Atlanta History Center has many areas available for volunteers to work with the public or behind-the-scenes, from special events to maintaining beautiful gardens to helping lead tours through our historic houses and exhibitions.
Our Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party takes place annually during the holiday season as a catered dinner that is intended to recognize volunteers’ dedication to the AHC experience. This event recognizes hours served and identifies volunteers with certificates of appreciation and gifts.
Volunteer Appreciation Week is a nationally recognized week in April for organizations and nonprofits alike to express appreciation for their volunteers. In order to recognize our volunteers, we will coordinate efforts throughout the week to celebrate, including a catered event, a token of appreciation, and highlights of particular volunteers through outreach activities.
- After the first 25 hours of volunteering, volunteer will receive 2 free guest passes
- After the first 25 hours, volunteer receives 2 free guest passes every 50 hour mark (ex. 75, 125, 175) up to 200 hours.
- After 100 hours, volunteer receives a gift card to Souper Jenny or BRASH Coffee
- After 200 hours, volunteer receives 2 tickets to History After Hours
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The application period for our Junior Interpreter and Youth Ambassador programs will open on February 14, 2023 for the 2023–2024 program.
The Youth Ambassador Program is a unique “education through service” program designed to attract a dynamic service-oriented group of young people who have an interest in helping Atlanta History Center and engaging their community. Youth Ambassadors will gain experience in administration, guest services, curation, public history programs, and much more. The program is open to 9–12th grade students (ages 15–19).
Junior Interpreters assist with the implementation of living history interpretation and related activities during daily operations and programs at the historic houses. Junior Interpreters should be comfortable with public speaking, interacting with the public, be outgoing, flexible, and eager to learn. During May through September, the Junior Interpreters spend two days a month at the historic houses and present informative content to varied audiences using interpretive techniques that they will be trained. During the months of October through March, Junior Interpreters spend one day a month at the historic houses and also commit time to a research project on a historical topic of their choice. Throughout this time Junior Interpreters are taught best research practices and presentation methods. There is a final presentation date at the end of March for Junior Interpreters to share their research with staff, friends, and family.
Summer Camp. Junior Counselors.
Our Summer Camp Junior Counselor program gives students, ages 13–18, the opportunity to assist experienced camp counselors with our History Camps at our main campus in Buckhead. This program also allows students, ages 16–18, the opportunity to assist experienced camp counselors with our Writing Camps. Students will help with day-to-day operations, including preparing snacks, setting up activities, and assisting with games, and have a chance to work with Atlanta History Center’s education staff to create a fun environment for young campers.
We accept volunteer applications throughout the year and onboard new volunteers on an as-needed basis; please check back for more information.
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.
Volunteers adhere to a business casual dress code unless otherwise stated. Volunteer badges must be worn at all times during your scheduled shift.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Yes, by all means! We will work with you to explore opportunities in other departments.
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