Almost every show you see on our channels owes its existence to our dedicated team of volunteers. Volunteers come from every walk of life, from high school students to senior citizens. Under certain circumstances, volunteering can also be used as credit for video production training if the regular fees are difficult to manage.
No Experience Necessary
Our volunteers have a wide range of technical abilities, from technophobes to vaunted Silicon Valley Engineers. Our equipment is professional (and expensive!), so we require all new crew members to be trained in a hands-on class. This can be waived if you already have working experience in the area you are pursuing. For instance, if you already have an editing suite at home, you can simply demonstrate that you have working knowledge of computer-based editing in order to use our edit suites.
Our classes teach what you need to know to produce and help crew on community productions, whether they involve Studio or field shoots; and whether or not editing or special effects are involved.
Orientation: The Place to Start
Attend one of our frequently-scheduled Orientation sessions, just an hour long, which gives you an idea of what we're all about.
See our Training Calendar for the next orientation session, then call us at 650-494-8686 to let us know you'll be coming by.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
The Media Center also has volunteer opportunities that are not video-related. We always need volunteers to help in the office, tape library, or with our computers.
"Producing at the Media Center
has allowed me to be a part of the community
in a way that helps others. It's opened endless
doors of opportunities and most importantly it's
been a vehicle of service to the community."