get involved

STEP 1: Submit an Application

 

Volunteer Form

Drop the form by our office (during office hours) or fax it to 206-860-0195. We’ll contact you and invite you to attend our Gay City 101 Volunteer Orientation (It may take up to 10 business days for you to hear back from us).

Why Get Involved?

At Gay City, your Volunteer CREW experience has real, tangible results. Whether helping to produce Gay City annual events or lending a hand in our office or Wellness Center, you'll see the impact that you're making. You’ll be able to make real choices about events, bring in your own personal experiences and points of view, and help to create programs that really speak to you and your community.

You control your level of time, commitment and involvement. So jump on in and experience the fun, challenge, and excitement of volunteering at Gay City.

Get Involved

Administrative Crew: Data entry, database management, phone calls.

Bulk Mail Crew: Work with other Crew members to label/sort our monthly/special mailings.

Facilities Crew: Painting, small construction projects, set-up.

Gay City Arts Box Office Crew: Box office set-up and staffing, arts program administration.

LGBT Library and Resource & Referral Crew: Answer referral calls and connect callers to appropriate resources, manage data, and update resource directories. Check books in and out of card catalog software; shelve returned books, process book donations.

Medical Records Assistant: Work directly with staff and other volunteers to organize and file client charts. Computer literacy is required for this position.

Registered Nurse: Administer vaccines.

Special Events Assistant: Help procure auction items, event talent and venues.

Special Events Crew: Available for staffing of Gay City special events.

Street Crew: Distribute flyers/posters, promote Gay City programs and events, staffing Gay City information tables at community events.

Wellness Center Reception Crew: Prepare charts for testing, answer phones, make appointments, etc. This position requires excellent communication, organizational, and professional skills.

FAQ

How soon before I can get started?
Volunteering for Gay City requires an extensive application, orientation, interview, background check and training process before you get started. After you attend Gay City 101, offered once a month (date above), it will be at least one month before you can start a regular shift.

Do you have an internship/medical student program?
No, we do not have an internship program, but we can sign off on your volunteer hours if you need us to.

I'm a doctor/nurse/phlebotomist/psychologist and I'd like to offer my services. How can I get involved?
We do have registered nurses and doctors administering vaccinations, but other than that, none of our volunteer opportunities require a certification.

Volunteers do not administer testing or counseling services. However, we do have volunteers doing medical administration such as receptionist and data entry, and many of those volunteers are medical professionals.

Do you currently need help with ____?
Yes, we currently need help with all of our volunteer positions! In particular, we are always in need of bartenders with a MAST certification, anyone with experience using Volunteers for Salesforce, and people willing to be behind a Gay City information table at local events. While some of our volunteer positions do have a wait list, it's really helpful to have a wait list we can call on and not scramble to recruit volunteers.

Can my club/group/class volunteer with you?
We very rarely have a need for large groups, but if you'd like to be on a list, we can call you when/if something comes up we need a large group for.

Will you sign off on volunteer hours for school/court?
Sure, but keep in mind that volunteering for Gay City requires an extensive application, orientation, interview, background check and training process before you get started. After you attend Gay City 101, offered once a month (date above), it will be at least one month before you can start a regular shift. Some regular shifts require a one year commitment. After that, at most you would volunteer just a few hours a week. We are generally not a good fit for someone needing, for example, 50 hours in two months. However, we are always happy to sign off on your hours for school, court or other activities.

I’m in high school or younger. Can I volunteer?
Most of the time, yes. Age 16 and under requires parent/guardian consent. Age 14 and under is evaluated on a case by case basis.

If you have any more questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Garfield Hilslon 206-486-1411 / garfield@gaycity.org

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