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HRC Seeks Helping Hands: Volunteering “is the lifeline of how we do our work”

The nation's largest LGBT rights organization offers a number of different volunteer opportunities

HRC's 19th National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

HRC’s 19th National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

“Volunteering with HRC is the lifeline of how we do our work,” says Margot Rosen, Director of Membership Outreach for the Human Rights Campaign. Nowhere is that more obvious than at HRC’s sold-out National Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 10, where volunteers will help with every aspect — from setup to gift bag preparation to helping identify bidders in the event’s auction. It takes almost 200 volunteers to help make the night a success.

Volunteer slots for the National Dinner are full, but the organization is always looking for help with its other campaigns and projects. Those who prefer face-to-face interactions travel to local events to sign up prospective members. Other volunteers help with behind-the-scenes logistics at fundraisers, like “HerHRC,” a women’s dance event held every winter.

There are also opportunities to be politically involved.

“This is a huge election year, so our field team has a very specific get-out-the-vote plan that volunteer activists can fold into,” says Rosen. Volunteers may be asked to call prospective voters as part of an HRC phone bank, or knock on doors on behalf of candidates who support LGBT rights. The ultimate goal? Harness the power of HRC’s volunteers to help elect HRC.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Human Rights Campaign, visit

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