Volunteer

 

The staff and trustees of Historic Charleston Foundation are grateful to the more than 650 enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who support the Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Foundation’s largest fundraising effort, each year.

The 68th Festival of Houses and Gardens will take place from March 19 through April 19, 2015. This event provides both visitors and volunteers with the rare opportunity to explore the private gardens and interiors of some of the finest residences in America, and proceeds support the Foundation’s preservation programs.

You may sign-up online to express your interest in volunteering, and we will email you to alert you when online signup for the 2015 Festival of Houses and Gardens is open.

If you have questions, please contact, Liz Caldbeck, Communications and Volunteer Coordinator, 843-723-8292.

Festival of Houses and Gardens, Charleston Antiques Show & more!

Volunteer Roles:

  • Festival Docent: Briefly tell visitors about the history and decorative arts in the room to which you are assigned using materials provided by the Foundation.
  • Festival Garden Docent: Briefly tell visitors about the plants and design found in a specific garden using materials provided by the Foundation.  Garden Docents are needed for all afternoon and evening tours, as well as for Glorious Gardens.
  • Festival Senior Docent: Call homeowners to arrange a pre-tour visit and coordinate volunteers at your site. Greet visitors as they arrive at your site on tour day. Give them an overview of the site’s history using materials provided by the Foundation.
  • Festival Street Marshal: Assist visitors with directions and information along tour routes. Marshals are needed for all tours, including Glorious Gardens.
  • Festival Senior Street Marshal: Coordinate Street Marshals before and during the tour.
  • Festival Reception Host/Hostess (Glorious Gardens tours only): Pour wine and lemonade for visitors during the garden receptions. Spaces are extremely limited and will be assigned on a first-received basis.
  • Charleston Antiques Show volunteers are needed to welcome guests and provide directional assistance. 
  • Volunteers are always needed in various roles throughout the year, from helping with day-to-day administrative tasks to assisting in other annual events. 

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Landmarks Pass: A temporary pass to numerous local historic sites will be mailed to you with your tour assignment confirmation in February. The Landmarks Pass will be valid from Saturday, March 1, through Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
  • 20% Discount at The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation: Receive your discount from March 1 through April 30, 2014, using your Landmarks Pass as identification, at The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting Street.
  • Walking Tour of Historic District: Sign up during one of the Volunteer Training and Assignment Distribution meetings (see information below) to take a complimentary guided walking tour of the Old and Historic District in March 2014.
  • Annual Pass to the Aiken-Rhett and Nathaniel Russell House Museums: A pass for you and a guest through February 2015 will be mailed to you after the festival.
  • Exclusive Invitation to Spring Lecture: Topics relate to the Festival of Houses and Gardens, and subjects have included history, architecture, decorative arts and garden design.
  • Complimentary Festival Ticket: a free festival ticket good for any of the Festival of Houses and Gardens afternoon and evening house and garden tours, including Glorious Gardens. Free tickets are not available for Oyster Roasts; Harbor Cruises; musical events; Morning History Walks; Luncheon Lectures; the Eat and Run series; Charleston Antiques Show events;  and other special events. You must volunteer for both dates of one tour to qualify for a free ticket. You will receive one free ticket for every tour (two dates) you work.

Benefits for Senior Positions:

  • Senior docents and senior street marshals will receive two complimentary festival tickets for working both dates of one tour! In addition, receive an invitation to a reception at the CSOL Designer Showhouse.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Attend Training & Assignment Distribution: All volunteers should plan to attend a one-hour training session. Please attend one training date of the two listed: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6-7 p.m. or Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6-7 p.m., and both dates are to be held at The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston.

Museum Volunteers:

  • Volunteer docent positions occasionally open at our two house museums, the Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House. If you are looking for an ongoing, year-round volunteer opportunity, contact the Museum Manager at, 843-805-6735 for more information. 
     

Sign-Up to Volunteer!

Preserve & Protect

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. More>

Contact Us

Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1623

Spring Festival and Antiques Show Ticket Office (Opens Nov. 1, 2015):
108 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-3405
 

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