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DNC: Volunteers should 'consider their shifts cancelled

The speech President Obama will deliver at the Democratic convention Thursday has been relocated indoors due to weather concerns, as reported this morning.

Because the Time Warner Cable Arena, the new venue, is much smaller than the Bank of America football stadium the speech was planned to be delivered in, far fewer people will be able to attend.

A convention coordinator for the event sent out an email today letting volunteers know they would no longer be needed. "While we apologize for the unfortunate news, Bank of America volunteers should consider their shifts cancelled," the letter said.

Many supporters had their "in" to attend Obama's speech by volunteering. They won't be able to now. "I had all this week off. I could have gone on vacation or something," one volunteer told me.

Read the full letter to the now-unneeded volunteers after the jump...

Dear Volunteers,

As many of you have just learned from the news, in light of the severe weather forecasted for the area, the Democratic National Convention is relocating the final night of the convention to the Time Warner Cable Arena.  This is first and foremost a public safety decision. Our concern has always been the safety of our supporters, our volunteers and staff, and law enforcement and first responders.

While we apologize for the unfortunate news, Bank of America volunteers should consider their shifts cancelled. 

As we learn new information and any potential volunteer opportunities, we'll continue to share new details via email.  For the moment, please refrain from contacting your Team Captains.  You should not arrive for your Thursday volunteer shift as previously scheduled.

Several months ago when we first started, we couldn't have possibly imagined how much we've achieved altogether.  Our training events over the last Saturday and Sunday were incredible testaments to the power of coming together - volunteers were energized and inspired.  To the thousands of you I've met over the last weekend, and those I've only corresponded with by email - from the bottom of my heart: thank you.

We encourage our community credential holders and Americans across the country to continue to come together with their friends and neighbors to watch on television or through livestream coverage on demconvention.org.

The President will also speak to community credential holders and volunteers on a national conference call tomorrow afternoon-details will be forthcoming, and we will work with the campaign to ensure that all volunteers will be invited to see the President between now and election day. We encourage our community credential holders and Americans across the country to continue to come together with their friends and neighbors to watch and participate in history.

Tim Gowa

Volunteer Coordinator,

Bank of America Stadium Team

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