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About Us

Welcomers Community Volunteer Network of Cincinnati USA/ Northern Kentucky is a network designed to connect area residents, who enjoy volunteering and welcoming visitors, with local attractions and arts, cultural and special events.

The Welcomers is a legacy project of the 2012 World Choir Games extending the pride and excitement felt by thousands of volunteers who welcomed our international visitors as greeters, guides, translators, and social media contributors, and provided visitors with world class hospitality.

We invite you to join our Welcomers Network for information about volunteering at future major events and to learn about volunteer opportunities with local organizations that welcome visitors to the region.

Welcomers Volunteer Goals:

  • Enhance visitors' experiences at local attractions, arts and cultural activities, and special events in Cincinnati USA/Northern Kentucky.
  • Build community pride through volunteers’ involvement.
  • Enhance volunteerism within local arts, cultural and special events organizations.
  • Increase the region's competitiveness in attracting and hosting signature national and international events, conventions, and conferences that impact our region’s image and economy.

Welcomers Network Will Provide You Opportunities To:
  • Enhance visitors’ experiences by sharing your community pride.
  • Deepen your community connections.
  • Be a “docent” of the region and promote Cincinnati USA/Northern Kentucky’s positive image.
  • Match your skills to local organizations’ needs.
  • Easily schedule and manage your volunteer commitments.
  • Work with old friends, make new ones, and have fun!
  • Provide feedback to continually improve the Network.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Questions

How do I become a Welcomer?

If you already have a username and password, please enter that information here to link your current account to the Welcomers. Please register online here if you do not yet have an account and confirm basic personal data and interests. 

I was a World Choir Games volunteer. Am I already in the system?

The Welcomers volunteer software has been created on a different platform. If you already have a username and password, please enter that information here to link your current account to the Welcomers. Please register online here if you do not yet have an account and confirm basic personal data and interests.

What are examples of events and organizations that will be offering volunteer opportunities through the Welcomers?

  • Cincinnati Arts Association (Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall)
  • Cincinnati USA CVB/Visitor Center on Fountain Square
  • WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium
  • Community events surrounding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (2015)
  • World Piano Competition (held annually in June)
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Cincinnati Parks
  • Cincinnati Museum Center

What types of possible volunteer roles should I expect?

There will be a variety of volunteer positions within participating organizations, depending on which organization you choose to assist. Sample volunteer roles include ushering, interpreters, guides, greeters, social media contributors, administrative, etc.

What level of commitment is expected of volunteers?

The level of commitment and minimum requirements will be determined by each organization managing its volunteers, and that information will be made available to volunteers seeking new opportunities. In some cases, when training is involved, the organization may want to require as much as 24 hours in a 1-2 week event. In other cases it may be a minimum of so many hours/week.

How will I learn about new opportunities?

When you sign up to volunteer for one of the Welcomers Network members, you have the opportunity to receive emails informing you of new and existing volunteer positions. If you are not currently volunteering for a Welcomers organization, you can sign up as a Welcomer to receive this information and determine how often we contact you (monthly or quarterly).

Grants, Sponsors and Supporter Questions

Who are the Network Founders?

The Welcomers Community Volunteer Network has been established by a group of volunteers (listed below) who serve on an Advisory Committee. The Network is fiscally administered through the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Spirit of Cincinnati program.

Several organizations have contributed to the launch of the program through financial or in-kind support. Funding organizations include the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Reds, Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network. Significant in-kind support was provided by Cincinnati Arts Association, Porter Wright, Linnea Lose Strategic Communications LLC and Sullivan Communications Inc., Sanger & Eby and many of the Advisory Committee organizations. Many Advisory Committee members made personal contributions to fund the preliminary work needed.

Advisory Committee Representation


Shannon Carter, 2012 World Choir Games U.S. Co-Chair

Louise Hughes, 2012 World Choir Games Board

Randie Adam, Cincinnati USA CVB

Sharry Addison, 2012 World Choir Games JAMS Coordinator

Linda Antus, Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Donna Jones Baker, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Mike Boberg, ArtsWave

Lee Carter, 2012 World Choir Games U.S. Co-Chair

Gerald Checco, Cincinnati Park Board

Amelia Crutcher, Cincinnati Park Board Foundation

Todd Duesing, Cincinnati Arts Association

Jenny Greber, WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium

Meghan Kaskoun, Cincinnati Arts Association

Sara Kieffner, 2012 World Choir Games Northern Kentucky Engagement

Adam Kressler, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Regional Airport

Bill Knodel, 2012 World Choir Games Volunteer Team Leader

Michael Laatsch, Western & Southern

Lindsey Lander, Cincinnati Reds

Dan Lincoln, Cincinnati USA CVB

Lori Lobsinger, InterKultur Americas

Sherry Kelley Marshall, SWOWIB

Andy McCreanor, ESCC

Pat Sheeran, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce

Aurelia Candie Simmons, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Bob Stevie, Sister Cities

Jack Stith, Porter Wright & Arthur, LLP

Tamie Sullivan, Sullivan Communications, Inc.

Eric Summe, Northern Kentucky CVB

Renee Wuerdeman, Northern Kentucky CVB

Who are likely sponsors?

Organizations already represented on the advisory committee that are planning major events are likely sponsors. Organizations planning major arts, cultural or special events are prospective sponsors and will be approached; and once operational, a title sponsor will be considered.

How can others support this initiative?

We welcome support by community organizations and volunteers! Support will help to offset the administrative costs of establishing and maintaining this valuable community resource.

Tax exempt grants, sponsorships and donations can be made to the ‘Spirit of Cincinnati,’ a nonprofit (501.c.3) established by the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau and chartered to educate and instill awareness and pride throughout the Greater Cincinnati region:

Welcomers Community Volunteer Network
c/o “Spirit of Cincinnati”
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
525 Vine Street, Suite 1500
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Contact: Rhonda Dickerscheid, Network Manager

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