Get Involved: Volunteering
Why volunteer at the Atwood House & Museum?
Volunteers are the backbone of the Chatham Historical Society and its Atwood House & Museum. They range in age and include anyone with an interest in history and a desire to share it. Volunteers are needed in virtually all aspects of the Museum's activities.
Our volunteer coordinator is:
Phone: 508-945-2493 ext. 18
Areas in need of volunteers include but are not limited to the list below. The museum provides training, support, and a flexible schedule.
Seasonal Volunteer Positions, primarily summer and fall
Volunteering projects and positions vary throughout the year. We match up your interests with what you enjoy doing the most. This is also a chance to try something new.
Year-round Volunteer Positions with flexible time-away schedule
List as of 1/1/2018.
Why Join Us?
There are many reasons why so many have chosen to spend their time at the Atwood House:
One of the main things you’ll do here at the Atwood House is make new acquaintances! There are over 100 volunteers coming and going from the AHM year-round. If you are looking to chat with new people (and make some great friends!), working in our front room as a hostess or gift shop attendant is the place for you! If you prefer a less social job, working in the Archives or conducting research may interest you more.
Are you a history buff? Interested in art or literature? The AHM offers dozens of volunteer opportunities in the archives and the costumes and textiles department where you can help uncover important pieces of Chatham’s past. Museum guides continue to tell us that they learn just as much about museum artwork and artifacts from visitors as they teach them!
Using your skills or learning new ones
Calling all artists, writers, handymen, and computer whizzes! If you have a special skill you would like to put to good use, come on down! Whatever your skill, we will most certainly have a job for you. If you enjoy learning new things, we will also train you.
We are lucky to have many teaching-oriented volunteers who develop programs such as our monthly Sunday lecture series and educational material for children. If you like teaching, we could use your help to make our department grow!
Good old-fashioned fun
If you're not interested in a regularly scheduled commitment but want to have fun for a day, we'd still love to have you! The Atwood House & Museum is getting busier and busier each year with special events. Jobs such as staffing food tables, handing out flyers, giving directions, etc. are vitally important to the success of our events. If you’re looking for a fun day of volunteering, inquire about any of our upcoming events - we would love the extra help!
While the Museum is only officially open from mid-June to mid-October, the work of the Museum and its volunteer opportunities continue behind the scenes year 'round. So... please join us any time!