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Join the division’s Volunteer Program—you’ll be glad you did!


By Rachel Wootten, volunteer coordinator, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

As volunteer coordinator, I see firsthand how the division’s Volunteer Program not only positively impacts those within the agency, but also the community at large. If you are looking for an engaging and enjoyable volunteer experience, look to the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Volunteers from Kent County Code Purple staining the entrance stairs to the John Dickinson Plantation’s mansion house during National Volunteer Week on April 13, 2015.
Volunteers from Kent County Code Purple staining the entrance stairs to the John Dickinson Plantation’s mansion house during National Volunteer Week on April 13, 2015.

One of the things that makes our Volunteer Program so unique is that it encompasses a wide variety of positions throughout the state. We currently have volunteers who work alongside our Horticulture Team assisting with outdoor maintenance; volunteers who work with our Collections, Affiliates, Research and Exhibits (CARE) Team helping to develop and install exhibits; volunteers who assist our State Historic Preservation Office in saving Delaware history; and we even have volunteers who work as interpreters at the State of Delaware’s museums including the Johnson Victrola Museum, John Dickinson Plantation and Zwaanendael Museum. Current volunteer opportunities at the division include service in museum tours, historic preservation, collections management, maintenance, special events, administration, horticulture and so much more!

Long-time volunteer Howard Fulcher conducting a public program on “Fats” Waller at the Johnson Victrola Museum on Feb. 21, 2015. Fulcher also serves on the division’s Community Engagement Committee that is developing a marketing plan for the agency.
Long-time volunteer Howard Fulcher conducting a public program on “Fats” Waller at the Johnson Victrola Museum on Feb. 21, 2015. Fulcher also serves on the division’s Community Engagement Committee that is developing a marketing plan for the agency.

Volunteer service gives you the chance to share your talents with others and learn new skills, while at the same time earning credit for internships or service hours. Volunteering for the division also provides the opportunity to make significant contributions to the preservation of Delaware’s historical and cultural legacies. Finally, volunteer service for the division provides the opportunity to meet new people and become a member of a great team, an experience I know well as a new division staff-member.

I fully understand what it means to start a new experience. At first it is daunting; however with encouragement and support it quickly becomes rewarding. As the volunteer coordinator, I am here to support and encourage you throughout your service, much like the support and encouragement I received. So come join the division’s team! You will be glad you did. I know I am.


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