Next Volunteer Open House - January 9, 2013, 10 a.m. - 12 noon
The Funk Heritage Center has an active volunteer program. Volunteer Linda Baker works at the front desk. She welcomes visitors and provides clerical assistance to the museum staff. When visitors enter the facility, they are greeted by a volunteer at the front information desk who takes their admission and gives them a guide of the museum. This volunteer also answers the telephone and completes other administrative tasks.
Volunteer docents are guides for school field trips and for adult tours. These docents provide information about each of the museum galleries, the facility, and the Appalachian Settlement. Living history volunteers dressed in period
clothing appear in the Appalachian Settlement cabins providing History Alive programs and interpretations for special events.
Gardeners find a rewarding volunteer job assisting with maintaining the landscape gardens. In addition, Cherokee County Master Gardeners volunteer for our Heritage Garden program which includes our Native Garden.
Master Gardeners summer camp volunteers Living history volunteer
Below: Docent Bob Andrew volunteers provides guided tours for school students and scout groups.
Volunteers receive a free membership to the Funk Heritage Center after completing 20 hours of service. Monthly volunteer meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. These meetings provide volunteers with an opportunity to socialize and also to take advantage of interesting training opportunities and occasional field trips. Volunteers look forward to our annual picnic and a special holiday program. When helping with events, they enjoy lectures and workshops at no charge.
Below: Volunteers enjoy our annual picnic in May, 2011
How Will I Know What To Do?
Orientation programs are scheduled throughout the year. Training is provided for all volunteer positions. Individuals who are interested in giving tours for children and adults will receive a guide book with information concerning all of the venues in the museum. Volunteers who sign up to assist with the living history program in the Appalachian Settlement meet with staff to plan their programs and to determine what roles they want to play.
How Do I Sign Up?
If you are 18 years of age or older and you are interested in volunteering, call the Funk Heritage Center and request a volunteer registration form. You can also speak to the Funk Heritage Center volunteer coordinator who can answer any questions you or you can make an appointment to visit the museum on weekdays and talk to one of the staff about your interests. If you are a Reinhardt student and are interested in working with school children or the general public, please call us. You will enjoy this volunteer experience.
Below: Gardeners Pam and Van enjoy caring for the landscape at the Center