Volunteers at WCNY play a critical role in our mission to educate, entertain and inspire. As a WCNY volunteer, you’ll get an inside look at a state of the art broadcast and education center, be part of important activities and get the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference. Whether you donate a few hours or, as many have, thousands of hours, your commitment and efforts will help keep WCNY on the air.

Auctions – Join the more than 1,000 volunteers who help at WCNY’s on-air auctions, TelAuc and TravelAuc. Help with the phones, serve in roles both in and outside the studio or even pick up donated items. Fill out and submit the form to volunteer, or Download the TelAuc 2019 sign up form PDF. Completed forms can be mailed by March 10, 2019 to WCNY 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13204 (mark it to the attention of Auction Volunteers) or if you prefer, email your auction sign-up information to volunteers@wcny.org. Please sign up early. Shifts fill up quickly.


Special Events – WCNY hosts a variety of events, fundraisers and membership events, and you can help make them successful while you meet people from across WCNY’s 19-county viewing/listening area. Become Clifford “The Big Red Dog” for an afternoon, help promote WCNY by serving as a WCNY Ambassador at a local event, or help make a WCNY event extra special, putting your special skills to good use.

Office/Professional Help – Lend your office skills to a variety of WCNY office-related projects, such as data entry, mailings, office support or more. As a WCNY volunteer your organization, sales, marketing, computer or other skills can be put to use in support of public broadcasting.

Education Center “Enterprise America” – Be part of the excitement in the new state-of-the-art WCNY Broadcast and Education Center. The new building is more than just WCNY’s new home, it will soon house the new 10,000-square-foot WCNY Education Center and Enterprise America. Put your educational background to work – as a WCNY volunteer you can be part of all these activities.

ReadOut – Experience the personal rewards of having your voice professionally recorded in our ReadOut program, which benefits the visually impaired who utilize this exclusive WCNY service.

As a WCNY volunteer, you’ll accrue benefits that are our way of showing you how important you are. In addition to supporting the mission of WCNY and helping to bring the WCNY message to the public, volunteers are recognized in a variety of ways and are celebrated at an annual volunteer recognition banquet. Those who volunteer more than 100 hours annually receive a free subscription to CONNECT Magazine.

To become a volunteer of WCNY, complete the contact form below. A WCNY representative will reach out to you to invite you to a volunteer orientation section.

It’s time to sign-up to volunteer for WCNY’s TelAuc! This annual auction features merchandise from merchants throughout the region and beyond that are up for bid and we need your help! Auction assignments include:

In the TV Studio:

Phone Bank Operator — Record incoming auction bids from callers.

Bid Runner — Brings bids from bid operators to updaters

Bid Updater * — Update bids from bid sheets.

Outside of the TV Studio:

Call Center Operator * — Answer calls from people looking for their member numbers or wishing to become members.

Confirming Operator — Call high bidders and record payment information.

Hospitality — Serve food to volunteers and staff.

* Basic computer skills needed

There are two shifts each evening, with a brief training session built into each shift time. For the first shift, training begins at 5:30 p.m.; second shift training begins at 8 p.m. Note: for those volunteering on second shifts, if you would like a meal, please arrive by 7:30 p.m. (If you are volunteering for more than one shift during auction, you only need to attend one training session.)

On the list below, please indicate the nights and shifts you would like to volunteer by March 10, 2019. Please return your completed form to WCNY by mail (mark it to the attention of Auction Volunteers) or if you prefer, email your auction sign-up information to Kyla.Merriman@wcny.org.

Remember — WCNY will confirm your shift assignments prior to the start of the 2019 TelAuc. Thank you!

TelAuc 2019 Volunteer Form

  • April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 2019

  • Select the nights and shifts you would like to volunteer.

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