Volunteer Opportunities

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Our volunteers are the backbone of the Museum.  We could not open our doors to the public without their gift of time, energy and creativity.  We have many different kinds of opportunities available. Below are some of the main areas in which we need assistance.

 Tour Guides

Goal:  

To build community awareness and support for the organization by speaking to community groups, individuals, and tourists about the Museum’s history and displays.

Time Commitment

Museum tours occur year round during the week and Saturdays. Typical tour hours are between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and last one to one and half hours.

Training is done on Saturdays and supplied by existing tour guides and the museum curator.

Some flexibility is required to accommodate tour needs.

Competencies Required

Have an interest in Brandon’s history and be willing to share your interest with others.

Be willing to learn.

Be willing to take admissions and sell souvenirs as required.

Benefits

Learn or enhance your public speaking skills.

Develop or enhance your interpersonal skills, build new social networks, and get to know people in our community.

Learn or enhance your knowledge of Brandon’s history.

Feedback on your tours supplied by the museum curator.

A volunteer recognition program is supplied by the museum.

Contact

For more information contact Eileen Trott at 204-727 1722 or dalymuseum@wcgwave.ca


Gardening

Goal

To build community awareness and support for the organization through enhancement of the physical grounds and property.

Provide a venue for community activities and be a source of fundraising for the Museum.

Time Commitment

Spring (typically late April to early May) to Fall (typically late September to early October) , typically Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Friday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Time and availability can be flexible.

Some work scheduled as required to prepare for garden events.

Competencies Required

Physical labour involved, some heavy lifting, raking, sweeping, bending, kneeling required.

Have an Interest in gardening/horticulture.

Training supplied by a “Master Gardener” and an apprenticeship opportunity is available.

Be able to work outdoors.

Benefits

Learn or enhance your horticultural skills and experience.

Enhance interpersonal skills; build new social networks, and some public speaking opportunities.

Learn or enhance your knowledge of Brandon’s history.

Great opportunity for individuals or groups.

Volunteer recognition program is in place.

Contact

For more information contact Eileen Trott at 204-727 1722 or dalymuseum@wcgwave.ca


Fundraising/Special Events

  • Several dates throughout the year

There are many fundraising events throughout the year at Daly House Museum.  We have need of many volunteers to help prepare for the special event or help on the day.  Everything from setting up to serving strawberries and shortcake dressed in Victorian costume, from guiding people through the Museum. This volunteering position is ideal for people looking for sporadic or episodic volunteering.


Programming
  • Weekdays (except Mondays), September – November & January – April
  • Training provided

Help us to educate our community! This is a great opportunity for someone on a long term basis to become involved in showing school classes or seniors the wonderful artifacts and rich history that Daly House Museum can offer.  Some school programs and senior groups come to Daly House, but it would be great to have someone visit the classes on a regular basis.


Cataloguing/Inventory of Artifacts
  • Weekdays (except Mondays) September – December & January – May
  • Training is provided

Volunteers are need to assist in the preservation of the artifacts through documentation, photography, research and a variety of other tasks.


Cataloguing/Inventory of Archival Photograph and Documents
  • Weekdays (except Mondays) September – December & January – May
  • Training is provided

Daly House Museum contains the Magnacca Research Centre which contains numerous photographs and documents. Volunteers in this area mainly help with either, or both, of these tasks:

  • Scanning – images and documents that are then uploaded to the Manitoba Archival Information Network and/or entered into the Museum’s onsite database
  • Background research – on the collections, photographs or documents so that collections meet the Rules of Archival

Research

We always need people to assist us with research requests received from around the world.  You can help the curator in locating the requested information and learn much yourself!


Graphic Design/Layout

We have a quarterly newsletter that requires layout and design work, but we also need help with posters, tickets and advertisements, display panels, and exhibition design. If you have a background in graphic design, we could use your skills.


Postering

Hang up posters for events, exhibits and programs

Volunteers are called or emailed once posters are ready and they are asked to take as many as they can and to try to hang them up in appropriate places over the course of a week, as they run their typical errands.


Exhibit Design

Weekdays (except Mondays), September – December & January – May

Volunteers are needed only in the week that an exhibit is being installed or removed. Volunteers are also needed to assist with tasks such as painting, cutting wood, construction, and moving exhibits into place/packing exhibits up.


Vehicile Transportation

Occasionally, we need help moving artefacts or exhibits. Do you have a larger truck? We could really use your help.


Demo Crafts

Are you a crafter? We often have crafters demonstrate their crafts at Museum fundraisers. Perhaps you can teach or demonstrate your craft to help?


Committee Support

We have several committees that usually have a spot or two open ..

  • Daly House Auxiliary
  • Garden Committee ( the committee in charge of the Victorian Garden)
  • Volunteer/Membership Committee ( the spokespeople and coordinators for Volunteers and Museum Members)
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Programming Committee
  • Exhibit Planning Committee
  • Publicity Committee
  • Daly House Museum Board of Directors

Social Media

We need several people to help us maintain our website and update facebook and twitter and other social medial with fresh content.


Front Desk 

  • Half a day a month, either from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m,. Tuesday to Saturday, September to early June.
  • Training provided

Front desk personnel greet the public (both walk in and phone), and are the first contact for visitors to the Museum. Friendly, outgoing, and knowledgeable about the Museum, its history and its programming are the strongest assests for the front desk personnel. Other duties include casual tour guides, research, cataloguing and administrative support projects.  This is one of the most vital positions as the Museum cannot function without front desk support.

If you wish to join our team please fill out the Daly House Volunteer Application Form and submit it to Eileen Trott, Curator, either by email, in person, or mail.

 

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