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

Local non-profit organizations—don’t forget to contact the Volunteer Center with your volunteer needs, we are here to help you get the word out!

Volunteer Center Connection

Peninsula Music Festival

Consider this your official invitation to join the team of Ushers and Parking Attendants for the 2017 Peninsula Music Festival. Beginning August 1st, a season of amazing concerts by a professional symphony orchestra is held at the Door Community Auditorium. Assist patrons to their assigned seats before the concert, and after intermission, and assist with post-concert clean up of the venue. Ushers and Parking Attendants get to enjoy a great concert once their work is done, so please consider this enjoyable volunteer opportunity! Contact Jill with the Peninsula Music Festival to get help out.

The Clearing Folk School

The Clearing Folk School in Ephraim is looking for help in their shop! Volunteers help in the Bookstore and Gift Shop with sales, ordering, tagging, stocking shelves, decorating and taking end-of-year inventory. Although opportunities are available throughout the year, volunteers are needed most from May-October. During this time, individuals help on weekdays, and two-person teams, often couples, work on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Volunteers will be trained in using a computerized cash register system, so being comfortable with a computer is a plus at The Clearing Folk School.

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.

Aseracare Hospice

Aseracare Hospice is looking for caring Volunteers who are available who specialize in bereavement support or who would like to develop more skills in this area. Usually, these volunteers have prior training, skills or experiences that will enhance their ability to support those who are grieving the loss of a hospice patient. Bereavement volunteers may also be asked to assist with administrative tasks such as working with mailings, support groups, as well as memorial events. Bereavement volunteers are asked to attend all required sessions of the Administrative and/or Direct Volunteer TrainingOrientation, including specific training regarding grief support and bereavement care. Bereavement Volunteers who intend to participate in both administrative and direct care tasks will receive training for Direct Volunteers in addition to a basic administrative orientation. Please contact Aseracare Hospice to get involved with this unique opportunity to help others as a bereavement volunteer. Local Non-Profits don’t forget to contact us with your volunteer needs! The Volunteer Center of Door County is here to help you get the word out.

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.
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