Welcome to the Montana Heritage Commission's Volunteer Program. Volunteers are a critical part of the Montana Heritage Commission team. Our Volunteers work with all programs including: Historic Building Preservation, Archaeology, Artifacts/Collections, Site Maintenance, Reeder's Alley, Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad, History Camp and Interpretation. Volunteers are matched with jobs that fit the individual's interest, skills and abilities, and the needs of the commission. Last year our volunteers donated 15, 532 hours of service to projects in the Alder Gulch Area. Volunteers in Virginia and Nevada City have become key players in the preservation of our local and national heritage.
Our volunteer's are not just limited to individual service, but often include special interest service groups, such as Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec, Elderhostel, Montana Youth Challenge, Soroptomists, Americorps, as well as groups of individuals and families. Volunteers with the Heritage Commission are eligible for the prestigious national honor of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Our docents are welcome at the Montana Heritage Commission's many functions, and are honored at an annual awards ceremony for services rendered.
Why should you volunteer? Volunteers offer a part of themselves--of their time, energy, skills and abilities. They give not only to their families, friends, and community, but also to future generations of Montanan's. Giving is a great reason to volunteer. Our volunteers have told us that they gain a deep sense of self-fullfillment, and a feeling that they have really made a difference. Volunteers also learn a great deal through their service. They gain self confidence, discover hidden strengths and talents, and expand their social circle of friends. Some people volunteer seeking to develop job skills, gain work experience, explore career options, and develop a stronger resume. And, many volunteer just because they love Virginia City, Nevada City and Reeder's Alley. One volunteer said it well when she announced, "this place just gets under your fingernails. It's hard to leave!" That’s the thing about volunteering. You get as much out of it as you put into it! And often, you get a whole lot more.
If you would like to volunteer for the Montana Heritage Commission contact Volunteer Coordinator Dan Thyer at (406) 843-5247 ext. 206, or email email@example.com.