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WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction: Volunteer

WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction

Auction is a fun and exciting fundraiser! The annual WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction happens every spring. Volunteers are needed to help in every aspect of these functions.

Please read the job descriptions below to discover which job you would enjoy doing!

Pre-Auction Volunteer Positions

Prior to the Auction, volunteers are needed months in advance to prepare for the event.

  • Go Getters: Reach out to businesses and individuals to donate items to the Auction. For everything you need to know about Go-Getting, click here.
  • Warehouse: Copy writing, stocking and tracking items, completing and filing paperwork.
  • Data Entry: Enter donor/buyer/item info. Database experience preferred.

Auction Days Volunteer Positions

If you are interested in volunteering during the Auction broadcast, listed below are the positions and their description. It’s fun and a great way to meet people. Join us!

  • Bid Taker: Answer the phone, take bids.
  • Bid Runner: Carry bids from the phone area to the tables (on your feet). Assists in food service.
  • Food Service: Pour drinks, hand out sandwiches, etc.
  • Confirmation: Call high bidders and arrange for them to pick up their item. A behind-the-scenes job.
  • Sold Warehouse: Remove sold items from studio, check paperwork, stock items in sold warehouse. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  • Table Captain/Assistant: Organize tables, assist auctioneers, and organize incoming bids. A job for experienced auction volunteers who are detail and team oriented.
  • Table Loader: Pull items from warehouse and arrange tables, check paperwork, and move tables into the studio. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  • Board Marker: Write incoming bids on the blackboard. Must be 5’7” and have good printing.
  • Board Writer: Update the boards either with chalk or dry erase marker. A behind-the-scenes job. Legible printing is required!
  • E-Board Marker: Key incoming bids using a laptop computer, updating internet. Requires accuracy.
  • E-Board Writer: Copy chalkboards by keying on laptop computer, creating internet boards. Requires accuracy. A behind-the-scenes job.
  • Cash-n-Carry: Run cash register/credit cards, file paperwork for sold auction items. Must be detail oriented! (This job has different shift hours, see the sign-up form for the schedule.)
  • Data Entry: Enter donor/buyer/item info. Database experience preferred.

As an Auction Weekend Volunteer:

  • Snacks (or a meal) will be provided.
  • Afternoon, evening and weekend hours are available.
  • Parking is available free of charge to our volunteers.


  • Smile, you’re going to be on TV. And we want you and the Auction to look great!
  • Board Markers and Table Workers: Business Casual (Sponsor or Auction T-shirts okay)
  • All other positions: No tank tops, shorts or ripped jeans.

For further information on any of the above topics or to become a volunteer, please contact the station’s Volunteer Coordinator at 216-916-6156 or by email.