Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at Association Forum - cALL FOR VOLUNTEERS is closed for 2018

It’s not enough for us to serve Chicago associations. At the Association Forum, we also strive to involve them — and we have dozens of opportunities designed to do exactly that.

Since we’re a member-based organization, we need association professional and supplier partner volunteers. In exchange for your time and your support, you will develop leadership skills and enhance your network, benefitting you both professionally and personally. Volunteering is just as easy as it is rewarding.

As a volunteer, you can:


  • Contribute to industry and organizational issues
  • Exercise new leadership, teambuilding and communication skills
  • Network intimately with industry experts and thought leaders
  • Engage fellow Association Forum members in meaningful dialogue
  • Design and facilitate programming
  • Work collaboratively in order to foster a spirit of innovation and creativity
  • Learn from diverse people and viewpoints
  • Build your resume with volunteer-staff relationship


Volunteer Testimonials

Being an Association Forum volunteer is rewarding in many ways. Past and current volunteers have told us:

"Volunteering for Association Forum is a great way to get engaged and grow in the association and meetings industry."

"Challenge the odds, make a difference. Volunteers contribute to the success of Associations!"

"Volunteering for Association Forum is always a meaningful and worthwhile experience, not to mention how much knowledge, insight and leadership skills I have gained from my volunteer roles over the years. Being able to give back is very important to me because Association Forum has given me so much. If it weren't for AF I would not have my CAE. They provided a vast amount of opportunities to obtain CAE credit (most at no cost) that enabled me to be eligible to apply."

"I'm very grateful for having had the opportunity to be a contributing writer for FORUM magazine and provide the follow-up stories to two past signature stories for the Centennial celebration. The best part was interviewing the major players and stakeholders of the associations that were featured in these stories and being able to write about the great national impact they had."