Volunteering

How Do I Help?

If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer, please see the section below called “How do I get started?”

Be sure to list your areas of interest in the order of your preference and we’ll do our best to match you with your chosen areas!

Here are a few areas that are always looking for assistance:

Hospitality: Got a burning need to know what it is those God Level furries are up to? Volunteer with hospitality and you’ll be able to help in the consuites! Duties may include: keeping things clean, fetching ice, keeping the paparazzi out of the God Level Suites, and making sure the food never runs out.

Animal Control: Got sharp eyes? Many areas of the convention are Badge Only and we’ll need YOU to make sure that everyone has an official FWA badge.

Dealers’ Den: Want to help out and get a chance to meet some of the community’s most talented dealers? Apply to volunteer in Dealers’ Den and help some of the dealers set up and break down shop!

Fursuit Games: Perhaps you enjoy watching all the fuzzies play about. Here you can help set and strike each of the activities for those energetic fursuiters!

Registration: Registration needs your help too! We will need some friendly furs here to help with printing and laminating badges during the con. It’s going to be busy work so don’t forget your game face!

Main Events: Getting our Main Events room set up before the convention, and striking it after the convention is no small task! This could be your chance to meet some of the creative crew and work with really cool equipment.

And many more!

Remember, if you don’t get your first pick (or second/third), there are plenty of other areas that could use some helping paws. Come to the Volunteering Station at the convention to be directed to whichever area needs your help!

“How do I get started?”
Do one (or preferably all three) of the following:

  1. Go to this Google form and fill out a staff/volunteer application. (this is a new application process)
  2. Join the Telegram Volunteer chat https://t.me/volfwa
  3.  Show up at the volunteering desk onsite and find out what you can do to help.

Requirements:
All Volunteers must abide by both hotel and convention rules and procedures. Not only are we here as attendees, but also as members of the con as a whole. Whilst volunteering, please be sure to be courteous and respectful of your fellow congoers and always make the most of your time spent helping backstage.

There is no age requirement! As long as you are a valid con attendee, you are welcome to volunteer; though minors must have a signed and notarized permission slip from a parent or legal guardian.

There is no minimum time commitment for volunteers! Volunteer as much or as little as you prefer –it is your time you are dedicating. Just be sure to sign in and out on your time sheet.

Hours:
Make sure to log your hours onsite with an area coordinator so you get proper credit. A clipboard and sign-in sheet should be provided. It is your responsibility to sign in and out on a volunteer sheet in the area you are volunteering for so that your hours can be credited.

Hours unfortunately do not carry over from year to year. In the past, double hours were available for load-in/load-out; as of 2018, hours worked in load-in/load-out no longer count for “double hours” but rather standard hours.

Here’s how we like to say thank you:

10 Hours. – $10 Constore Credit!
15 Hours. – $15 Constore Credit!
25 Hours. – A membership to the next FWA!
40 Hours. – Membership to the next FWA and a $20 Constore credit!

Fursuiting While Volunteering:
Whilst you are welcome to suit while helping, time spent in suit does not officially count towards volunteering. This is because, as volunteers, we must be able to speak to attendees and staff alike whilst being easily understood. We are also called upon to perform tasks such as operating communication devices, managing wires, check badges, and/or move quickly (and safely) up and down stairs in large crowds.

* Please note, in order to be eligible for Staff, you must have volunteered prior to the upcoming FWA. If this is your first time helping us, we ask that you apply as a volunteer to see if you find working at the con suitable for you.