Atlanta History Center Volunteer FAQ

  1. Submit Application
  2. Form Review: A volunteer coordinator will review your application form. You will be contacted by email (or phone if you prefer) within a week to schedule an information session.
  3. Information Session: Volunteer Services Information Sessions are scheduled every other month to help potential volunteers learn more about our volunteer program. Information Sessions introduce applicants to the structure of our program, current and future openings, if any, and the type of volunteer service we need. Information sessions last between 1-2 hours and feature group interviews with our volunteer coordinator to help determine if applicants are a good match for our volunteer program.
  4. Phone Interview: If you are still interested in continuing with the application process after attending an information session, you are encouraged to reach out to the volunteer coordinator to set up a brief phone interview. This is a great opportunity to discuss in more detail your goals for volunteering, your availability, and what training looks like for specific roles in which you are interested.
  5. Online Onboarding and matching: If Volunteer Services determines an applicant will be a good match for our program, an email will be sent with information on completing the onboarding process. The onboarding process requires a background check and written compliance with our waiver of liability. While we cannot guarantee an open position immediately, we will begin to help familiarize you with staff and departments so that when a position becomes available, you will be ready to go!
  6. Orientation and Training: The type of orientation you receive is determined by the department and role in which you are assigned. It typically consists of touring the department, meeting staff and other volunteers, shadowing, etc. Generally, training takes a few weeks.
  7. ID Badge/Parking: Each volunteer is provided a temporary badge to be worn each time they volunteer (including during training). After orientation and training has been completed, volunteer services will help you set up a time to meet with security to obtain a permanent ID badge, and depending on your role, an access card. Parking is free in the parking deck.
  8. Volunteer!

What is the volunteer time commitment?

Time commitment is determined by your direct supervisor and the department for which you volunteer. To be considered “active” you will need to have volunteered within the past 6 months. If you have not volunteered and have not contacted volunteer services within this time frame, you will be transitioned to “inactive” status. Inactive means that you will be taken off the email listserv, and will not be able to sign up for opportunities. To be re-activated, you must contact volunteer services directly.

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

The minimum age to volunteer for the general volunteer program is 13 years of age.

What is the volunteer dress code?

Volunteers adhere to a business casual dress code unless otherwise stated. Volunteer badges must be worn at all times during your scheduled shift.

May I volunteer for a short time only?

Applicants who are interested in volunteering for a short time only will be accepted on a case by case basis.

Can my corporate, community, or school group volunteer?

By all means! The group leader will need to fill out the online application form, and include details regarding the group’s volunteering goals and availability in the notes section. We can offer a tailored information session and training to fit your needs.

May I shadow an employee or have direct clinical experience?

We typically reserve shadowing experiences for interns or those planning to apply for an internship, and then it is subject to staff availability. We can typically allow for 2-4 hours for a shadowing experience.

How long is an application kept on file?

Applications are stored for 1 month after they are submitted, unless you have responded to our email detailing upcoming information sessions or have extenuating circumstances (i.e. you will be moving to Atlanta in 3 months).

I need community service or court-ordered community service hours.

Because most of our opportunities require training and a background knowledge of our organization, acceptance for court ordered applicants is rare and will be determined on a case by case basis. We are happy to recommend other volunteer sites that might be a better fit.

May I volunteer in more than one area?

Yes, by all means! We will work with you to explore opportunities in other departments.

Still have questions?

For more information, please email

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