DNC Charlotte looking for 10,000 volunteers

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When the Democratic National Convention comes to Charlotte in September, it will take 10,000 volunteers to help keep things running smoothly.

Now the Convention website has officially started accepting volunteer registrations.

However, they're looking for more than just name and address.  They're interested in each volunteer's specific skills and interests so the host committee can best match them with the right volunteer opportunity.

"It takes about ten minutes to fill out the form.  Volunteers can even upload their resumes if they'd like.  We want to know what their work history is.  They can tell us if they speak any additional languages.  We really want to get a good idea of what our volunteer pool looks like," said Courtney Counts, Director of Volunteer Operations.

The host committee started gauging volunteer interest a year ago and more than 5,000 people visited  the convention website to offer their names and email addresses.  The committee points out that even those people who have already given initial information must go back and officially register.

Volunteers do have to commit to at least two 4-hour shifts.  Most of the volunteers will be needed for the week of the convention but some will be needed in the weeks leading up.

To register as a volunteer you can go to the Charlotte in 2012 website and click Get Involved.  That's where you'll see the "Volunteer" section in the pull-down menu.

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