Helping to Make Things Happen
Volunteer Form (printer-friendly)
Volunteers are what make the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center run smoothly. Whether out front at the welcome desk, checking in stock, creating interesting window displays, installing an exhibit or planning and running special events, the Center could not function without volunteers. They bring a wide range of skills and knowledge about our community to help make visitors feel welcome. We are indeed fortunate to have this large, generous group of men and women from all parts of the Highlands. Volunteers choose how much and when they can work. It’s a great group and many have made new friends through their work for the Center- hope you get to meet them soon!
There are some basic categories of volunteer life: Front line staff, which includes Cashiers, Docents and Shop Managers: Cashiers welcome guests, encourage them to sign the guest book, offer them bits of information about the current exhibit or other activities in the area. They also ring up and maintain sales records, memberships, classes and other events and answer the phone. Docents help in the Center Shop, share information about exhibits and artists whose work is found at the Center, and steer visitors to other attractions and answer questions. Shop Managers accept work from artists and crafts people for the shop, processing for tags and labels and displaying on the shelves and walls for visitors to enjoy. They often help out as cashier and Docents as needed. We even have three volunteers who schedule all these fine folks!
Special Project volunteers work on fundraising events such as the Art of Chocolate Festival, Game Night in the Gallery, or Champagne, Chocolate and Diamonds. They also help with educational activities from scheduling classes to the Artist in Education Residency reception to providing art activities at other events in the Highlands.
Another group of volunteers enjoy working to help install and light the changing exhibits. Still others like to work behind the scenes, serving on our Board of Directors or keeping equipment and the building running smoothly.
We have many volunteers who work tirelessly all year round. Some are long time residents; others are newcomers to the Highlands- a great way to get acquainted! Many have learned new skills or shared what they know with us, helping us find ways to do things better. They must enjoy it because while there is plenty of work to be done, there is usually a fair amount of laughter coming from those who make it happen.