Note: This page reflects information regarding MIR21:Squeakeasy which was held in November of 2017. Please come back in 2018 for info about MIR22 which will be held November 9-11, 2018.
MIR is a volunteer operated event. From the planning committee to the people who help clean up on Monday, everyone who makes MIR happen gives of their time. MIR could not be the event it is without dozens of volunteers contributing hundreds of hours every year to make it happen.
Volunteering at MIR can be a very rewarding and fun experience. We welcome anyone who is interested in giving their time, whether they have been coming for years or never been to the event before. In fact, many new people find volunteering is a great way to get to know people at the event!
We need volunteers starting on Wednesday November 1st, all the way through to Monday November 6th... we've got morning, afternoon, evening, and late night shifts available most of those days. If you've volunteered in the past you should have received an email in early September about available shifts, just reply to that! If you are interested in volunteering, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Areas are filled as needed, so we may not have your first choice available. Please let us know a few different options and we'll try to find a spot for you to make your mark on this event! Here are a few exampls of the volunteer needs we typically have each year, just to get you thinking.
SETUP/MOVE-IN & TEAR DOWN/MOVE-OUT
If you have a busy weekend already planned these are great shifts for helping out before and after the event. Wednesday, Thursday, and Monday shifts are physical and require moving and heavy lifting. Dress comfortably.
If you have an interest in theatre, or if you just feel like helping out behind the scenes, this could be for you! Theatre builders will help setup the stage, lighting, and decorations to prepare for the show! There is usually some heavy lifting, and creativity can certainly help here. Lobby setup will involve decorating the lobby and possibly moving/arranging some furniture. Dress comfortably.
REGISTRATION & TICKET SALES
These are generally sit-down shifts during the event handling weekend package distribution and same day ticket sales for market entry and evening contest. These volunteers interact with many attendees throughout their shift so this is a great position to meet people!
These shifts are primarily during the evening/contest and require handling attendees personal belongings in the coat check area, ensuring their safe storage and return after the contest. Situated right in the lobby, as a coat check volunteer you'll get to meet and socialize with many attendees!
CONTEST DOOR GREETERS & THEATRE SECURITY
These shifts are on Friday and Saturday evening. Great for volunteers who are good on their feet and want to be part of the evening festivities. Duties include checking tickets for entry into the theatre and helping control access backstage.
CHICAGO RUBBERMEN GEAR SWAP BOOTH
These shifts are a great opportunity to get up close and person with a lot of attendees. Duties include receiving and labelling items for sale and assisting attendees who are shopping for that next great piece of gear to add to their collection!
STRICT RUBBER DRESS CODE PARTY - SETUP/TEAR DOWN
Held off site, this shift involves helping get the space set up and ready. This shift may involve some lifting and moving of furniture. Volunteers who help in this position will receive complimentary tickets to attend the party. Tear down is usually only an hour long, but is late at night (until approx 4am).
STRICT RUBBER DRESS CODE PARTY - DOOR SECURITY
Held off site, this shift involves checking tickets and ensuring party attendees are adhering to the dress code of the party before allowing them entry. Shifts are generally kept short enough so that volunteers can still enjoy the party!
STRICT RUBBER DRESS CODE PARTY - COAT CHECK
Held off site, this shift requires handling attendees personal belongings in the coat check area, ensuring their safe storage and return when they leave the party. Shifts are generally kept short enough so that volunteers can still enjoy the party!