There are opportunities for people with all sorts of skills and expertise to help out with Preservation Durham throughout the year. We are always looking for people to contribute to our standing committees and for occasional help in the following positions.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email us!
- Walking Tour Guides/Docents
Preservation Durham is currently offering three walking tours of the Downtown Historic District. Guide teams lead one Saturday morning tour every two to three months between April and November, totaling about 10 hours during the 8-month tour season. You can pair with a veteran tour guide or bring your own partner. Many teams are spouses or good friends who come planning to share the effort. Scripts and training are provided.
- Office Assistants
Preservation Durham’s hard-working professional staff is small, and help with office work such as copying, filing, and phone answering is always appreciated. The staff are really happy to have helpers when big mailings to our membership are in the works!
- Website Assistants
We are also looking to expand the content and improve the performance of our website. We would appreciate help from writers who are interested in Durham and its history and folks who are familiar with WordPress.
- Preservation Party Hosting/Help
Preservation Durham’s Annual Preservation Party and Fall Fundraiser has become a holiday season highlight! Join the hosting committee to help put together this fun event held in early November! Volunteers can help discover exciting donations for the raffle, arrange entertainment, or help in many other ways. The committee for this event has the most fun even before the party begins!
The Old Durham Home Tour
Our annual Home Tour takes place the last weekend in April each year. Preservation Durham needs an army of volunteers to make the tour a success! Some of the many jobs that must be done to put on a successful tour are listed below.
- Home Tour Guide/Docent
Docents guide visitors at each tour site, explaining the history of the site and providing general information about the tour. They work two-hour shifts and are trained by the House Captain. Docents are thanked with a free ticket to the Tour!
- Sponsor Outreach
We need outgoing and friendly people get our sponsors involved.
Enthusiastic people are always welcome to help sell ads for the Tour Guidebook. This is a great way to get to know local businesses and their owners.
- Tour Guidebook Design
Writers and graphic designers are needed create our guidebook, promotional flyers, Tour’s Eve Celebration invitation, and other print materials for our events.
Writers produce and distribute press releases and keep local media informed about the tour. Enthusiastic volunteers help coordinate mass mailings of tour notices and Tour’s Eve Celebration invitations.
- Overall Tour Logistics
One or two very well organized people coordinate all the physical details of the tour including signage, distribution of materials to houses, and collection of proceeds from sales on tour day.
- House Captains
Outgoing and well-organized people make great house captains! A house captain is in charge of each site on the tour and is our liaison with the homeowner, enlists and trains docents, and manages the site during the tour.