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Help children across the globe find hope, right from your home state
Are you looking for new ways you can use your time and talents? Join the movement of over 30,000 volunteers who each year are working together to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name!
Compassion partners with artists, pastors, and speakers at concerts, conferences, festivals, and other events happening across the United States. At each of these events you can play a vital role in helping children connect with a Sponsor.
Each event is unique, so there are several opportunities that you can choose from to make a difference in the life of a child!
Below you can read more about the various types of volunteer roles and our volunteer age requirements to help you better understand how you can get involved.
You will need a Compassion online web Account in order to search and sign-up for volunteer opportunities. You can use the button below to log in to your Account.
If you have never volunteered with Compassion or you’re unsure if an Account exists, please reach out to the Event Volunteer Team at [email protected].
*If you would like more information about volunteering remotely or at Compassions Headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, you can reach out to [email protected].
Ages 14-15: Can serve as a Handout, Hope Starts Here, and Virtual Reality volunteer. Parent or Legal Guardian (or approved adult) must volunteer alongside them and complete the waiver on their behalf.
Ages 16-17: Can serve in any volunteer role. Must have permission from a Parent of Legal Guardian, but can volunteer alone or with a group, without a Parent of Legal Guardian present.
Ages 18+: Can serve in all volunteer roles.
As a Table Volunteer, you will staff the Compassion booth, helping event attendees fill out the Sponsorship Signup form and answering basic questions about Compassion and child sponsorship.
This role also gives volunteers the opportunity to share about their personal experiences with Compassion child sponsorship (e.g., letter writing, photos, international trip experiences, etc.).
As a Handout Volunteer, you will help pass out child packets to the audience during the Compassion presentation at the event. In some instances, you may distribute other materials as well.
This role also gives you the opportunity to answer basic questions about Compassion and child sponsorship.
As an Event Volunteer, you will cover a wide variety of tasks, depending on the needs of the event. Usually in this role, you will cover aspects of both the Handout Volunteer and Table Volunteer role, so it is a good idea to review both of those trainings prior to volunteering in our Volunteer Training Site. Specific details about your responsibilities at each event will be communicated in advance.
During some events this role will accept completed Sponsorship forms, which requires all Event Volunteers to be 16 years of age or older.
Hope Starts Here is a Compassion Experience inviting attendees to witness the harsh realities of life for children living in extreme poverty and the local church's incredible response. And to celebrate the hope that Jesus brings in even the most difficult of circumstances. As a Hope Starts Here volunteer, you will greet and welcome guests, guide people through the experience stations, and clean touch screen devices between groups. An onsite representative will be there to train you and answer any questions you might have.
The VR (Virtual Reality) Experience is an exciting way for people to hear (and see!) more about Compassion's work to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. Guests will experience the story of a Compassion child while journeying virtually through the streets and homes of the child’s own country.
As a VR Experience Volunteer, you will help greet guests, help launch them in their virtual experience, aide in resetting devices, help with filling out the Sponsorship Signup Form, and answer basic questions about Compassion and Child Sponsorship.
As a Volunteer Entrance Host, you will be serving as the first point of contact for Compassion volunteers at select events in large venues. The onsite contact will provide you with a list of scheduled volunteers, any additional materials needed to check people in as they arrive and answer any questions you might have.
As a Set Up Volunteer, you will assist with setting up Compassion table(s)/booth(s), any accompanying displays, sorting child packets and preparing for Compassion’s involvement in the event.
As a Tear Down Volunteer, you will assist with tearing down Compassion table(s)/booth(s) and any accompanying displays for return to Compassion.
The health and safety of our event staff and volunteers is always our utmost concern. We encourage anyone felling ill or with a fever (100.4+) within 24 hours of the event to contact their Volunteer Coordinator to cancel their commitment. Your Volunteer Coordinator will notify you if state, local or venue officials implement any public health requirements that impact the event.
Compassion Volunteers gain access to the venue, free of charge so you do not need to purchase a ticket to the event in order to get in. However, if you wanted to ensure a seat to the event, we encourage you to purchase a ticket as we cannot guarantee you a seat and/or access inside the main room where the event will be taking place.
We love the passion and joy younger children bring in wanting to help children find sponsors, but due to financial accountability and liability, we are not able to allow anyone under the age of 14 years old to volunteer.
You will receive access to our Volunteer Training Site before your volunteer opportunity. The link will be available after filling out our Volunteer Waiver as well as in our event details email, sent to you via email 5-7 business days before your event. In addition to our short online training, you will also receive in-person training from the Onsite Facilitator once you arrive for your shift. There, the Onsite Facilitator can answer any additional questions you might have about the event as well as clarify anything from the online training.
At this time, most of our communications will come in the form of an email, so be sure to add [email protected] as a “safe sender” or to your contacts to ensure you receive our email communications. We will send out reminder emails to your inbox, 3 weeks and 2 weeks before your event; an event details email with specific information about the event, sent 5-7 business days before the event; as well as a 24-hour reminder email to ensure you’re well-equipped and informed about your volunteer commitment.
The dress code will vary event to event, but most of our volunteer opportunities are casual dress. You can find the dress code listed on compassion.com as you are signing up for the events, and you will also receive additional reminders about the dress code in your pre-event emails.
Parking costs will vary from venue to venue. Most churches and small venues do not have a cost associated with parking. If you are volunteering at a large or urban venue, be prepared to bring money to pay for parking. Typically, parking costs at large venues range from $15-$20, but can also be more expensive in larger cities. We encourage you to visit the venue’s website to find out specific parking information.
The time you are volunteering, and your responsibilities will vary event to event. For more information on what the different volunteer roles typically include, please visit our Volunteer Training Site as well as read up on the various role descriptions above.
While we cannot guarantee you the ability to watch the show or event you are volunteering at, we make every effort to allow you to see portions of the show while you are not performing your volunteer duties.
Be sure to check the “My Events” tab in the Volunteer Section of your Account on compassion.com. This should list the events you’ve signed up for. Never accessed your Account on compassion.com before? Log in for the first time, and have your sponsor number handy; this can be found in the footer section of any email you’ve received from Compassion.
Guests are welcome to volunteer with you at the event if there is space. We do require they get signed up with you, prior to the event so they can properly be added to our volunteer list and go through the proper training. If you haven’t signed up for the event yet, you will be able to add them to the registration. If you have already signed up for the event, you will need to contact the Volunteer Coordinator to see if there is space to add them to the volunteer list.
The list of items you can bring can vary greatly, venue to venue. For instance, some venues that are large arenas have a sizeable list of restricted items and regulations about types of bags/backpacks that are allowed inside. If you are volunteering at a large venue, we encourage you to look up the venue’s policies ahead of time. Also, please note that Compassion International is not responsible for storing your personal items such as purses, coats, wallets, phones, etc. when you arrive on-site.
As much as possible, eat prior to your shift. Some venues may have food/drinks for sale. Some venues have restrictions on bringing in outside food, so we encourage you to check the venue’s website prior to your volunteer commitment.
Our ability to gain seating accommodations will vary from venue to venue, but when possible, our Onsite Facilitator will make every effort to provide seating for volunteers who need to sit for physical reasons.
Feel free to contact the Event Volunteer Team at 888-968-7708, M-F from 8am to 5pm MT. You can also email us at [email protected].