Volunteer Opportunities

Give the gift of time and become part of a very special group. As a Blithewold volunteer you will play a major role in helping to ensure the survival of an important and historic landmark. Make new friends, interact with people from around the world and increase your knowledge of history, architecture and horticulture, while enjoying a beautiful and social environment.

Come behind the scenes and work as a Receptionist/Office Assistant. Be the voice of Blithewold while answering the telephone and assisting callers. Our small friendly staff is always in need of help with special projects. Flexible hours are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Computer skills are desirable but not mandatory.

If meeting and greeting people is your strong point, working in the Mansion or the Visitor Center could be just what you are looking for. Assist our guests by selling admission tickets and gift items in the Visitor Center, or bring the Van Wickle family to life for our visitors to the Mansion. Training is provided and shifts are available Tuesday thru Sunday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

You may be the one we want if you are passionate about gardens and interacting with visitors. Garden docents help our visitors, and answer questions in our spectacular gardens on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from June to September. If you like getting dirty and digging in the earth, limited positions for Garden Volunteers are available assisting our horticultural staff on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from Spring to Fall. Training is provided for both positions by our horticultural staff.

Hospitality volunteers are always in demand to help with teas, luncheons, educational programs and other fund raising events.

Become a Christmas Volunteer and enjoy the magic of the Holidays and see Blithewold in a unique and special way. Hundreds of volunteers are needed as the Mansion is transformed into a winter fantasy land. There is something for everyone from mid- October through the beginning of January. Help with the transformation, sell beautiful gift items and admission tickets, greet visitors, serve tea and treats, try your hand at crafts, or create the best gingerbread house.

To become a volunteer, contact Connie Ganley, Volunteer Coordinator at Ext. 18 or email cganley@blithewold.org.

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    In 1869, 16-year-old Israel Pardee left his home in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for a one-year educational journey through Europe, accompanied by his younger sister Anne. Israel (known in the family as Izzie) was Bessie McKee’s older brother and became Marjorie Van Wickle’s favorite Uncle. Izzie and Anne had joined the family of their father’s friend, Dr. […]
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