Get involved. Become a volunteer.
We are 100% volunteer-powered! AIGA Philadelphia’s success depends solely on the efforts of our many volunteers. It takes smart, dedicated, creative people like yourself to make everything we do possible. Get involved and meet some amazing people! Levels of contribution can vary based on your time and availability—volunteers are needed for short one-hour tasks for specific events or for an entire season on a committee.
AIGA Philadelphia is the perfect conduit for moving the design community forward and you’ll make great connections that can advance your own career. The volunteers at AIGA Philadelphia are also lots of fun to work with; you’re sure to make great friends along the way. We also look to our exceptional committee members and volunteers as future leaders of the chapter board.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining one of our committees or would like to be a general volunteer. And be sure to follow us on Slack where we often post volunteer opportunities.
Join a committee.
Civic + Community Engagement Committee
The Civic + Community Engagement Committee is focused on seeing opportunities to give back and connect our AIGA membership of design thinkers and creatives with the greater Philadelphia community through various service-based projects and other initiatives.
The Communications Committee partners with the Communications Director to ensure quality communications are produced in a timely manner. This includes writing and editing copy for our website and social media, posting events to area community events calendars, attending an chapters event to manage social media coverage, taking event pictures and publishing posts to the Chapter’s social media streams, and providing reports and data insights, while continually finding ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives.
Diversity + Inclusion Committee
The Diversity + Inclusion Committee is committed to empowering designers of all backgrounds in advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professionals today. We aim to address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively through programming that celebrates the achievements of all designers while building knowledge and leadership skills. The committee partners with the Diversity + Inclusion Director to identify new ideas and resources that consider not only gender, but also race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.
Education + Student Engagement Committee
The Education + Student Engagement Committee connects students in our region to the design profession and introduces them to AIGA’s mission and objectives. The committee encourages active student participation by assisting faculty and students who are interested in forming student groups and plans activities and programs to prepare students to enter the professional field.
The In-house Committee fosters awareness and respect for the role of the in-house designer by providing resources, support, education, and enhanced programming specific to their needs. In-house designers make up nearly 50% of AIGA Philadelphia’s membership, and this committee works to give this group a voice and enhance the connection of in-house designers to the local chapter. Consider volunteering on this committee to plan the annual In-house Conference, the In-house Roadshow series, represent in-house designers at chapter events, and share ideas for new initiatives for this community.
The Mentorship Committee is responsible for managing and growing the chapter’s mentorship program. In addition to recruiting seasoned designers as mentors and up-and-coming designers as mentees, the committee is responsible for pairing partners and managing the program throughout the year.
The Partnership Committee is responsible for creating guidelines and structure for financial support for AIGA Philadelphia, for maintaining and developing relationships with companies and individuals who are currently or can potentially provide financial support to the chapter for both event-based and long-term financial initiatives, promoting sponsorships to various companies, developing marketing materials to highlight different levels and benefits of sponsorships, and are available for any questions or concerns, sometimes during business hours.
The Programming Committee partners with the Programming Director and the Board to prepare an annual programming schedule that supports AIGA National’s mission while meeting the needs of the local AIGA Philadelphia members. The committee helps identify potential programs, speakers and issues of interest based established initiatives and goals.
Special Events Committee
The Special Events Committee is responsible for leading two signature biennial AIGA Philadelphia events on alternating years: the Fellows + Fresh Award and the Philadelphia Design Awards.
Volunteer + Member Engagement Committee
The Volunteer + Member Engagement Committee assists the Volunteer + Member Engagement Director and other board members in developing long-term committees and short-term volunteer engagements, liaises between the design community and board to match volunteer interests with board needs, keeps the pulse of conversation on Slack channel; and liaises with other like-minded community organizations to identify opportunities to partner and collaborate.
The Website Committee is responsible for the chapter’s website and interactive engagement; maintaining the chapter’s WordPress platform-site and all ancillary online services. This committee is also responsible for developing new ideas for ways to improve the site, implementing improvements and iterating new features. A secondary goal of this committee is to help the board reach out to the local web development community and bridge the gap between AIGA’s traditional print designers and the wider design-focused mission of AIGA.
Be a general volunteer.
Event volunteers are needed on a frequent basis at events in the areas of registration, preparation of give-away materials, ushering, light food service and cleanup. Generally, you are asked to arrive an hour before the presentation begins, you’re introduced to your fellow volunteers, and you get to work on setting up the event. At show time, you’re on your own to enjoy the presentation.
Exhibition volunteers assist in gallery show installations by hanging artwork, creating labels and assisting at opening receptions. These volunteers also help with deinstallation and packaging all artwork to return to artists.
We are looking for social media experts that are passionate about live-capturing the excitement and action of AIGA events and programs throughout the year. Volunteers will engages followers in real-time conversation to attract event attendance, create buzz, and share breaking news.
Photography + Video
We are seeking photographers with the drive to capture our events in action and tell a story through images. Volunteers send image files to Communications Committee to share these memories with members and our design community via Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are also currently recruiting experienced and talented chapter videographers who will be responsible for capturing and editing video footage of chapter events and for special projects.
We need skilled wordsmiths to enhance AIGA Philadelphia’s communications through follow-up reports of events, writing for special projects, proofreading and editing, researching and preparing social media posts, and more.
Work directly with the Board on a design project that directly benefits the local chapter of AIGA. This could be an event promotion or chapter membership piece. This is great opportunity to create work that is seen by the entire local design community.