For the community’s sake Volunteer at the Museum Center
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Volunteer Pat Henley greets visitors to the Museum Center every Friday afternoon.
Volunteer Pat Henley greets visitors to the Museum Center every Friday afternoon.

The Museum Center at Five Points is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Day on Aug. 24 Those interested can drop by the museum for a special guided tour of the “River of Time” and “Generations: Cherokee Language and Art” exhibits. At the same time they can learn more about the various volunteer positions from the museum staff.

If people can not come by that day, they can call Lisa Simpson Lutts, the museum’s executive director, at 339-5745 to discuss volunteering.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new things, and give back to the community.

Several types of volunteers are needed:

A docent/receptionist is the first “face” a visitor sees upon entering the museum. Docent/receptionists greet visitors, start them on their tours, and answer the phone. They help out with clerical work as well.

Receptionists serve one of two shifts. The morning shift is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift is from 1 to 5 p.m. Volunteers can commit to as much as once a week or as little as once a month. Current shift openings are on Wednesday mornings and the third Saturday of the month. Substitute volunteers are also needed. We give extensive training for this important and fun volunteer position!

Education docents — The museum needs volunteers who like to work with children to meet the needs of its growing education program. Programs occur throughout the year and training is given in the specific program.

Programs include giving tours to students during Appalachian Days in November, helping with the Civil War Expo in February, assisting with Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp in March, and then on an as-needed basis for booked tours for our other school programs. To be an Education Volunteer you would need to be available for early morning tours Monday through Friday.

Museum Store volunteers are needed who will work one morning or afternoon in the Museum Store. Volunteers help set up displays of items and keeps things looking neat, clean and orderly. Volunteers also help operate the store while staff work on other tasks. If you have a flair for decorating, we need your help in the Museum Store.

The Museum Center at Five Points preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee. The museum hosts exhibits and education programs. The Museum Store sells Appalachian arts and crafts from the region. For more information, call 339-5745 or visit