Behind the bricks of the Society’s stately buildings there’s a dedicated corps of volunteers who are the secret to its success. They do everything from escorting museum tours to helping people research their family history to working in our museum ship to helping staff school programs. We have many such opportunities available on an ongoing basis, and invite you to match your skills with our needs. Our experienced volunteers will gladly train you and welcome you to the team.
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Docents are the key to our educational outreach efforts. They lead tours of the Society’s galleries and buildings for school children and adult groups. If you love working with people of all ages and enjoy public speaking, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Docents must be willing to lead at least one tour per week (approximately 2 hours each) during the school year. Tours are scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons.
Library volunteers help visitors with their research projects, respond to genealogical and other library-related inquiries that arrive via mail, e-mail, and telephone, and scan our one-of-a-kind letters, diaries, and other archival documents to create a digital library. Volunteers must be willing to work one a half-day shift Wednesday, Thursday or Friday during business hours.
MUSEUM SHOP VOLUNTEERS
We always need sales ambassadors for the Museum Shop. It offers a variety of unique history-related items that underscore the Society’s educational mission and its emphasis on Carroll County’s past. The Shop is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shifts are determined by the volunteer’s schedule and the Society’s needs.
Gallery Guides work on weekends and during special events to ensure that our visitors can easily navigate the Society’s campus. You’ll receive special training on how to present exhibits and engage visitors. Guides must be willing to work at least one weekend day per month, for approximately 2-4 hours at a time.
SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEERS
Our Development Department always welcomes high energy volunteers for our Special Events who are outgoing and love engaging with visitors. These volunteers register and greet guests, assist with activities for children and adults, and work at our fundraisers, member events, parties and more. These events and programs are often scheduled in the evenings and on weekends. Business or cocktail attire is often required.
CLERICAL & ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS
At various times throughout the year, all departments rely on Clerical and Administrative Volunteers to assist Society staff with special projects or ongoing tasks. Most of these opportunities are on weekdays. Some are project-oriented and time-specific, while other needs are ongoing. Tasks include filing, basic research, proofreading, preparing mailings, and updating database systems.
CARPENTRY, PAINTING, REPAIR & MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS
We are proud to own three of Westminster’s oldest buildings, but they require a lot of care. If you’re handy and inclined to help, you have an opportunity to put your skills and talents to use. We want to make sure that our historic buildings and grounds look as good as they possibly can for our visitors. Opportunities are available on a weekly basis or by project.
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS VOLUNTEERS
Marketing & Public Relations Volunteers help spread the word about the Society’s programs, exhibits, and events. Opportunities are primarily on weekdays, although from time to time, special off-site events might be held on weekends and/or weeknights. Those who enjoy writing and have good verbal communication skills are encouraged to choose this opportunity.
SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS
From time to time, the Historical Society of Carroll County has opportunities to work on special projects. Volunteer opportunities for these projects will be listed as they become available.
HSCC occasionally presents programs to community groups, fraternal organizations, and senior centers on a variety of subjects. Volunteers are needed to facilitate and present this type of public outreach.
By becoming a volunteer at HSCC, you can…
- Share your love of history
- Know you are actively helping to save and preserve Carroll County’s past
- Learn new skills and meet new people
- Receive training from experts in the history and museum field
- Participate in special workshops and programs
- Receive a 15% discount in the Museum Shop
- Attend HSCC programs for free or for reduced admission
For more information on volunteer opportunities at HSCC, contact Jason Illari at 410-848-6494, ext. 202 or ExecDirector@HSCCmd.org.