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13 Feb 2016

Philadelphia 2016 Host committee announces volunteer registration portal to officially enroll volunteers

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February 13, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced that it has launched its official volunteer registration system, which can still be accessed through the Host Committee’s now-revamped volunteer webpage here. The portal is supported by myTRS (The Registration System), a woman- and veteran-owned business that offers comprehensive online volunteer, conference, and ticketing software to coordinate events, conferences and tours.

The Host Committee is using myTRS to provide quality volunteer management and scheduling for the Convention. Through the myTRS portal, users can create their own, password-protected accounts and profiles which they can access and update at any time. Creating a profile through this portal officially registers individuals for Convention volunteer opportunities.

“This portal is the first step to becoming an official Convention volunteer and will provide a more dynamic experience for the high volume of volunteers that will be registering and getting involved in DNC events,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “As we continue to build on our already large number of interested volunteers, we look forward to engaging individuals from all backgrounds and neighborhoods through this system to help make the Convention a success.”

The Host Committee’s previous system was a database that allowed individuals interested in volunteering to submit their names and contact information, but did not allow users to create accounts or store additional information. The database included more than 7,000 names, all of whom were alerted to the myTRS system before today’s official launch and given advanced access to the new portal as a thank you for their early interest in volunteering for the Convention.

With the new portal, the Host Committee can more easily aggregate volunteers based on what tasks they are interested in doing, their level of experience in a given field, and more. Similarly, users can select different volunteer categories in which they would like to work and provide more details about themselves and their level of experience. Individuals as young as 14 years old can register to be a volunteer.

As the Convention nears, portal users will be able to select the roles and shifts they would like to fill for a variety of Convention-related events that will take place in the months leading up to and during the event. Primary volunteer needs will be in the following areas:

• Volunteer Leaders;

• Administrative and Office Support;

• Hospitality and Hotel;

• Operations, Logistics, and Delivery


• Press and Communications;

• Social Media;

• Technology and IT;

• Transportation;

• Venue and Event Support.

The Host Committee has also created a “Volunteering FAQ,” where interested and prospective volunteers can find answers to their questions about volunteering for the Convention and how to use the new registration portal. The FAQ can be accessed here.

The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016.

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