Thanking VHS Volunteers During National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15–21), organizations across the country will recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.
The Volunteer Guild at the Virginia Historical Society was started in 1989 by former trustee Martin Kirwan King and his wife, Tish. Currently, we have eighty volunteers who contributed over 5,000 hours of service to the VHS last year. Volunteers work in all areas of the VHS, including gardening at Virginia House, giving tours to school children at the society, stuffing envelopes and working on mailings for the Advancement Office, and working in the museum shop.
Our volunteers are a dedicated group. They often stay late, come in on weekends, and help out with whatever task that needs to be done. We have volunteers who have been coming in weekly for the past twenty years! It’s not always easy to bring in new volunteers because none of ours ever leave—which is a good problem to have.
Our volunteers are vital to our success. Their efforts make it possible for us to offer the finest programs, tours, and collections to our visitors. They are a wonderful group of people whose experiences and talents have helped the Virginia Historical Society become the success it is today.
Over the next month, we have some volunteers who are going to share their stories. They all work in different areas of the museum and do very different types of jobs. I think you will enjoy getting to know them.
So, to all our volunteers, let me say THANK YOU!! You are the best and we appreciate you everyday.
Dana Fariss is the Institutional Advancement Research Analyst at the Virginia Historical Society. She also serves as volunteer coordinator.