Volunteer Opportunities
Members looking for volunteer opportunities should check this page occasionally for possible positions that are requested from outside groups and agencies. FCRE does not endorse these agencies, nor does it gain any monetary funding by posting requests. All requests are screened by the FCRE Executive Committee and posted for a month's duration.



International Spy Museum Inaugural Volunteer Program

The International Spy Museum here in Washington, DC. will be opening at a new location this May and is  instituting an inaugural volunteer program to assist their guest services department. They are very interested in recruiting educators for this opportunity and believe there may be a lot of interest from the Fairfax County Retired Educators Association. Please see the accompanying flyer for more information and contact information: SPY Museum Volunteer Program



Teaching and Touring Docents Needed at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly


Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA is looking for individuals who are interested in becoming teaching and/or touring docents. Sully Historic Site is the Home to Richard Bland Lee, our first Congressman in Northern Virginia, and Uncle to Robert E. Lee.  The site is open Wednesday – Monday (Tuesdays closed) 11:00-5:00pm.  Teaching Docents are Monday – Friday 10:00-12:30 working with pre-K thru 12th; to include daycares and homeschoolers.  Dressing in period clothing is not required, but if you would like to…they can provide the clothing.  Training will be provided for everything you are interested in.


Teaching Docents:  Must be able to perform tours of the 1794 Historic House; Conduct/assist with school group and camps with children ages 5-18 yrs.; Facilitate discussion and answer questions relevant to site history, buildings, grounds and collections; Support scheduled site programs and special events.

Using “hands-on” activities, teach one of the site’s school centers utilizing demonstration and performance instruction method (all centers have a coordinating house tour):

            Open-Hearth Kitchen - Cooking time period food in an open hearth environment.  This requires the ability for excellent time management due to requiring enough time for beaten biscuits to bake in dutch oven, and help the children with a “sweet bundle of herbs” used for soups & stews.

            Schoolroom – Discussing how children were educated, demonstrate writing with a quill pen, and sealing documents that the children produced.

           Slave Life – Discusses the history of the home and all of the inhabitants.  This center is focused on the enslaved population and the many contributions they made to make the farm successful.  We also discuss how they managed their “family” units.  This center includes tour of out buildings and the house, ending at the slave quarter.

            Textiles – Discusses how textiles are made (Cotton, wool, silk and flax), performs hands-on demonstration with children carding wool and on the loom.  After house tour, then explains need for potpourri and help the children make their own sachet.

           

Touring Docents:  Must be able to perform tours of the 1794 Historic House; Facilitate discussion and answer questions relevant to site history, buildings, grounds and collections; Support scheduled site programs and special events.  For tours during special events, such as SpringFest, they tie into the theme of the event, i.e. How family members conserved/recycled resources.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Darlene Szudera, Volunteer Coordinator at Sully Historic Site via phone or email darlene.szudera@fairfaxcounty.gov

Sully Historic Site

3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151  

703-437-1794

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site/

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