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Ways to Volunteer at the Funk Heritage Center

The FunFunk Heritagek Heritage Center has an active volunteer program. Volunteers receive a free membership after completing 20 hours of service and active volunteers may receive discounts on selected items in the museum gift shop. When helping with special museum events, volunteers can attend lectures and workshops at no charge.

Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. except during July. Meetings allow staff to update volunteers on events and offer occasional training. everyone has an opportunity to socialize after the meeting. A picnic or a dinner is held each spring and each December a special holiday program is held.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you may download a volunteer application here. Then please either mail it to us at 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA 30183 or fax it to 770-720-5602. Once it is received, you will be contacted to make an appointment for an interview.

Front Desk Receptionists

These volunteers welcome visitors and provides clerical assistance. When visitors enter the facility, they are greeted by the receptionist who takes their admission fee, gives them a museum guide and directs them to the theater. The volunteer also answers the telephone and completes other administrative tasks. Linda Baker has been a volunteer receptionist for 10 years.

Volunteer docents

Docents guide adult tours and school field trips. They receive a volunteer training manual providing information about each of the museum galleries and the Appalachian Settlement. Once the person becomes familiar with the information, the new docent will observe staff or other volunteers leading a tour until they feel confident enough to lead a group on their own. Docents also become familiar with the the Appalachian Settlement and may walk with groups to the Settlement.

Living History Volunteers

Dressing in period clothing, they take part in History Alive programs in the Appalachian Settlement. Some have special crafts such as quilting, woodworking and weaving. These very important volunteers describe how pioneers lived during the 1840s and offers children an opportunity to peek into the past. These volunteers also provide interpretations for special events.  


Help maintain the landscape around the facility. There are two fern gardens, native plants surrounding the building and a butterfly garden. In addition, Cherokee County Master Gardeners volunteer for our Heritage Garden program which includes a Native Garden on the walking trail. A pioneer garden is located in the Appalachian Settlement and during spring Pioneer Days, these gardeners teach young children the importance of raising their own food.

Many Funk Center volunteers help with special programs such as summer camp in addition to their usual volunteer jobs. Some are both docents and living history volunteers, some offer assistance has hospitality or volunteer for special events.

volunteers camp volunteers Living history volunteer

Master Gardeners

Summer  Camp Volunteers

Living history volunteer

Below: Bob Andrew (L) and Tom McElhinny (C) are docents who provide tours for school students, adult organizations and scout groups.  William Van Buskirk (R) is a volunteer gardener dedicated to  keeping up the facility landscape.  

Bob Andrews, Heritage Center docent   docent in tool gallery  Volunteer Gardener