The WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction needs some enthusiastic volunteers, people like you who are willing to support a cause they believe in. We need your energy and your knowledge of your own community as you serve as a liaison between area merchants in your community and your public television station, WVIZ/PBS. We need you to be a Go-Getter!
It’s exciting, it’s fun, and it’s vital to the success of the WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction, a fundraising event that raises over $500,000 for programming. These dollars support the same programming and services that are important to you and your family. It’s a real partnership.
As a WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction Go-Getter, you may:
It’s fun. It’s easy and we need your help! For everything you wanted to know about Go-Getting, read below. It takes only a few hours of your time. And most importantly, you’ll be playing a role in helping WVIZ/PBS provide quality, non-commercial programming to all Northeastern Ohio. Will you help? We really need you!
If you want to be a part of this exciting event call the Auction Office at 216-916-6154 or e-mail us.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 items are donated to the WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction each year. They are presented on air and are sold to the highest bidders. Teams of Go-Getters, headed by Captains and Coordinators, solicit and collect these items.
Go-Getters contact donors who have given in previous years and others to determine if they will make a contribution. If the answer is “yes,” Go-Getters “go and get” the item(s), fill out the appropriate form(s), and bring the item(s) to the Warehouse.
Go-Getters may contact new donors after checking with the Auction Office to make sure that no other Go-Getter is contacting them. Plan to contact new businesses in your area, businesses you frequent and like, businesses owned by people you know personally. After you get the go-ahead from the Auction Office, fill out one of the NEW Donor Form sheets in your go-getter kit.
All Regions (towns or cities) have Captains, and all geographic divisions (sections of Cuyahoga County and surrounding counties) have Coordinators. Captains and Coordinators are “team leaders” for Go-Getters, serve as liaisons with the Auction Office, and keep an eye out at all times for new donors and volunteers.
A very important training session is held at a Kickoff meeting in February. Because new information is covered, the Kickoff meeting is valuable even for experienced Go-Getters. Information and Donor Target Cards are distributed and Regional teams discuss goals and strategy.
Go-Getters set their own timetable and work at their own pace. They receive the Donor Target Cards in February, and have until early April to contact donors. In April, items that have been collected are brought to the Auction Warehouse. It is estimated that most Go-Getters with 10-15 Donor Target Cards need approximately 10 hours to make the calls, pick up the items, fill out the paperwork and get the items to the station. Obviously, these times vary.
Go-Getter Telemarketers contact prospective donors on the phone rather than in person. While you can call from home, we encourage you to join others at the WVIZ/PBS studios for a more fun experience. You will be asked to make calls in your Region by your Captain, but during call out days you might be asked to make calls all over the viewing area. Of course, WVIZ/PBS pays the toll! The Auction Office will notify you in advance of the specific dates of the “call out days.”
Go-Getter Drivers actually visit the donors to pick up the items. You may or may not be asked to help the donor fill out the donor form. Your captain will call you about the pick-up and get necessary forms to you. You will most likely be picking up items in your region or in adjacent regions. These pickups are done at your convenience, but it is always wise to call the donor and prearrange a day and time.
Thank you for your interest! The WVIZ/PBS Auction team will enjoy working with you!
If you want to be an Auction Go-Getter please call the Auction Office at 216-916-6154 or e-mail us.