Volunteer Descriptions

Thank you for your interest in the Chadds Ford Historical Society's volunteering program. We are grateful to have a core of dedicated volunteers who make a difference in the lives of people in the Chadds Ford community. Volunteering with us will provide you an opportunity to share your knowledge, learn new skills and enjoy fun and rewarding experiences. We hope you like spending time with us and enjoy the camaraderie of friends and neighbors you will find here. Your involvement directly supports the Society's mission of  educating the public and preserving and protecting our historic heritage.

Please feel free to submit an online application (click the button below) or you may print out a copy to submit via email, mail or in person at the bottom of this page. 

 

The following are examples of the roles that some of our volunteers perform

Interpreter: School and youth groups

 

Description: Instruct and supervise youth concerning quill pen writing, games, weaving, cooking or other traditional skills or tasks.

Qualifications: Ability to communicate with school-aged children, enthusiasm, friendliness, and willingness to learn about the houses and colonial crafts.

Requirement: Successful completion of required Pennsylvania background checks

Training: 4 hours of one-on-one or small group training and guidebook

Commitment: 6 tours a year

When needed: By agreement, (often in November, April, May and June, or for summer camp)

 

Special Event Assistant

 

Description: Assist with major fundraisers from August through the first weekend in December.  These include Chadds Ford Days (early in September), Pumpkin Carve (late October) and Candlelight Christmas house tours (first Saturday in December).  Volunteers are needed to run committees and to work during the events. Committees include: raffle, parking, admissions, ticket sales, setting up grounds, event cleanup, sales, information booth, children’s activities and coordinating crafters/artists/carvers/etc.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm, friendliness, willingness to promote the organization

Training: On-the-job training with a volunteer

Commitment: 12 hours a year

When needed: By agreement, depending on the event, usually between August and mid-December

Administrative and Clerical Support

 

Description: Assist in the preparation of mailings by stamping, stuffing and sorting envelopes; filing, etc.

Qualifications: Enthusiasm, friendliness, willingness to promote the organization

Training: On-the-job training with a volunteer

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when office is open

Collection and Exhibit Design

 

Description: Receive newly donated items and process them, including description and paperwork; OR research, design, and install temporary exhibits. Exhibits vary from small exhibits to large gallery-sized exhibitions

Qualifications: Focus on details as well as overall project, enthusiasm and dedication; familiarity with local history, antiques and exhibit design is helpful

Training: On-the-job training with staff or volunteer

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: Varies

Data Entry: Membership and Collections, utilizing GiftWorks and Past Perfect softwares

 

Description: Enter and update information and print letters as needed

Qualifications: Familiarity with Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel or databases is helpful

Training: 2 hours of one-on-one training with staff member and software manuals

Commitment: 8 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when the office is open

Gardening

 

Description: Care for garden plants at Visitors Center and John Chads House by planting, watering, weeding, and mulching

Qualifications: Enjoying outdoor work, ablity to work on hands and knees with little problem standing up; some experience preferred

Training: On the-job-training with a volunteer

Commitment: 2 hours every other week

When needed: Spring through fall

Historic Housekeeping

 

Description: Clean, and wax, architectural features and historic collection items in keeping with museum guidelines

Qualifications: Detail oriented, comfort with handling antiques; an interest in historic items

Training: One-on-one training concerning object handling and collections care, including hands-on training; cleaning supplies provided

Commitment: 4 hours a month for 1 year

When needed: By agreement, when the office is open

Oral History Interviewer

 

Description: Set up appointments with people who have lived locally and who volunteer to speak, and draw them out to talk about their lives

Qualifications: Friendliness, comfort working with people, a good listener and a clear speaking voice; familiarity with local history; ability to keep in confidence things mentioned but not part of the interview; access to transportation to reach the interview locations

Training: One hour training with knowledgeable volunteer or staff person

Commitment: 1-4 hours at a time, 6 times a year

When needed: At mutually agreeable time between interviewer, interviewee, and technician

Oral History Transcriptionist

Description: Listen to oral history interviews and type up an accurate record of what was said

Qualifications: ability to type and good hearing; transcription software and access to laptop is provided

Training: one hour training with knowledgeable volunteer or staff person

Commitment: 4 hours a month for a year

When needed: by agreement, when the office is open

Research Assistant

Description: Work with education, exhibits, and newsletter staff to provide needed facts

Qualifications: a love of history and a desire to inform others; ability to read English; ability to type up notes or legible handwriting

Training: one hour introduction to the office by knowledgeable volunteer or staff person, ongoing direction as needed

Commitment: 4 hours a month for a year

When needed: by agreement, often when the office is open, but can be at other locations

Volunteer Application
Please fill out and return this form in person, by mail or by email so we can best match you to a volunteer job that suits your skills and interests.
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