Volunteering Benefits You, Billy Bishop Home, and our Community!
Volunteering is a challenging and rewarding experience, but the benefits extends to our entire community, schools, and visitors from across Canada and around the world! Billy Bishop Home benefits from your energy and interest in preserving our history, presenting unique programs, and as that vital link to everyone who passes through the museum. There are also benefits for you, a chance to meet new people, share your knowledge, experience, and/or skills that were essential to Victorian and Canadian military life. You can also learn new skills, and have access to unique behind-the-scenes opportunities. All that, and an enjoyable time while working with our friendly energetic staff.
We Need You!
Volunteers are essential to the museum's success. We count on our volunteers to give just a little of their time and experience to the museum. If you are interested in learning more about the museum, working with the public or working behind the scenes we offer a variety of important tasks. A few times a month or a few times a year, whatever time you can give will contribute to the quality of life in your community.
ONGOING VOLUNTEER NEEDS
Costume Assistants will sew identified pieces of clothing or textile materials necessary for the interpretive costume program. Costumes are selected and constructed to replicate authentic historical fashions. Historic costumes are an integral component of the interpretive program for the Museum.
We are seeking knowledgeable Heritage Gardeners with prior experience planting and maintaining the Victorian flower. Our gardens are being restored to an authentic environment for the interpretation and display of Victorian times when Billy in the house, and the Billy Bishop Family called it home.
Workshop Leaders and/or Speakers
Do you have a traditional skill that you would like to share with the community through a workshop, presentation, or as part of our speaker series, or as part of an educational tour? We'd love to hear from you!
Museum Docent (Museum Interpreter)
Museum docents will provide interpretive services to Museum visitors, school groups and/or educational tours for adult groups by sharing information and stories about the exhibits and displays at the museums. During Victorian Christmas (November & December) we require museum docents to do a five minute vignette as a maid to school groups and tours.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to complete their volunteer hours, while accumulating valuable skill sets and experience that can help to build your resume or cv if you are thinking of pursuing: museum studies, history, education, business, andthropology, archaeology, horticulture/agriculture, visual arts, writing, design, and more.
Gift Shop Coordinators
The Gift Shop Inventory Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Office Manager in all aspects of the Gift shop inventory for Billy Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site.
Building & Maintenance Helpers
The Building and Maintenance helpers are to assist museum staff with carpentry and maintenance work as required at the Billy Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site.
The Membership Assistant is responsible for assisting the Office Manager in administering all aspects of Museum Memberships for Billy Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site including data entry and mailing.
The Reception volunteer position is responsible for assisting the Museum Staff with reception tasks and in managing all aspects of the Visitor Experience for Billy Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site.
Special Events Assistants
Special events volunteers facilitate Bishop Home's special events and activities, both on- and off-site. They would assist the Special Events and Fundraising Coordinator in specific duties at a special event for Billy Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site.
Special Event Committee Members
Special Event Committee Members are to assist the Special Events and Fundraising Coordinator in planning and implementing special events for Bishop Home. There is a variety of special events that Bishop Home partakes in.
Victorian Christmas Decorating Assistants
To assist in decorating Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site in Victorian style decorations for Christmas in November and take them down in January.
Collection Registrar Assistants
The Collection Register Assistant will assist the Curator of Collections in maintaining the collection, data information, and research for Billy Bishop Home: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site.
Summer programs/bookings, assist summer staff with bookings from day camps and day cares in the summer (tours and activities at either museum), Compile mailings to schools in the spring and fall, Compile mailings to specialty groups about events (ex packages to day cares and day camps regarding our summer activities; flyers to rail contacts about April lectures), Delivering summer activities flyer to Owen Sound schools in June, Delivering flyers for events/ workshops/ lectures, Set up and clean up from Victorian tea parties.
Volunteers come in many different forms, and we are thankful for all of your efforts!
For any questions you may have, or to discuss how you would like to volunteer please contact Diane Sprung