Volunteer

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Opportunities


Below are current volunteer opportunities with the Woodbury Heritage Society. If you'd like to learn more about volunteering with the WHS, please contact Wayne Schilling at wayneoschi@gmail.com or call (612) 790-2388.

Collections Data Entry Assistant


Purpose: The Collections Data Entry Assistant serves to enter the scanned documents into the Past Perfect Museum Software data collection software.

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Location: The Collections Data Entry Assistant works in the Woodbury Heritage Society Office now located in the Woodbury City Hall. In the near future the office will be moved to the Public Works Building located at 2301 Tower Drive.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accurately enter the document collection numbers into Past Perfect Museum Software
  • Proofread printed copies
  • Assist researchers in locating documents
  • Prepare correspondence as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

This position reports to the Woodbury Heritage Society Office Manager

Time Commitment: One day per week - Wednesday afternoon, flexible hours at home possible. Minimum of three months.

Qualifications Basic knowledge of computer and data entry. Pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided

Age Requirement: None

Dress Code: Casual

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Heritage House Gardener


Purpose: The Heritage House Gardener serves as the person in-charge of the garden on the grounds of the Heritage House.

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Location: Radio Drive at Lake Road in Woodbury

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and plant as needed, based on the themes of the garden
  • Trim shrubs and cultivate garden
  • Clean ground using rakes, brooms and hose
  • Prepare garden for winter at end of season
  • Other duties as assigned

This position reports to the Woodbury Heritage Society President

Time Commitment: Flexible as depending on season

Qualifications Good knowledge of plants and vegetables. Knowledge of organic gardening methods and techniques. Pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided by the previous gardener volunteer

Age Requirement: None

Dress Code: Casual

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Newsletter Writer/Editor


Purpose: Publish a quarterly newsletter (Heritage Happenings) to share information, maintain visibility and gain support for the Woodbury Heritage Society.

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Location: Home and/or WHS office

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collect and edit articles for newsletter; and write articles as needed
  • Design newsletter layout
  • Follow library policies and maintain learner confidentiality
  • Meet print or email blast deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned

This position reports to the Woodbury Heritage Society President

Time Commitment: As required by task, Minimum of four months

Qualifications Basic knowledge of computer and publishing software (Publisher or equivalent). Pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided by the previous newsletter editors

Age Requirement: None

Dress Code: N/A

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Heritage House Docent: Open House and School Visits


Purpose: A docent is a creative, imaginative, enthusiastic individual who provides interpretive services to visitors. This includes hosting Sunday Open House in the summer and School tours in September.

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Location: Radio Drive at Lake Road in Woodbury

Key Responsibilities:
Summer:

  • Serve as a host on bimonthly Sunday afternoon open houses
  • Function as interpreter of the museum's history and artifacts
  • Be an "ambassador" for the Woodbury Heritage Society

September (School Visits):

  • Greet and serve as a tour guide for elementary school classes
  • Function as interpreter of the museum's history and artifacts
  • Work with schools in scheduling field trips
  • Arrange for other members to be present to explain outdoor artifacts

This position reports to the Woodbury Heritage Society President

Time Commitment:
Summer: The Woodbury Heritage House is open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of the month, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June - September
September (School Visits): School class visits are usually one hour in length. The class is supervised by their teacher and typically several other adults.

Qualifications Like working with adults and children, pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided by members

Age Requirement: Over 18 years of age

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Heritage House Handy Person


Purpose: The Heritage House Handy Person serves as the person in-charge of maintaining the Heritage House and grounds (excluding the gardens).

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Location: Radio Drive at Lake Road in Woodbury. This property covers approximately 10,000 Square feet, about the size of a small city lot.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Minor painting and carpentry work in and around the house
  • Minor tree and shrub trimming and general tidying of the grounds
  • May include weed whipping along fence line and around memorial stones
  • Small step ladder work, no high ladder work will be required
  • Other duties as assigned

This position reports to the Woodbury Heritage Society Treasurer

Time Commitment: Flexible, depending on season

Qualifications Ability to use hand tools for minor repairs and perform touch-up painting skills

Support: Woodbury Heritage Society Treasurer will provide guidance as needed

Age Requirement: None

Dress Code: Casual

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COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES

Campaign Planning Committee


Purpose: The committee will set the standard for the entire capital campaign. Committee's key role will be to design and develop the campaign plan.

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Key Responsibility:

  • Review the campaign goal and timeline, the gift chart, and the case for support
  • Assist with development of the donor recognition plan
  • Review donor lists

This position reports to Fundraising Chair

Time Commitment: Monthly meeting

Support: Training for this position will be provided by Fundraising Chair


For more detailed information contact: Joyce at joyce_flynn@msn.com

Fundraising Committee


Purpose: The fundraising committee will raise contributions of money or other resources, for sufficient capital to restore the Miller Barn for multi-use of the barn to celebrate our community's heritage, to educate young and old on the history of those families and peoples who founded the community.

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Key Responsibility:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of a fundraising plan
  • Carry out an annual giving campaign by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies
  • Research and write grants

This position reports to Fundraising Chair

Time Commitment: Monthly meeting

Support: Training for this position will be provided by Fundraising Chair


For more detailed information contact: Joyce at joyce_flynn@msn.com

Events Committee


Purpose: The Events Committee's goal is to design and implement "friend-raiser" events to kick off campaigns and mark successes of the Save the Miller Barn efforts.

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Key Responsibility:

  • Hold a capital campaign kickoff event
  • Hold a "goal met" event
  • Hold events in collaboration with the Fundraising Committee
  • Recruit task groups for each event

This position reports to Fundraising Chair

Time Commitment: As the barn project evolves and events are held, the tasks will become more detailed

Support: Training for this position will be provided by Fundraising Chair


For more detailed information contact: Joyce at joyce_flynn@msn.com

Communications Committee


Purpose: The Communication Committee's goal is to clearly communicate and actively share the Save the Miller Barn mission and outcomes to internal and external audiences through talks, video, newsletters, the web site, media, and strategic partners.

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of a comprehensive communications plan
  • Develop communication tool kit
  • Send communications electronically
  • Assist with creation of fund development campaign materials
  • Assist with creation of marketing materials, Q&A document, and key statements/talking points

This position reports to Fundraising Chair

Time Commitment:As the barn project evolves and events are held, the tasks will become more detailed

Support: Training for this position will be provided by Fundraising Chair


For more detailed information contact: Joyce at joyce_flynn@msn.com

Fun, Exciting and Significant event to help Save the Miller Barn!


Host a fundraising event and have the proceeds benefit the Save the Miller Barn project. Put together a house party that brings in plenty of donations while showing guests a great time!

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Throwing a Fundraising House Party? Here's What You Need to Know:
If you're looking to raise money for a good cause without the extravagance of a full-on gala, having a house party can be great as a simpler, more intimate alternative. Held in someone's home, a fundraising house party can help you raise thousands of dollars within just a couple of short hours.

What are the key ingredients for a successful house party?
A good house party does not require a large or luxurious house as its venue; what it does require is an enthusiastic host who cares about a good cause that will help the community.

Who are the most effective hosts? They will be:

  • Eager to open up their home to their guests
  • Willing to invite their friends and relatives to the party
  • Ready to make all of the attendees feel comfortable

The Miller Barn structure is vulnerable to deterioration from the elements and to potential demolition in the face of development of their surrounding property. It is imperative to preserve this barn and surrounding acreage as one of the cornerstone structures for the Woodbury Community.


If interested in helping in a fun way to help save an important landmark, contact Joyce at joyce_flynn@msn.com for a party packet on "How to host a Miller Barn house party."