Sandcastles volunteers make families feel welcome and keep the museum in top condition every day it is open. All of these wonderful people continue to make Sandcastles a fantastic destination for children and their families!
Sandcastles would not be a possibility without volunteers! We have over 100 wonderful, active Sandcastles volunteers. However, as we have grown and become a favorite destination for families, we have found that we are always looking for even more volunteers! It is a chance to "give back to the community," use your skills, meet new people, and make a difference in children's lives. You can volunteer for one hour, one day, one week, a day a week, whatever works for you.
Volunteers for Museum Hours: Spring Break, Spring/Summer, and Fall/Winter 2013
Volunteer Coordinator Darlene Ponko schedules volunteers to work during museum hours. Volunteers work with the hired staff. They interact with children, sweep the floor, organize materials, and do whatever needs to be done.
In addition to volunteers, there are two paid employees working at all times during the summer. There are 3 shifts per day. The early shift volunteer help open the museum, and the last shift volunteer will help close.
Name your own schedule! Some volunteers like coming once per week on the same day. Others work every other week. More than one volunteer is needed for morning there is a special program scheduled. Fridays and Saturdays are the most difficult days to fill. We will also need help in the evening on one or more Friday Night Live dates.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
- Work to set up Sandcastles for each new season (exhibit work sessions are Jan.-mid May. Volunteers assist in building, painting, rearranging, and maintaining exhibits prior to our spring opening. Work times are flexible. Call 231-845-5703
- Work as a Museum Volunteer during open hours. Call 231-843-3323
- Work as a Discovery Guide. If you are in 5th grade or higher, you can be a Discovery Guide. Discovery Guides help in a variety of ways by working with the children, putting items in their proper places, preparing for art projects, or telling visitors about Sandcastles. Call Sandcastles if you would like to be a Discovery Guide! Call 231-233-9326
- Join a committee for fund-raising, writing grants, publicity, organizing special events, etc. The board has several committees, including Fund Rising, Grant Writing, Exhibits, and Publicity. To volunteer for a committee, talk to any board member or call Kristin Korendyke at 690-6735 or email email@example.com.
Please consider becoming a volunteer for Sandcastles!!
Sandcastles' Volunteers honored for Community Service
From a large field of worthy individuals and organizations, the Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce chose the Sandcastles Volunteers as the recipients of the 2010 Community Service Award. The Sandcastles Board is delighted that our 125+ volunteers have been recognized not only for their many hours of hard work but also for their commitment to the community. In late 2010 and early 2011, over 125 volunteers tore down, built up, filled dumpsters, cleaned, painted, cooked, helped us raise money, and much more. Some contributions are evident in the museum –like renovated exhibits, recovered furniture, or brightly painted walls. Others are behind the scenes —like packing and moving boxes, hauling wood to the dumpsters, or cleaning and repairing costumes.