-1pm; 1pm-5pm.

Job Description:

  • Overseeing the Exhibition Volunteers and paid staff
  • Explaining responsibilities and Exhibition rules and etiquette
  • Trouble-shooting any problems that arise
  • Reporting status to Ruthanne Bessman, Exhibition Chair

For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Convention Committee via convention-exhibition [at]

Volunteer Wanted for Convention: Teacher Evaluation Form Coordinator

We need help organizing the Teacher Evaluation Forms we get during Convention. Tasks include:

  • Receive the forms after convention
  • Compile the forms and report to the Convention Committee
  • Return a summary of constructive comments to teachers

For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Convention Committee via convention-info [at]

Volunteer Wanted for Convention: Saturday Evening Activity Coordinator and Emcee

We need someone to organize and emcee the Saturday night activities. This could potentially include one or more of the following:

  • A novelty competition
  • Live auction
  • Entertainment

For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Convention Committee via convention-info [at]

If you have any other questions about volunteering, please contact the volunteer committee at convention-volunteering [at]