Reach the next level of fandom – Volunteer at C4!
Volunteering for a non-profit organization like C4 is a great way to give back to the community, meet new & interesting nerdy friends, and be a part of the largest comic convention in central Canada! We would be nothing without our volunteers, and you can help C4 be even bigger and better for years to come!
How can I volunteer for C4?
Are you passionate about nerd/geek culture? Do you love attending C4 and want to take your con experience to the next level? Simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join the C4 Team!
What kinds of things can I volunteer for?
We have plenty of events and opportunities for you to volunteer: the Central Canada Comic Con on Halloween weekend, the St. Valentine’s Horror Con, the Manitoba Comic Con, plus our Comic & Toy Expos and Swords & Sabres!
What will I be doing as a volunteer?
Our volunteers are often wrist-banding or stamping attendees, “goforing” (go for this, go for that), badging at the doors, handing out bottled water (gotta keep everyone hydrated!), assisting with line control, or helping out at various artist, exhibitor and con booths for breaks. Most of what we have our volunteers do is very simple and easy to do.
What do I get in return for volunteering?
First and foremost, you will earn free admission to all C4 events for which you volunteer. We split our days into shifts so you’re never volunteering the entire day (unless you want to!) and either before or after your shift you can check out the con. We also have a ton of swag (comics, art prints, toys, merchandise, etc…) donated by our awesome vendors and artists that we give to our volunteers as volunteer prizes.
What if I only volunteer on one day but want to attend the whole weekend?
You can buy a full weekend pass from the volunteer coordinator for $20.00 as long as you’re volunteering at least one full shift on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you volunteer on Thursday or as part of our postering team you will receive a COMP pass to attend on Friday or Sunday.
What are the shifts I can volunteer for at C4 2016?
Here is the schedule of shifts for our 2016 show (most needed are bolded):
|WEDNESDAY – SETUP (18+ ONLY)||THURSDAY – SETUP (18+ ONLY)||FRIDAY – SETUP / OPEN HOURS||SATURDAY – OPEN HOURS||SUNDAY – OPEN HOURS / TEAR DOWN|
|6PM – 11PM
||10AM – 4PM||8AM – 1PM||7AM – 1PM||8AM – 1PM|
|N/A||2PM – 8PM||12PM – 5PM||11AM – 4PM||12PM – 5PM|
|N/A||7PM – 111PM||4PM – 9PM||3PM – 9PM||4PM – 9PM|
How will I know or remember when my shift is?
We are working with wheniwork.com to schedule in your shifts. They have an app you can download onto your phone which will notify you of when your shift is. You’ll also be able to tell us your availability through the app so it’s easier for us to get your scheduled.
Where do I go to check in for my shift?
You will use the ORANGE elevator located at the RBC Convention Centre at the corner of St. Mary Ave. and Edmonton St. Go to the THIRD FLOOR, and this is where you will find the volunteer check-in desk. You will use this elevator for all of your shifts.
Will attendees ask me questions about the show?
YES! You’ll be asked a lot of questions, so we suggest you familiarize yourself with the general info like hours of operation, which guests are coming, where everything is, etc. You will be given a notepad and pen to write down questions, plus a bookmark with the programming schedule and directions on it to carry around with you at the show as a cheat sheet. Don’t worry about memorizing too much, you just need to know the basics!
Can I wear a costume or will I have to wear something special?
You can wear a modest costume but please note we have volunteer vests we have our volunteers wear every year. They come in two sizes, are zip up, and will be worn over any costume you choose to wear that day.
Will I have anything else to identify me as a volunteer?
Yes! You’ll also have a lanyard with your name on it that will also act as your sign in and sign out sheet for your shifts. Directors and Leaders will be initialing your volunteer badge throughout the weekend as well as we move you from station to station.
Can I volunteer with my friends?
We love it when friends, parents and kids, and couples volunteer at C4! Because we’re such a huge event however, there are times when we may split you up. It all depends on where we need more people.
How many people per shift do you need to make C4 as awesome as it can be?
Right now we’re looking at 35 people per shift. We will let you know if we fill up and if we need more people.
Can I be dismissed as a volunteer?
Unfortunately, while we want to work with everyone for a great con experience, sometimes that doesn’t always happen. You may be asked to cut your shift early if all our bases are covered, or for other reasons like attitude or behavior. We don’t like having to dismiss volunteers, so it’s very rare that this actually happens.
Is there an age restriction?
We allow people 14 years and up to volunteer at C4. If you’re under 18 we have a Parental Consent Form we ask your parents to fill out so we have their information on file as well. For our underage volunteers we do ask that parents drop them off and pick them up from the venue. We are very likely to make sure our underage volunteers do not go off site unless it’s with a parent or guardian.
Can I use my volunteer hours for school credits?
ABSOLUTELY! Bring us all the paperwork and we will sign off on your hours for school credits!
What happens if I get injured? Is there Worker’s Compensation?
No. You will be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive that states that you know you’re a volunteer and cannot claim Worker’s Compensation Benefits. If you are injured on site we will have paramedics on site to assist.
What if I have other questions?
Send them to email@example.com and we’ll do our best to answer you in a timely fashion.