Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer must agree to follow the terms of a volunteer code of conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. The volunteer application process opens in May 2017, via links from our website. There are four volunteer categories: Local Volunteers, Community Life, Gathering Volunteer Corps, and Servant Companions. The responsibilities vary, and all volunteers (except Local Volunteers) must commit to being in Houston for one week. Volunteers arrive on Sunday, June 25, and depart Sunday, July 1, 2018.

    Community Life

    Everyone begins and ends their day in a hotel at the Gathering. Community Life volunteers work as a team within their assigned hotel to help create a welcoming atmosphere for Gathering participants. A Community Life team staffs each hotel and is responsible for providing hospitality, being a conduit for communication with Gathering planners as well as hotel staff, and troubleshooting situations that may arise. Community Life teams also assist with Gathering registration, checking each congregation in and distributing Gathering wristbands and other materials.

    Community Life volunteers also provide many fun, meaningful and community-building activities for participants in various venues throughout the Gathering.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be out of high school for one year by the time of the Gathering.

    There is an application fee of $75. If accepted to serve, individuals are responsible for their travel to and from Houston and for their onsite parking if they drive. The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will provide:

     

    • Per diem or catered meals on days of service at the Gathering
    • Complimentary shared hotel accommodations, with check-in June 25 and check-out July 1
    • Travel stipends of up to $200 per person

     

    Gathering Volunteer Corps (GVC)

    The Gathering Volunteer Corps serves in multiple capacities throughout the Gathering. This can include, but is not limited to, ushering and assisting during mass gatherings, checking wristbands at Interactive Learning and Community Life activities, directing foot traffic in the convention center, staffing the info booth or moving equipment in a Gathering facility.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be out of high school for one year by the time of the Gathering.

    There is an application fee of $75. If accepted to serve, individuals are responsible for their travel to and from Houston and for their onsite parking if they drive. The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will provide:

     

    • Per diem or catered meals on days of service at the Gathering
    • Complimentary shared hotel accommodations, with check-in June 25 and check-out July 1
    • Travel stipends of up to $200 per person

     

    Servant Companions

    The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will invite all attendees, youth and adults, to mature in their faith by encountering Jesus in the humanity of Houston and to return home to practice compassionate justice.

    Young adult Servant Companions will accompany congregational groups as they encounter and serve the people of Houston during their Service Learning day. Applicants should be comfortable leading a group, thinking on their feet and speaking about their faith.

    Servant Companions will also help during some evening activities.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be out of high school for one year and under 30 by the time of the Gathering.

    There is an application fee of $75. If accepted to serve, individuals are responsible for their travel to and from Houston and for their onsite parking if they drive. The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will provide:

     

    • Per diem or catered meals on days of service at the Gathering
    • Complimentary shared hotel accommodations, with check-in June 25 and check-out July 1
    • Travel stipends of up to $200 per person

     

    Local Volunteers

    If you live in or around Houston and want be involved in the ministry of the Gathering but can’t commit to the full week of volunteering, sign up to be local volunteer! Local volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles, and there are jobs for all ages and abilities. Scheduling for Local Volunteers often happens later in the cycle and requires flexibility. Housing and travel stipends are not provided for Local Volunteers.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be out of high school for one year by the time of the Gathering.

    There is an application fee of $25.

    Faqs

    Frequently Asked Question:

    How do I sign up to be a Gathering volunteer?

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