Do you know an individual or group who gives of themselves through volunteer work and makes Door County a better place? Nominate them today for a 2017 Golden Heart Award! All nominees will be recognized, and winners will be announced at the “feel-good event of the year,” the Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration on April 20th. In keeping with the spirit of connecting people and changing lives, award recipients will receive $500 to donate to a Door County charity of their choice. Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10th. For an online nomination form and tips for writing a successful nomination, visit

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Volunteer Center Connection


The Door County YMCA is having a Super Kid's Fun Nights at the Northern Door Program Center on Friday, March 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Kids come to the Y to enjoy swimming, dancing, gym games like soccer and dodgeball, craft activities, concessions and hanging out with all of their friends. The YMCA is looking for volunteers to help out with Admissions, Concessions, Crafts, and General Supervision Gain experience with children in a recreational setting and know that you are helping kids have a fun evening at the YMCA. Volunteers over the age of 18 are required to have a background check completed.

Boys & Girls Club of Door County

The Boys & Girls Club of Door County is looking for kitchen helpers. They serve dinner to their members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. They started these meals because some of the kids do not receive nutritious food at home, and with this basic need met their members have the ability to focus their energy on other things, like school and sports. Volunteers who have a passion for making sure no child goes hungry would be great for this position. Volunteers should arrive at about 4:30PM to assist in making sure the meal is ready, as well as packaged to be moved to their second location. Volunteers will also help serve and clean up after the meal, which would end at about 7PM or 7:30PM. Volunteers can help one, two, or three days a week, depending on scheduling. Brief orientation,and background is required of all volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Door County.

Mid Summer's Music

Midsummer’s Music holds concerts at various venues across Door County during the summer Festival, as well as at other times during the year. At most venues, seats need to be arranged properly for a chamber music concert, usually about 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the concert. Following the concert, seats need to be put back where they were prior to the concert. Most concerts begin at 7:00 pm and end around 9:00 pm, and there are a handful of matinee performances during the Festival season. During the upcoming season, there are 34 concerts from Sturgeon Bay to Ellison Bay, and they occur on weekends and weekdays. Volunteers may be asked to serve as ushers, handing out program books and addressing concertgoers with a smile. Volunteers receive complimentary tickets for the event they work, and additional complimentary tickets to another regular concert of their choosing

Ridges Sanctuary

Volunteers are the backbone of The Ridges and the core of many of their important programs. Over 150 dedicated individuals assist their staff in a number of different areas including: Nature Center Staffing – if you like to work face-to-face with people, this is the job for you! Volunteers greet and orient visitors to the Sanctuary, collect trail fees, and staff the Nature Store. You’ll learn about the Sanctuary and meet alot of interesting people. You can also be part of the Wednesday Crew - This dedicated group of men and women meets weekly throughout the year to work on a variety of projects: trail construction and maintenance, repair and upkeep of buildings and boardwalks, and many other duties necessary to keeping the Sanctuary’s properties and facilities in great shape.

Crossroads at Big Creek

Crossroads at Big Creek is always looking for volunteers. The volunteers of Crossroads call themselves Friends of Crossroads. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Collins Learning Center to plan activities and projects to benefit Crossroads. Friends contribute their time and talent by hosting events, decorating for the seasons, helping create exhibits, painting, gardening, cleaning, planting trees, removing invasive species, helping with school groups and doing mailings. Friends organize volunteers and sponsor the Community Ski Program, Crossroads Trail Run 2k,5k,10k, and Family History Day. Stop in or contact Crossroads at Big Creek to join their group of volunteers!

Ephraim Historical Foundation

Become an Ephraim Historical Foundation tour guide! The Ephraim Historical Foundation offers both electric tram tours and walking tours of Ephraim from June through October. Tours are very popular with visitors and becoming a tour guide is a great way to learn more about Ephraim while meeting new people. Tour guides must be comfortable talking in front of a group. Tram tour guides must be comfortable with and able to drive a small vehicle. Walking tour guides must be able to walk the entire tour. The Ephraim Historical Foundation also is looking for help with candy sales and greeting visitors at the Anderson Store Museum. The Museum features an old fashioned candy counter. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Ephraim and the Anderson family while meeting lots of new people. Candy Counter Helpers are needed from June-October.These volunteers should be comfortable handling money and interacting with all types of visitors.
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