You realize how important it is to help preserve WTTW’s legacy of offering the entire community enriching programming and content.To volunteer as an individual, group, or company during one of our pledge drives, send an e-mail with your preferred date & shift times to our volunteer office or call (773) 509-5532.
Thorough training is provided so all volunteers are comfortable and confident using our software, laptops, phones, and headsets. Each shift begins at our front reception desk where you’re greeted by a volunteer assistant and asked to sign in.Next comes a meal graciously donated by a local restaurant or caterer. After mealtime, our pledge supervisor escorts volunteers to the studio to begin training.This has proven to be very effective, and groups that have the most fun are oftentimes those who join us for non-live shifts!Plus, this is also a perfect opportunity for volunteers who may be intimidated by live television or camera shy, but still want to volunteer their time at WTTW.All shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The majority of a pledge volunteer’s time is spent answering telephone calls from viewers and prospective donors.
While taking these calls, volunteers enter callers’ information (name, address, phone number, thank-you gift items, method of payment, etc.) via laptop computer.
Your group can also wear matching shirts with a logo or text, but no white apparel is allowed. All students must be 16 years of age or older, and school groups must supply at least one chaperone for every ten students.
Unfortunately, volunteers cannot wear caps or variations of hats, and we cannot display company or group banners on the set. Recent groups have included National Honor Societies, cultural clubs, and broadcasting, journalism, and history classes.
Our June pledge drive is just around the corner, so click here to download our volunteer schedule.
Feel free to email [email protected] any time with any questions you may have about volunteering during our on-air pledge drives.
We are also happy to sign off on service learning hours for students who volunteer with us. Business casual dress is preferred, though jeans are permitted.