• Volunteering With Us

    Learn about our commitment to create an environment of diverse volunteers and staff at the Center.

  • Application Requirements

    Interested in volunteering with us? Learn about our volunteer opportunities at the Center.

  • Why Volunteer With Us

    Volunteers help us to develop and grow all the while gaining a behind the scenes look at our organization.

Volunteering At The Center

It takes approximately 6,000 volunteer hours to accomplish our annual goal of bringing programs to our community that diversify our cultural landscape. Volunteers work individually or in groups, performing a variety of tasks and are needed for weekday, evening and weekend events year round.

JSAAHC is committed to creating an environment in which people of diverse backgrounds are welcome and valued. It is the Center’s objective to recruit a team of volunteers that reflects the broad constituency we strive to serve.

Volunteer opportunities are available Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 1 pm and as needed for special events. If you are interested in joining our team as a volunteer, fill out our application!

Volunteering Opportunities

Alumni Room Coffee Bar and Shop

Alumni Room volunteers are baristas with the gift of gab. They handle cash and credit card transactions, and create a welcoming environment for the Jefferson School’s diverse patrons. The Alumni Room is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will train you in all aspects of the operation and ask for a commitment of at least one two hour shift per week.

Community Guides

Community Guides are invaluable to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. They play an important role in implementing the museum’s education mission by guiding groups of all ages on a variety of tours of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center exhibitions. Training is provided. We are always accepting guide applications! Contact us to learn more.

Volunteer Greeters

Greeters welcome visitors to the Heritage Center, introduce visitors to the contemporary art gallery as well as the historical exhibit Pride Overcomes Prejudice. They are also well informed about the goings on in the City Center  The JSAAHC relies on its greeters to create a welcoming environment to all of its guests. Come help us make a difference.

Event Volunteers

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center enjoys a busy schedule of events: lectures, meetings, exhibit openings, cook-offs, and more. Volunteers are often needed at these events to ensure that they run smoothly. Event volunteers may find themselves collecting tickets, setting out hors d’oeuvres, opening bottles, or greeting visitors.

Getting the Word Out

Help us promote our events through social media, hanging posters and handing out leaflets. If you have a flare for design we could use your graphic skills as well. Your help will not only help to keep our community engaged in our work but also help to grow our community.

Setting up and Breaking Down

The Heritage Center auditorium seats as few as 28 and as many as 150–setting up and breaking down for each event can take as much as 2 hours. We also need help installing and deinstalling our temporary exhibitions. Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.

Why Volunteer With Us?

Our behind the scenes administrative departments such as exhibitions, public programs, advancement, information technology, trips and membership keep the Heritage Center running. Volunteers in these areas are granted a behind-the-scenes look at how the Heritage Center develops and grows. Volunteer opportunities are available Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 12 pm and as needed for special events.

If you are interested in joining our team as a volunteer, please fill out our application

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