By: Lindsay McNinch

In September of 2011, HCA launched a new Volunteer Program.  As the Volunteer Program’s first appearance on the division’s blog, I wanted to take this opportunity to showcase some of the benefits you may receive from volunteering with us.

Tying in with the Division’s mission to promote Delaware’s historical legacies, HCA’s Volunteer Program offers a wide range of opportunities throughout the state for those wanting to become more involved.

So why volunteer with HCA?  What’s in it for you?

Here are just a few of the many reasons to join our corps of volunteers:

Become More Actively Involved in Saving Delaware History

HCA’s volunteer program is unique in the fact that we can offer a wide range of opportunities for you to engage with the First State’s historical and cultural legacies through hands-on, valuable volunteer work!

Have a passion for the First State’s history?

Become a Historic Site Docent at one of our six museums state wide!

Are you detailed oriented and enjoy working in an office setting?

Volunteer as an Administrative Assistant in our main office located in Dover!

Volunteers help plant trees at the Historic Hale Byrnes House in November.

Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a passion for gardening?

Assist our Horticulture Team with landscaping and invasive species removal!

Interested in archaeology and looking for valuable hands-on opportunities that may provide basic training?

Support our Preservation Team with lab and field work!

We also offer opportunities to work with our Preservation Maintenance and Collections, Affiliates, Research, and Exhibits (CARE) teams as well as within our State Historic Preservation Office.

Whatever your interests may be, we have an opportunity for you to become more involved.








Volunteers with Bank of America help polish silverware at Buena Vista in preparation for an open house.











Earn Volunteer Credit for School, Employment, and Extracurricular Organizations

Is your organization looking to fulfill a service requirement?

Our Division welcomes students, clubs, and corporate groups who seek volunteer opportunities to complete for their organizations or to fulfill the Delaware Volunteer Credit Program.

Share Your Talents and Learn New Skills!

Interested in learning something new? Looking to further develop professional skills?

What better way to accomplish those goals than to volunteer!

No matter your area of interest, volunteering with HCA can provide you with valuable training and experience that can last a lifetime. As an HCA volunteer, you have the opportunity to share your passions and talents with our visitors, staff, and other volunteers while continuing your education and learning about your community’s history.

These are the “big-picture” benefits of becoming a part of the HCA family, but there are many more personalized rewards that we all gain along the way that we make sure to share through annual recognition events.

HCA Volunteers are joined by Division Director Tim Slavin and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock at a 2011 Recognition Event



Whether it is important to you to become more involved in your community, share your passion for the First State, or to develop, share, and/or expand your talents, we appreciate our volunteers for the time and valuable work that they put into Saving Delaware History!

To learn more about what volunteer opportunities our Division has to offer, don’t hesitate to contact me – Lindsay McNinch, Volunteer Services Coordinator – at (302) 736-7411 or at

Keep an eye out for some exciting volunteer opportunities happening through HCA during Delaware Week of Service, April 15th-21st 2012!