Why Volunteer for Public Media? Picture of volunteers in the TV studio

Public Media is respected and appreciated by the community. And the people of Central Illinois respect and appreciate those individuals who support WTVP and Public Media. You will generate untold dollars worth of goodwill for your community and help continue programs that inform, motivate and stimulate the imagination. It's well worth your investment of time. It's no secret that volunteers are the lifeblood of WTVP 47. The station continues to grow largely because of the commitment of volunteers and the support of individual viewers and the Central Illinois corporate community.

Picture of volunteers phone operatorsHow can I get Involved?

Volunteer opportunities are listed below. After looking them over, call the WTVP Development Office (309) 495-0547 and express your interest in volunteering. You may also check your interests and complete the online form below.


 WTVP Friends Groups:

Pekin Friends of 47

Meets regularly - usually the first Monday of the month at 7 PM at the Pekin Public Library on 4th Street in Pekin. For more information, call Jerry Herbstreith at (309) 346-7901

Galesburg Area Friends of 47

Meets periodically through the year in Galesburg. For more information, call Linda Huddle at (309) 289-4032

Throughout the year, WTVP conducts on-air membership drives. Your services are needed in several areas:


Your winning smile is the first thing our phone volunteers see. Responsibilities include directing volunteers to the studio as scheduled, signing in volunteers, and monitoring station-provided snacks.


Your tabulating skills will be put to the test during our Membership Drives. You will be tallying pledged dollars and number of pledges.

Phone Group Trainer

This position is responsible for training the volunteers in correct procedures for taking phone pledges.

Phone Volunteer/Group

If you are a member of an organization/business group, WTVP can put your phone skills to work answering incoming membership calls.

Regularly WTVP needs individuals to help with the daily routine of many tasks and in many areas.

Front Desk / Receptionist




Data Entry


Answering Phones


Prepare Mailings


Station Tours




WTVP also needs individuals to help with the more technical areas of the station.

Station Website




Studio Crew


Each year WTVP produces a live, televised Auction. Prior to and during the Auction there are many areas where your help is needed:


Is talking on the phone a natural for you? WTVP needs you to talk with area businesses to ask for their participation. Enthusiasm is a great seller!


Do you like to get out and go? Be a liaison to WTVP donors. Auction items are donated by businesses and individuals throughout Central Illinois. Attention to detailed paperwork and availability of transportation are musts!

Pre-Auction Warehouse

Can your shoes walk our paper trail? Tracking the many items donated to the Auction requires a great paper flow system. Writing descriptions, filling out donor cards, tagging merchandise are just a few of the inventory processes where WTVP needs your help.


Help spread the news about the Auction Action! To be successful, we need individuals to promote the Auction to area businesses, the public and community.


Ever dream of being a wordsmith? Your dream can come true! This could be the chance to hear your words spoken on TV! WTVP provides the info -- you provide the description. Typewriter/Word Processor/Computer a must . . . scripting supplies provided.


Do you know the difference between Van Gogh and Van Halen? Then the Art Division could use your talents. Calling donors, picking up art work, setting up displays help make the Art Division successful.


Do you have the heart of a collector or do you relish fine merchandise from the past? This division is responsible for item solicitation, pick up, description, display, etc.


Like meeting people and telling them where to go? This is a great opportunity to greet the many volunteers who help make the Auction a success.

Inventory Control

Can you get your fingers in a filing frenzy? This Auction area is the launching pad for the entire merchandise division. The paperwork flows through you to all areas of the Auction.


Do you have that extra special touch or artistic knack for display? The warehouse area is responsible for locating the items for each board and creatively displaying them for the camera.

Merchandise Movers/X-Area

Are you a mover or a shaker? Your talents can keep the Auction rolling. This team moves merchandise carts from the warehouse to the on-air set. X marks the spot where larger merchandise is handled and displayed.


Are you an amateur sleuth? Then Troubleshooting is where your detecting skills can be put to good use hunting down item information for Auction bidders.

Bid Runner

Are you fleet of foot? Get your daily exercise and help Public Television at the same time when you volunteer as a bid runner during the LIVE Auction. (No running required!)

Bid Sorter

Can you see dollar signs in your sleep? Well, wake up and volunteer your talent to the Auction in the area of Bid Sorting. Apply your brain power and finger manipulation to sorting bid slips by high bid.

Bid Poster

Up-to-date on current affairs? Bid Posters are in the middle of the Auction bidding action. You will be required to post (enter) the current high bid in an excel file on the computer for all of Central Illinois to see.

Auctioneer Aide

Are you the helping hand type personality? This team is designed for you! Auctioneer Aides assist auctioneers, emcees, and board sellers to achieve the best possible atmosphere in which to sell items.

Board Closer

Are you a clock watcher? This is an opportunity to refine your clock watching skills and monitor the Auction all at the same time. Watches provided!


How fast can you dial a telephone? This team of individuals calls the high bidders to confirm their bid and give them instructions on how to pick up their merchandise.

Sold Item Processor

Have you ever dreamed of having thousands of dollars of merchandise just handed to you? It happens every night of the Auction to our Sold Item Processors. S.I.P.s handle all the merchandise that has been shown on the Auction. This entails placing merchandise in the appropriate area and filing paperwork.

Pick Up 'N Pay

Are you a detailed people person? This customer service area meets and greets our high bidders, finds and verifies their merchandise and gift certificates, and finalizes the sale.


Do you enjoy working with numbers and seeing results? Track our evening’s figures and get the totals first hand. Data entry into a PC using Filemaker Pro.

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