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Volunteers sought for Sanibel museum, village

By Staff | Oct 24, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Board Members Gayle Pence and Sherry Halleran.

New volunteers are always needed at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village.

There are many different things for volunteers to do, so anyone can find something they like and are comfortable with, doing what they enjoy. Training for volunteers will begin on Nov. 4 and 11.

“We are always excited to welcome new docents,” Board Member Gayle Pence said. “Training is fun, and we provide a detailed notebook with all the information you need to fulfill any position at the village. Our volunteers are never without the support and encouragement they need.”

“There are a lot of different things for volunteers to do,” Board Member Sherry Halleran added. “For example, we have a gala fundraiser and need help with planning, invitations, sponsorships and mailings. We can never have enough volunteers; it is the volunteers keep things running at the village.”

Volunteer Updates are held on the first Monday of the month at noon, from December through March, for volunteers to hear speakers on a variety of island topics. They are casual relaxed talks held for the benefit of the volunteers. Last season, the group heard Ralph Woodring tell stories as only he can and later Mariel Goss described the early days of the bike path.

The village has three events each year to thank and celebrate its volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Executive Director Emilie Alfino at 239-472-4648 or info@sanibelmuseum.org.

Other highlights of the upcoming season are three Twilight Talks and the village’s annual gala fundraiser, which will be held on Feb. 18 at The Community House on Sanibel.

“We are again offering a reciprocal museum membership,” Alfino said. “We have joined the North American Reciprocal Museum family, and a membership at the $150 level or above offers members free admission to more than 1,000 participating arts, cultural, and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers, and more. Many institutions include a discount at their gift shops.”

In addition, members at the $150 level and above can attend the Volunteer Updates.

“Previously open only to our volunteers, members at certain levels now are welcome to attend these talks and learn even more about the history of our island,” Alfino said.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Admission is $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.

Free guided tours are held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., based on docent availability.

For more information, contact 239-472-4648 or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.