What do volunteers do at WQED?
WQED offers three different ways to volunteer:
- Radio and television pledge drive volunteers answer the telephones in our studios and process member pledges by collecting basic contact and payment information. All pledge drive volunteers are supervised by WQED’s experienced pledge supervisors, who will teach you how to use our phone and computer systems.
- Office volunteers help at our Oakland headquarters by preparing packages and letters for mailing, organizing thank you gifts for our members, making phone calls, and helping with basic computer tasks such as data entry. We utilize your unique skill set to help with the many varied tasks at WQED.
- Special Events volunteers help to facilitate events within the Pittsburgh community sponsored by WQED such as concerts, film screenings, fundraisers, and galas. Special Events volunteers are scheduled as needed given the size and venue of the event.
What days and times are available for me to volunteer?
All of our open volunteer shifts are listed on our interactive online calendar.
How do I sign up for a volunteer shift?
Where is WQED located?
WQED is located at 4802 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213. You can find WQED on Google Maps and get driving directions on our directions page.
Where do I go once I arrive at the WQED studios?
All volunteers should enter the building through our main entrance on Fifth Avenue. All doors are always locked, so simply press the button located on the wall to the left of the door, and the receptionist will let you in.
Please note that after 5pm on weekdays and on the weekend, there will not be a receptionist present. Lift the telephone, which is located on the wall to the left of the front door, and dial the number posted. An operator will answer and send a supervisor to let you into the building.
What if I am unable to fulfill a volunteer shift for which I signed up?
If you are unable to fulfill your volunteer shift, please contact the volunteer coordinator as soon as possible by phone at 412-622-1506 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if inclement weather makes it difficult for me to get to the WQED studios for my scheduled volunteer shift?
If you are unable to volunteer during your scheduled shift due to inclement weather, please contact the volunteer coordinator.
If inclement weather forces WQED to reschedule an in-studio pledge drive, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact each individual who was scheduled to volunteer with details about when the pledge will be rescheduled. The Volunteer Coordinator will also record an automated voice mail message with this information on the WQED volunteer line at 412-622-1506.
Can I bring a friend with me to volunteer?
Absolutely! If you would like to bring an additional volunteer with you for your shift, please contact the volunteer coordinator at least 24 hours in advance.
Can WQED accommodate volunteers with special needs?
The WQED studios are handicapped accessible and WQED will make every effort to accommodate a prospective volunteer with special needs. To determine if we can accommodate you or a member of your group, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
My child or students would like to volunteer at WQED. Does WQED allow volunteers who are under the age of 18?
WQED welcomes volunteers of all ages. However, we require that volunteers under the age of 18 be accompanied on their visit to our studios by a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult.