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    World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fallout 4, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Comic Books, Tabletop Gaming, Magic the Gathering, Hand Lettering, Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Rescue Dogs, Aquaria, Science, Medicine,Technology, Information Technology, Computer Repair

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  1. As part of our annual induction ceremony, Extra Life Baltimore Guild members and volunteers take the following pledge upon receiving their volunteer badge for the year: "Upon accepting this badge, I pledge to dedicate myself to supporting the mission of Extra Life. I promise to serve as a role model to the gaming community, and as a friend to my fellow Guild Members. I promise to conduct myself in a manner that honors the sick and injured children we help and the memory of those we couldn’t." Our Officers, in all their glory and sacrifice, take an additional oath before taking office: "As a steward of the Extra Life Baltimore Guild, I pledge to support my guild members to the best of my ability. I promise to conduct myself with professionalism and respect when I am representing the guild." I'm so moved by the dedication of our volunteer team, and I'm excited that we're able to continue to build new traditions as we grow each year. Thank you to everyone who took our Guild Pledge in the February Elections, Awards, and Induction Ceremony. We couldn't do this without you! If you would like to join the Extra Life Baltimore Guild, please complete our Guild Application.
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    @dmlloyd25@JediNickD@Aaron@Dreamtrip(Antonie)@Shojin@HeyOtherBarry FYI - Location was updated on this event. Sorry, I posted it in Discord but failed to put it in this post. Severna Park Public Library, 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park, MD 21146
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    @JediNickD Yes, it is supposed to be Saturday 😅 @JediNickD What are you displaying as the time? We have had some issues with people not having the right time zone settings in their account so it tells them crazy things, but when I looked at my calendar, the March 9 is a Saturday I think...
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    If you have already completed your 2019 Extra Life Baltimore Guild Application and are signed up on timecounts.org, please RSVP via our volunteer hub. Otherwise, feel free to express your intent to attend via RSVP on this event. Agenda 12:00 - 12:15 Meet & Greet 12:15 - 12:30 New Member Induction Ceremony 12:30 - 12:45 Election Results and Guild Leader Induction Ceremony 12:45 - 1:00 Awards Ceremony 1:00 - 1:15 timecounts.org Training 1:15 - 3:00 Refreshments & Card Games (Trading Card Games, Deck Building Games, etc.)
  5. In order to better organize, improve communication with Guild Members, and streamline scheduling and staffing for events, we will be using timecounts.org as a volunteer coordination tool. If you would like to participate with the Extra Life Baltimore Guild as a volunteer, or would like priority consideration for limited social events and convention access, please fill out the 2019 Extra Life Baltimore Guild Application. FAQ I already filled out a paper application at a recent Guild Meeting. Do I also need to complete the digital application? No. If you indicated you were interested in becoming part of Guild Leadership or serving on a committee, you may be asked to answer some additional questions via a separate application. Otherwise, the information you provided on your paper application has been entered by a Guild Leader, and you will receive an e-mail with instructions. Do I need to sign up for a timecounts.org account? It is suggested, but not required. If you do, you'll have a better experience signing up for specific opportunities and events. Ok, I created an account. How do I review and sign up for upcoming meetings, social events, and request a volunteer shift at a convention/event? There will be a brief training on how to use the site at our upcoming March Guild Meeting, and we may create some additional walkthrough materials that will be updated to this post as attachments in the future. In the meantime, feel free to message @Sarah here or in Discord and she will be happy to walk you through it.
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    2019 Kickoff Meeting

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    URGENT CHANGE: The location of this meeting has been changed to the large meeting room at Odenton Public Library* at 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD, 21113. * Use of the library meeting space does not constitute endorsement of the program/meeting or its content by Anne Arundel County Public Library.
  7. Otakon is 100% confirmed for this year; I talked to our contact last weekend at MAGFest. I just sent an e-mail to our contact for BlerdCon, who I also ran into at MAGFest. Hoping we'll be able to get in there this year! I sent in the application for AwesomeCon for 2019 today. We will not receive notice of whether or not we've been selected to participate until March 8, 2019, or later. We are unfortunately not guaranteed a table at this event from year to year, although I will continue to try to build a relationship with the event where possible.
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    2019 Kickoff Meeting

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    THIS EVENT IS FROM 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST. If you are not currently logged into a Community forums account, or if your account is registered in a time zone other than Eastern, the time of the event may appear to be different. The Guild Kickoff meeting is a great place to meet other Extra Lifers - both those who volunteer with the Extra Life Baltimore Guild and those who support our local hospital, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center! Washington, D.C. area Extra Lifers are also encouraged to attend as there is not currently an active D.C. Guild, but we are helping Children's National to cover D.C. area events! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Extra Lifers and Extra Life Baltimore Guild volunteers, we raised over $111,000 for Johns Hopkins Children's Center in 2018! We also helped Children's National grow their fundraising year-over-year for a total of $116,000! We'd love to celebrate this success with you, hang out, hear your stories, and tell you more about why we work so hard at conventions in the area throughout the year. Lunch and family friendly board games will be provided, and you're welcome to bring your own games to play! AGENDA 12:00-12:15 Meet & Greet 12:15-12:30 Presentation from Extra Life Baltimore Guild Leadership 12:30-1:00 Questions and Answers, Guild Member/Extra Lifer Stories 1:00-2:00 Lunch & Games Whether it's your first time or your ninth time, we welcome you to come hang out with us for this special event! Please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount for any food or refreshments provided for the meeting.
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    To celebrate the continued success of the Extra Life Baltimore Guild and the incredible efforts of our local Extra Lifers in supporting Johns Hopkins Children's Center, we will be having a special celebration and meeting! This meeting is no longer being held at the hospital, and will include an escape room! Due to expenses and limited available space, there is only one remaining spot for this event. Please be sure to let us know in our Discord channel or in the comments below if you intend come. It is critical that you only RSVP if you are 100% confirmed able to attend, as the hospital is paying a per-person rate for our escape room. If you RSVP, you will be provided with details about the escape room. The entire experience, including the meeting and the escape room, is expected to run between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM EST. We're working on getting food provided to the team at no charge, which means we need RSVPs! ALL Extra Lifers in the area are welcome to attend, but please remember that we need an accurate head count in order to get the right amount of food for everyone, so please RSVP on this Calendar event, even if you've told someone in the Guild you're going! We may also arrange a social event directly afterwards, possibly at Games 'n' Stuff in Glen Burnie, where we'll play some random board games and hang out as a group. Details on this will be updated to this page closer to the event date.
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    Super MAGfest

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    MAGFest is the most targeted event hosted in the Baltimore/D.C. Metro area, with 20-25,000 attendees - all of whom have a love for gaming! To read more about MAGFest, check out this article on Wikipedia or the MAGFest site for Super MAGFest. MAGfest and their gracious charity coordinator went above and beyond to include us again this year, even though they had very limited space available. This was our biggest event last year, crushing even our best numbers from Otakon. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center proved to be a very convenient location, but parking at the Gaylord can be difficult in the afternoon. MAGFest has graciously provided us with a free table and four free dealer badges in their Marketplace area. Traffic will be very heavy on Friday and Saturday. MAGFest has some required staffing hours, but the Marketplace is open 24 hours during the event. For this first year, we plan to staff the table for the minimal hours, but will extend our hours on Saturday evening as compared to last year. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THE SECTION ABOUT FOOD AND POTTY BREAKS - THE GAYLORD IS NOT AS CONVENIENT FOR FOOD AS THE BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER OR THE WALTER E. WHITE CONVENTION CENTER! COVERAGE Since this event has minimum expected coverage hours, it's very important that you are on time for your shift. Please let @Sarah know immediately if you don't think you'll be on time for an opening shift. As-needed Break Coverage @LittleSith @jbooth117 @Shojin @Aaron Wednesday Between 5:30 PM - Midnight - table setup only @Sarah Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM @LittleSith 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM @Sarah Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM @Sarah REPLACEMENT NEEDED ASAP, please advise if you can cover this shift 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM @Aaron 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM @Shojin Saturday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM @Emokidcries @Ceraph1216 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM @Aaron 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM @Shojin 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @Tiny415 Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM includes breakdown and load-out @Shojin @Sarah @Ceraph1216 Setup and load-out instructions will be provided to volunteers working on these processes only. PARKING There is plentiful parking in the area within convenient walking distance. It is unlikely you will need to walk more than about 5 blocks. It is strongly recommended that you pre-purchase parking so it is not sold out prior to your volunteer shift. Parking can be purchased through National Harbor's parking reservation site here: https://nationalharbor.clickandpark.com/venue Parking will cost between $14 and $20 per day. Reserving your parking ensures you will have in/out privileges during the time you are parked. Volunteers who will be driving to the convention will incur out-of-pocket parking expenses. These parking expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Please be sure to request a receipt if you use cash-paid event parking. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. PUBLIC TRANSIT I was unable to locate useful Public Transit information for getting to National Harbor. It appears that shuttle services are available from Reagan National Airport. It may be best to travel as close as possible to the area via MARC train and hire an Uber/Lyft/Taxi to your final destination. ATTENDING PANELS, CONCERTS, EVENTS, AND EXPLORING THE CONVENTION If the badges are similar this year, they include access to all convention content, but will have a vendor flag attached to them. During your volunteer shift (especially since coverage is going to be minimal), you are not permitted to use your badge to attend events or panels. You are expected to be present at the table and actively recruiting future Extra Life participants. Before or after your volunteer shift, you are welcome to explore the convention. If you attend an event, please be sure to remove/conceal your Extra Life name badge. Before, during, and after your shift — especially every minute that you wear that convention badge — you are representing Extra Life, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Extra Life Baltimore Guild (and in this area, Children's National as well). MAGFest has generously waived their fees for us in order to make it possible for us to attend and volunteer at this event. It is very important that we maintain a great relationship with the staff at MAGFest so that we can continue to attend. Remember, you are representing a children's charity. None of us would judge you for attending certain 18+ events, but you shouldn't be attending it using a badge donated for professional use. Use common sense, and check with @Sarah if you aren't sure if the panel or event you'd like to attend is appropriate. LUNCHES AND POTTY BREAKS If you need to take a quick bathroom break and you do not have backup coverage at the booth, please take any loose valuable items with you (i.e. laptops, tablets, cell phones). There will be a small lock box available in our booth as well. If you have backup coverage at the booth and need to leave to get food or take a bathroom break, please be courteous and let the other volunteer know that you are leaving the table. The Gaylord is notoriously expensive to purchase food at, the number of vendors inside the Convention Center is limited, and the lines are horrible. Seeking food offsite includes an inconvenient walk and even longer lines. If you don't bring food, you may not have an opportunity to eat. This is the number one issue with the Gaylord National Resort! Please be sure to pack snacks or a decent, fulfilling lunch and plenty of beverages. Better yet, bring a water bottle. You will have opportunities to refill it throughout the convention. SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER This event is almost fully staffed, but we need an experienced opener on Friday to replace @Sarah due to some last minute mandatory work obligations. We need one volunteer minimum per shift to start off with, however extra coverage during periods would be appreciated! For additional details, please message @Sarah, @NodnarbDude or @Ceraph1216. Volunteers will receive ongoing updates and instructions throughout the week and during the convention. Thanks so very much for donating your time and energy for the kids!
  11. CON SEASON 2019 STARTS EARLY THIS YEAR! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ As with previous years, Washington D.C. Extra Lifers are welcome (and encouraged) to volunteer at our events. I will be updating this main post throughout the 2019 fundraising season and keeping a changelog in the comments. For general information about upcoming events, this is your one-stop-shop. You can also follow the Calendar for our guild. Most event-specific details will be on the individual pages, which I'll be linking here. I will update the status of various conventions and events on this thread, and will be notifying you when additional events have been added. You should click on the Follow button at the top of this post to make sure you get updates. THIS THREAD WILL BE LOCKED TO REPLIES UNTIL AFTER GAME DAY. Please address any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding specific events on their page. If you'd like to suggest an event that we're not already working with, please send a PM to the following: @Sarah @NodnarbDude @Ceraph1216 CONFIRMED EVENTS Cecil Con, Apr 12-13 AwesomeCon, Apr 26-28 Otakon, July 26-28 Tentative - BronyCon, Aug 1-4 UNCONFIRMED EVENTS Katsucon, Feb 16-18 Artscape/Gamescape, Jul 19-21 Baltimore Comic Con, Oct 18-20 PrattCon WISH LIST Super Smash Con Shore Leave, Jul 12-14 Blerd Con, Jul 12-14 AnimeUSA, Nov 1-3
  12. Artscape is a huge festival in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts hosts a smaller event within the festival called Gamescape, in which indie developers promote their games as a form of artwork. This is a moderately high traffic event with good recruiting, however our audience will not be as targeted as it is at other events. This event can be very busy at times, and will require a minimum of two to three volunteers during high traffic times in order to gain maximum benefit from our presence. There is no limit to the number of volunteers that can attend this event. If you are not scheduled, please feel free to stop by and man the table for a while! It can get very crowded, but we got lucky this year and are at the end of a row (and near the bathrooms). This is a great location and will make it easier to move in and out of the booth. SCHEDULE Friday 9 AM to 11 AM @Sarah 10 AM to 2 PM includes partial table setup @Aaron 1 PM to 7 PM @Shojin 3 PM to 9 PM includes booth breakdown and lockup @NodnarbDude Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM @Shojin @Emokidcries 3 PM to 9 PM includes booth breakdown and lockup @jbooth117 @Ceraph1216 Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM includes booth breakdown and lockup @Sarah 11:30 AM to 3 PM or later @NodnarbDude Please wear your issued badges to this event. PARKING Please plan on parking 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your volunteering shift. Traffic in the city gets heavy in the late morning, particularly on Friday and Saturday and Artscape causes many road closures. It may become harder to find a garage that is not full on Saturday or Sunday. If at all possible, park at the Fitzgerald parking garage. The Fitzgerald Garage 1201 West Mt. Royal Avenue (Note: the garage is located on Oliver Street - between Maryland and Mt. Royal) Hours: 24/7; Contact: 410.837.6573; Height Restriction: 6’10” Penn Station Lot 21 East Lanvale Street Hours: 24/7; Contact: 410.685.2700 Penn Station Garage 1511 N. Charles Street (No Access from Charles Street during Festival) Hours: 24/7; Contact: 410.783.0213; Height Restriction: 7’ Reservations for Parking Volunteers who will be driving to the convention will incur parking expenses. These parking expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Please be sure to request a receipt if you use cash-paid event parking. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. PUBLIC TRANSIT Artscape has a guilde to using public transit here: http://www.artscape.org/plan-your-visit/Ride-MTA Volunteers who take public transit to the convention will incur transit expenses. These transit expenses will not be reimbursed, however they can be written off at your end-of-year tax return as volunteer expenses. Retain a copy of your receipts for your tax records. EXPLORING THE EVENT During your volunteer shift (especially since coverage is going to be minimal), you are not permitted to attend performances, however short breaks to explore nearby vendors will be allowed if there is adequate coverage. You are expected to be present at the table and actively recruiting future Extra Life participants. Before or after your volunteer shift, you are welcome to explore the event. Please feel free to roam the event before or after your volunteer shift. There will be live music, vendors, and artists. This is a fairly typical, though large, street festival. If you attend the event, please be sure to remove/conceal your Extra Life name badge. Before, during, and after your shift — especially every minute that you wear your badge — you are representing Extra Life, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and the Extra Life Baltimore Guild. Artscape has generously waived their fees for us in order to make it possible for us to attend and volunteer at this event, and this event is often a significant contribution to our total recruitment. It is very important that we maintain a great relationship with the staff at Artscape, Gamescape, BOPA, and University of Baltimore so that we can continue to attend. Remember, you are representing a children's charity. Use common sense, and check with @Sarah if you aren't sure if the performance or event you'd like to attend is appropriate. It doesn't appear that they have an app or a Guidebook this year, but you can find the schedule at http://www.artscape.org LUNCHES AND POTTY BREAKS If you need to take a quick bathroom break and you do not have backup coverage at the table, please take any loose valuable items with you (i.e. laptops, tablets, cell phones). There will be a small lock box available in our booth as well. There are bathrooms located in the building very near to our table. If you have backup coverage at the booth and need to leave to get food or take a bathroom break, please be courteous and let the other volunteer know that you are leaving the table. There are food vendors outside the UB building but they are outrageously expensive. It is strongly suggested to pack a lunch if possible. SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER Please let us know when you can volunteer. I will update the event with confirmed volunteer names below the shifts they have agreed to work. We need one volunteer minimum per shift to start off with, however extra coverage during periods that there is a badge free would be appreciated! For additional details, please message @Sarah, @NodnarbDude or @Ceraph1216. Volunteers will receive ongoing updates and instructions throughout the week and during the festival. Thanks so very much for donating your time and energy for the kids!
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    @JediNickD @PHANTOMxALPHA @Yancy_Street @djotaku @Rachel @[WLVRNS]Fumbles @SpacePsych @Taco_Girl @Aaron @Ceraph1216 @NodnarbDude @jbooth117 @Shojin @LittleSith @Lt_fergie @Emokidcries Looking forward to seeing you guys today at the hospital for our meeting! If you can’t make it, let us know here and join the Discord channel for audio (and maybe if we are lucky, video)!
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    We also look forward to seeing these beautiful faces again: @Ceraph1216 @NodnarbDude @jbooth117 @Shojin @Goonygoon84 @LittleSith @Lt_fergie @Emokidcries <3
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