Volunteer

Are you looking for an exciting way to become part of your public broadcasting family? ETV and ETV Radio offer many opportunities for you, your organization, your family, and friends to become involved.

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Opportunities

Pledge Phone Volunteer for the Television Membership Campaigns

Sign up your community group or organization and receive great publicity while enjoying a few hours of fundraising fun in our television studio! Bring 14 volunteers to answer phones during our March, August, or December campaigns. Your group will receive an on-air interview; on-air coverage throughout the shift; and a thank-you on-air, on our Website, and in our SCENE magazine.

Pledge Phone Volunteer for the Radio Membership Campaigns

Sign up individually or sign up your community group or organization and receive great publicity while enjoying a few hours of fundraising fun in our radio studio! Come alone or bring five to eight volunteers from your group to answer phones during our February, June, or October campaigns. Your group will receive an on-air interview; on-air coverage throughout the shift; and a thank-you on-air, on our Website, and in our SCENE magazine.

Hospitality Host

Work with area food vendors during membership campaigns. Responsibilities could include confirming food donations with scheduled restaurants, picking up meals on the afternoons of donations, assisting with setting-up, keeping dining area clean and replenishing food as needed.

Costumed Character or Handler

Dress as a children's costumed character or assist the costumed character as a handler at special events.

Tour Guide

Conduct tours of the ETV Telecommunications Center. Volunteer tour guides would support staff tour guides by conducting tours on certain days and/or for certain groups. Training will be provided, and a staff member will accompany the volunteer on their first two or three tours.

Special Events Host

Greet the public and distribute information at the ETV and ETV Radio booths at community events (3 Rivers Festival, State Fair, etc.).

General Office Help

Assist with clerical duties, data entry, bulk mailing, and other activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help with ETV and ETV Radio membership campaigns?
You can serve as a phone volunteer. Membership campaigns traditionally occur in March, August, and December for television; February, April and October for radio; as well as smaller campaigns throughout the year.

What does a phone volunteer do?
A phone volunteer answers phones and processes incoming pledges from new and current members during pledge shifts. Headsets and computer terminals are used by volunteers to process pledges.

What skills are needed?
A phone volunteer needs good telephone skills, a courteous nature, attention to detail and most importantly, a love for ETV and ETV Radio!

How will I be trained? Will there be someone present to answer my questions at all times?
A volunteer supervisor will train you when you arrive for your shift and will be available to assist you with any questions. The volunteer supervisor will also handle any difficult calls.

Where do I report?
Television phone volunteers should report to the ETV Telecommunications Center at 1041 George Rogers Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29201. Groups will contain 10 to 20 phone volunteers, depending on shift.

Radio pledge phone volunteers should report to the ETV Telecommunications Center at 1041 George Rogers Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29201. Groups will contain five to eight phone volunteers, as needed per shift.

Will I have to call and solicit anyone?
No. Phone volunteers are not asked to make any phone solicitations and will only process incoming calls.

Why are membership campaigns important?
Membership campaigns are the ETV Endowment's single most efficient source of acquiring new members. Contributions from ETV Endowment members are used to purchase and produce ETV and ETV Radio's programming - programming that educates, enlightens and entertains.

Register to Be a Volunteer