Volunteers make it happen at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum!

There are a number of advantages of volunteering at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. You will have the opportunity to engage with and be a part of sharing local history. Volunteering can also allow you to explore a career field, build up a resume, or focus on a passion.

While giving back to your community, becoming a part of our Volunteer Community will allow you to participate in regular volunteer outings and trips, receive a free membership (including Time Travelers), recognition at volunteer events, an Annual Volunteer Breakfast, receive discounted gift shop items and ticket sales, and a chance to win the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Tinker Swiss Cottage has a variety of volunteer opportunities for ages 15 and up. We have flexible schedules, provide training, and do not require any prior experience!

For more information, questions, or to join our Volunteer Community:
Please contact Samantha Hochmann, Director of Education and Management Services: samantha@tinkercottage.com

Docents conduct tours of the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage. Tours include general tours, private tours, station tours, and school tours. Becoming a Docent would allow you to engage with history on a more regular basis, whether it is once a week or once a month!

Cashiers welcome visitors to the museum. They oversee admission fees and museum store purchases, along with presenting the introduction video. Like a Docent, Cashier volunteer opportunities are always open!

Special Events:
Volunteers who join us for Special Events help with set up and/or clean up. They also welcome visitors, serve refreshments, or assist with activities. Special Event opportunities occur a few times a year, such as the Fairy Tale Tea Party in the summer. These opporunities are great for those with busy schedules!

Gardeners help maintain the Victorian Rose Garden and other flowerbeds at the museum. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday from April-October is Garden Work Day, where Tinker Garden Volunteers will work with our Lead Gardener to help beautify the Tinker Grounds. However, Gardening opportunities are not limited to these days and are available throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall months!

The 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award has been presented to Megan Thorndike. 

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Megan is one of our most recent volunteers, joining our team in June after moving to Rockford in March. Megan wanted to make a difference in her new community, so she signed up to be a cashier in our Museum Gift Shop.

She quickly jumped into volunteering as both a cashier and a docent, giving tours of the Cottage two to three days a week.

In the short six months she has been with us, Megan has accumulated 128 volunteer hours! We are very thankful to have her join our fantastic group of volunteers.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email us at samantha@tinkercottage.com or visit our website at http://www.tinkercottage.com/volunteers