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Call for Volunteers

Dear Friends of NCIL,

Are you interested in volunteering? Do you just want to volunteer or want to save some money on registration? We have opportunities for you!

Mobilize - Resistance through Action: 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Graphic features an arrow striking a heart over the letters "IL" and a target that replaces the "o" in "Mobilize"The 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living is scheduled for July 23-26 and volunteer opportunities begin on July 22. We have a wonderful conference planned but we can’t do it all without volunteers. The Annual Conference Committee and NCIL staff work tirelessly all year planning the Annual Conference on a limited budget and are very committed to keeping costs low to make the conference as affordable as possible for our conference attendees and organizations. Committed volunteers are critical to conference successes.

We hope that IL advocates, family, friends, and supporters around the country will provide significant assistance at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. We have wonderful incentives for those who put in conference volunteer hours! We know some of your staff must attend all conference activities but if there are others that may not normally get to come to the conference, incentives for volunteering may be the perfect opportunity for them. If you or a member of your staff volunteers more than 5 hours during the conference, half of the volunteer’s registration fee is waived. If you or a member of your staff volunteers 10 or more hours, the volunteer’s full registration fee will be waived. 

Annual Conference Volunteer Descriptions

  • Rally & March Volunteer: Distribute water and signs, direct marchers, distribute lunches and collect trash before, during & after Rally.
  • Ballot Runner: Distribute & collect ballots at the Annual Council Meeting.
  • Ballot Counter: Count ballots at the Annual Council Meeting.
  • Door Keeper: Collect Luncheon tickets and guard the doors.
  • Mic-Runners: Facilitate large plenary Q&A sessions by bringing the microphone to participants.
  • Poster Kit Volunteer: Assemble Do-It-Yourself Poster Kits for conference attendees.
  • Registration Volunteers:
    • Sales Desk Volunteer: Provide registration & sales support. Process registration forms, set up and tear down sales table, assist in selling NCIL promotional items.
    • Registration Desk Volunteer: Greet attendees and provide registration support. Create nametags, process registration forms and replenish bags / materials.
    • ALDs Volunteer: Greet attendees, provide and collect Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) to registrants, take ID and maintain sign-out sheet.

If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer sign-up form by June 29, 2018.

Please Note:

  • Volunteer spaces are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • With high demand, volunteer shifts may fill up before the deadline. Apply as soon as possible!
  • Filling out the form does not guarantee hours will be available.
  • Priority will be given to NCIL individual members and member organizations.
  • The schedule will be distributed to everyone who signed up via the online form.
  • The individuals who respond with desired shifts will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you. Your support is invaluable! Please contact Angela Ellman, Volunteer Coordinator, at with any questions.


NCIL Annual Conference Committee

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