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Volunteering at LIFT
On occasion LIFT relies on the volunteer contributions of our membership to support the organization's activities. Traditionally volunteer contributions were mandatory for all members accessing production equipment and facilities. As of October 1, 2015 members volunteering for LIFT are compensated at $11.25/hour in credit to be applied to production equipment and/or post-production facilities rentals only. Retroactive volunteer hours completed prior to July 1, 2012 will not count towards credit.
Credits earned through volunteering for LIFT are applicable to any rental of production equipment and/or post-production facilities up to a maximum of 50% of the value of each rental; the remaining percentage requires payment in full at the time of rental pick-up.
As per membership requirements, one must be a Production Level member to rent production equipment and post-production facilities.
Volunteer credit cannot be used towards membership fees, workshops or store purchases.
Volunteer calls are listed in the members' weekly e-bulletin and are by application only. There is no guarantee of a member receiving volunteer tasks. Volunteers are expected to be self-directed and have adequate skills for the required task. The allocation of volunteer hours is at the discretion of LIFT staff, depending on what staff can accommodate at that time.
Volunteer work can consist of work in the LIFT office, at LIFT events, on LIFT projects, service on committees and activities designated as volunteer service by staff.
Volunteer credits are not granted for on-set volunteer calls seen in the members e-bulletin. Those cast/crew works are negotiated between LIFT members and the productions that posted the call.
Volunteer hours that are not used in a membership year are carried over, members can bank hours for when they need them.