The generosity and efforts of our valued volunteers are integral to the ongoing operation of MCHA and its many programs. Volunteers fill a wide variety of roles and opportunities are available to suit multiple interests, time and skill levels. MCHA continuously recruits new volunteers throughout the year.
Museum: Contact Director of Collections Bernadette Rogoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Library and Archives: Contact Archivist Dana Howell at email@example.com
Education / School Program Volunteers
Help introduce a new generation of students to the fun and fascinating world of history! A background in education or drama is preferred, but all are welcome! Covenhoven House conducts school programs for 3rd and 4th graders, where we focus on Colonial America and the Revolution. Costumes for this program are provided from our fabulous reproduction wardrobe! We do not use costumes for our Marlpit Hall program, which focuses on the history of slavery in New Jersey. Marlpit Hall receives students grades 3-12, and is a highly rated student experience for all.
Historic House Docent
Volunteers are needed to staff each of the five Historic House Museums during the summer season, from the beginning of May to the end of September on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-4pm. Period clothing is not required, but you can certainly wear it if you like!
Training and support are provided for these positions.
Docents staff the Freehold Museum by greeting visitors, giving tours and processing admissions. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts; the current available shifts are from 1-4 Fridays through Sundays. Orientation and instruction for gallery exhibition tours is provided.
MCHA serves a diverse population and has a special need for volunteers who can deliver programs for non-English speaking for visitors. Currently there is a need for volunteers fluent in Spanish.
Property and Program Event Volunteers
Program Event Volunteers
Ideal for volunteers with more limited availability, these positions include assisting with events such as Wool Days, Weekend in Old Monmouth, Open Hearth-Open House events and Lantern Tours. Relevant training is provided and roles incorporating period clothing are available.
MCHA is always honored to collaborate with Eagle Scout candidates in reaching their goal. The Association staff can consult with Scouts to identify appropriate and interesting potential projects at one of the five historic properties around the county and help to facilitate successful results.
Historic House Gardens
Each historic house is enhanced with a garden and the Association welcomes local community garden clubs as well as individuals interested in showcasing their talents while heightening the beauty of these historic treasures.
MCHA is always excited to collaborate with corporate groups who are interested in volunteering their time. The Association staff can consult with company representatives to identify appropriate and interesting potential projects at one of the five historic properties around the county and help to facilitate successful results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a specific time commitment required to volunteer?
Volunteer hours are at your discretion and contingent on the projects that interest you, ranging from once or twice a year to every week. The Association staff is flexible and willing to work with your schedule to find the ideal situation for each volunteer.
What if I have limited knowledge of history? Can I still volunteer?
Yes! There is always a need for individuals with a variety of skills. A warm, friendly demeanor and keen interest are often the most crucial skills required to volunteer. Training is provided for all programs, exhibits, and positions before and during your volunteer time with MCHA. The staff will also work with you to match your skills with an appropriate position.
What are the benefits of volunteering with MCHA?
By volunteering, you are giving a gift of your time, your effort, and your commitment to the Monmouth County Historical Association. As part of MCHA’s volunteer staff, you will have the opportunity to present and educate visitors on the history of our area. In turn, with ongoing training and support, you will learn about a diverse number of subjects. In addition, volunteering offers you the opportunity to meet interesting people from all parts of the county who share your volunteer passion and interest as well as the nation and even the world through the visitors you will serve. MCHA honors its volunteers each year with an appreciation event and gifts. Students can also gain valuable experience and service hours through volunteer assignments.
Why do you need my help?
MCHA operates with a very small staff and a limited budget. Without our volunteers, much of what we do would be impossible to achieve. Your gift of time and effort to us allows the organization to grow and expand our mission into the community.
How can I get more information?
For school programs, email Barbara Mammmen at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other opportunites, email Tom Ballard at email@example.com