PART OF SOMETHING BIG!
HCCAC Volunteer Program

Are your dreams  filled with thoughts of WHAT COULD BE? Do you often think of doing SOMETHING BIG, something to make your community better?   When you become an HCCAC volunteer, that’s exactly what happens! You get to bring improve life your  family, friends, and  neighbors in your community…. One event, one project at a time!

HCCAC’s mission is to increase arts access for underserved communities and to preserve, share, and celebrate the histories and cultures of Black and Brown people.  It’s true that our programs are high quality, engaging events, but there’s so much more to it than that!

We give a voice and a platform to communities and artists who are often marginalized and underrepresented.  Additionally, as the sole source for the arts and culture in Unincorporated East Harris County, we are bringing about transformative change within our communities – increasing economic opportunity, advancing social justice, improving quality of life, creating understanding, and building connectedness through shared experiences and celebrations. It’s a BIG VISION, and we can’t accomplish it without you.  

Volunteer at HCCAC today and be Part of Something Big!

 

Preparing for the Show

To maximize your volunteer experience, HCCAC provides a one hour training session at sign up and a Run of Show logistics meeting prior to each event.  The Run of Show meeting may last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  Volunteers are asked to include these meetings in their consideration of whether to volunteer.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

AMBASSADORS: 

Employ your social influence and connections to introduce people to the organization, provide organizational advancement opportunities for the Executive Director through introductions to key individuals and potential donors, invitations to high profile events, etc. 

BENEFACTORS:

Make financial contributions to help sustain the organization.  For those interested in creating a legacy, contact our Executive Director to discuss opportunities for Corporate Branding and Naming Rights.

ARMORBEARERS

These are critical team members who help us shoulder the day to day operational load. There are two categories:

1) Designated Armorbearers –  These volunteers work specified hours and/or days in a selected role  on an ongoing basis. NOTE:  Designated Volunteer opportunities Require a Background check.

 CLICK HERE to Sign Up as a Designated Armorbearer. 

2)  Events Based Armorbearer –  These volunteers provide support for specific events. 

Event Based Volunteer opportunities are posted at Volunteer Houston. www.volunteerhouston.org

DESIGNATED OPPORTUNITIES

DESK TEAM

Members of our Desk team provide administrative and clerical support. Responsibilities include tasks such as answering the phones, taking messages, making copies, preparing and sending written/electronic correspondence, scheduling appointments, greeting visitors, and conducting tours for clients interested in venue rentals.  

Assignments are scheduled in 3 hour shirts. Tasks vary from shift to shift.

Shifts – Monday – Saturday:  9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 3:00 – 6:00

ART ASSISTANTS & DOCENTS

HCCAC provides opportunities for docents, who act similar to a guide, All docents will receive a 2 hour training. No arts background is required but docents should have the ability to write and speak effectively. Docents may help in the gallery by facilitating conversations with visitors about exhibits and during special events.  Art Assistants can also provide support for exhibit installations, handle artworks, and pack and unpack artworks. Docents work in 4 hour shifts and come under the Designated Volunteer category.

USHERS

Ushers are responsible for the seating and the safety of guests at all performances and events including, but not limited to: The Theater (seating capacity of 750); The Grand Foyer (seating capacity of 40); The Film/Viewing Room  (seating capacity 75) and other venues and spaces as directed. 

Ushers are considered Front of House staff and are expected to offer the highest level of customer service possible to guests, donors, visiting artists, artist management, patrons, and any other member of the public or administration they may encounter.  They are critical to ensuring “white glove,” guest experience at every event.  

Ushers also serve as security monitors who make reports about safety/security concerns to organizational leadership.

 

Facilities Team

Are you competent in a variety of small skills like cleaning, organizing, or installation? Or maybe ingenious in repair or maintenance work such as carpentry, painting, or plumbing? HCCAC needs YOU! 

 

Gift Shop Team

That’s a Wrap Gift Shop is open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with extended hours on program/event days.  That’s a Wrap volunteers are responsible for greeting customers, assisting customers in merchandise selection, operating the Point of Sale system and closing out at the end of their shift. Volunteers need to be comfortable handling cash.

EVENTS BASED OPPORTUNITIES

TECHNICAL TEAM

The Tech Team has significant responsibilities and help ensure that events and productions go forward smoothly.   Team members provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Audio visual system operation and management
  • Lighting system operation and management 

 OPERATIONS TEAM

Operations volunteers support the Operations Manager in carrying out his or her roles and responsibilities. Tasks may include managing the box office, setting up and breaking down for events, arranging furniture and chairs; shopping for supplies and materials; organizing supplies and materials, decorating specific areas, interfacing with vendors under the supervision/directions of the Operations Manager; receiving equipment; inventorying equipment, supplies, and materials.

SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM

Volunteers help prepare facilities, compile materials, manage crowds, serve refreshments, and clean up.  In addition to our quarterly stage performances, some of our other “can’t-miss” experiences include: ‘Juneteenth Matters,’ commemorating Independence Day for African Americans, Todo Latino! All Things Latin – Celebrating Cinco De Mayo and ‘Light Up the Night,’ a Christmas Wonderland with hayrides and gingerbread house decorating

 

At least 3 times a year, HCCAC hosts a community forum and/or a social justice related or relevant event. Volunteers at these events may help with crowd control, escorting guests to seats, and/or assisting moderators. 

 

Benefits of Being Part of Something Big! 

In addition to knowing that your volunteer service is making a real difference in the world, and that you are Part of Something Big!, HCCAC volunteers receive the following benefits.

  • Volunteers who serve a minimum of 20 hours during any calendar year receive a ticket to any show of their choice (valued up to $50), and an HCCAC T-shirt. 


  • Volunteers who serve 60 hours receive a complimentary ticket to any show of their choice (valued up to $100 total) and are also eligible to attend our annual Part of Something Big! Volunteer appreciation event.


  •  Volunteers who serve 90 or more hours receive 2 tickets to any show of their choice (valued up to $100 total), and are eligible to attend our annual Something Big! Volunteer appreciation event and our Something Big! retreat.

Note: Volunteers must sign-in to the volunteer log during their shift to earn hours.  Check-in with the designated staff member is required to receive credit for volunteer hours at off-site events.

Hours are non-transferable to family members, children, etc. 



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