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Group Service Projects

100_5979The Virginia Living Museum encourages community support in the form of volunteer service projects and attempts to coordinate volunteer days with interested groups whenever possible. If your organization has a group that would like to help our staff complete projects on a volunteer service basis, please submit a request from (see below).

Potential projects can be physically challenging, such as helping to keep the Museum grounds healthy by removing invasive plants or removing debris natural areas such as the lake. Less physical work may include stuffing envelopes or cutting crafts for children’s classes. We also have special events throughout the year where volunteers interact with Museum guests at craft and activities tables.

Requests may take 7-10 business days to process and as such we request applications be submitted 30 days in advance. Please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate every request. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.

There are no group opportunities that involve working directly with animals, school group classes or exhibit interpretation. We do welcome individual applications for these positions.


Available Group Projects

Grounds Keeping

2-4 hrs, ages 15 and up (group of at least 2-4 people)
Weeding individual display gardens. Must be able to bend, stoop and kneel, be willing to get clothing soiled, must bring own garden gloves.
Pick from Tuesday – Friday from 9am-1pm or 1-4pm.

Deck Replacement

Replacing boards on back deck with Trex decking.
Age requirements: Adults only
# of volunteers: 6-8 volunteers
Requirements: volunteers with carpentry skills; knowledge of circular saws and other hand tools
Dates/times project is available: to be arranged with mutually agreeable time in conjunction with maintenance department; weather dependent

Interior Painting

Stairwell painting: help repaint an interior stairwell.
Age requirements: 16+ – minimum of 3 adults w/ group
# of volunteers: up to 10
Requirements: neat and tidy painters only!
Dates/times project is available: to be arranged with mutually agreeable time in conjunction with maintenance department

Exterior Painting

Exterior fence painting: help re-paint outside fence that is located near the Changing Exhibits gallery
Age requirements: 16+ – minimum of 4 adults w/ group
# of volunteers: up to 15
Requirements: neat and tidy painters
Dates/times project is available: to be arranged with mutually agreeable time in conjunction with maintenance department; weather dependent

Fencing Enhancement

Add “shade cloth” to sections of fencing on the property
Age requirements: Adults only
# of volunteers: 6
Requirements: no special requirements
Dates/times project is available: to be arranged with mutually agreeable time in conjunction with maintenance department; weather dependent

Mulching

Rake leaves and mulch in the red wolf enclosure.  Bring pitchforks, gloves and shovels. This project available approximately 2 to 3 times a year.  Must be arranged in advance and be done on a weekday morning 8-11am.
# of volunteers: 4-6

Night of the Living Museum

October 29, 2016 from 4-8:15pm (4-10 people)
Interacting with Museum guests and helping children with their craft projects, direct outdoor and indoor games and activities with the Spider Lady and in the Pumpkin Patch for all ages during the event. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under – costumes and make-up must be family friendly! Ages 15+ only.

Noon Years Eve

December 31, 2016 from 10:45am to about 1:30pm (tentative times)
D
aytime event for children to celebrate the countdown to 12 noon. Volunteers will be at various activity stations or crafts.  Group of up to 10.  Ages 15+ only.

Wish List Items

Collect items on the Museum’s Wish List. The Museum recycles Capri Sun Juice pouches and cell phones. Newspapers (no glossy pages),  plastic newspaper sleeves and towels (no holes) are used by the Curatorial Department. Please arrange drop-off in advance with the Volunteer Services Department.

Keep checking this page for updated project availability!


Group Volunteer Policies

Groups interested in volunteering at the Virginia Living Museum adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Volunteers must be 15 years or older. Occasionally, some projects may accommodate younger participants. Certain special events require volunteers to be at least 21 years of age.
  • For volunteers under the age of 18, the group must provide one adult chaperone to every 5 youths.
  • Group volunteers must identify a group coordinator who is responsible for the safety and well-being of group members including providing the coordination and supervision for the group while volunteering.
  • It is the responsibility of the group coordinator to obtain a signed parental consent form for group members under the age of 18, which must be on file with the group coordinator. Organizational forms may be used.
  • The group understands that they will not receive any monetary compensation for their volunteer services.
  • Volunteers cannot take photographs or video images of any area behind-the-scenes or not accessible to the general public without consent of a Museum Manager. If given permission to take media images behind-the-scenes, volunteers may not share those images via social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram.
  • Groups must adhere to the Museum’s dress code while on duty.  Details will be provided after sign up.

Group Service Project Applications

Complete our online form or complete and email the Word document.

Group Service Project Request (doc)

Group Project Request online