Volunteer FAQ

How many volunteers are at Hagley?

In 2015, Hagley had nearly 500 adults and teens who volunteered.

How many hours do volunteers give to Hagley?

In 2015 volunteers graciously gave more than 16,000 hours.

What do volunteers do at Hagley?

•    Interact with visitors and interpret history on Workers’ Hill and Easy Does It!
•    Assist at special events
•    Participate in the Youth Leadership Program
•    Make handwork items to sell at Hagley’s Craft Fair to benefit the school scholarship fund
•    Work in the Workers’ Garden, E.I. du Pont garden, and cutting garden
•    Help in the library, manuscripts and archives, objects collections and conservation
•    Arrange flowers and create wreaths and greens for Christmas decorations
•    Assist the museum exhibits department
•    Complete office administration tasks throughout the organization
•    And More!

What are the benefits of volunteering at Hagley?

•    A close camaraderie with fellow volunteers and staff
•    Free admission to the museum for volunteers, their friends, and their families
•    Discount at the Hagley Store and at the Belin House Organic Cafe
•    Your free admission to Hagley special events when you volunteer at them
•    The online quarterly Hagley Magazine
•    Volunteer Voice newsletter
•    Volunteer educational sessions scheduled periodically
•    Complimentary admission during April, volunteer appreciation month, to area museums and gardens
•    Annual volunteer recognition event
•    Deductions on your federal income tax if you itemize deductions (see your tax professional)
•    Use of the Hagley Library and Archives
•    Free admission to various lectures held at Hagley
•    Opportunity to purchase Hagley membership at the reduced staff rate
•    Opportunity to purchase four adult fireworks show tickets

How do I become a volunteer?

Fill out an application online (click here), send an e-mail to awilliamson@hagley.org, call (302) 658-2400 ext. 257 to ask for an application, or write to Angela Williamson, Volunteer Manager, Hagley Museum & Library, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE, 19807 to request an application. After receiving your application, we’ll set up a meeting to talk about your interest in volunteering at Hagley.

How do I use the Volunteer Squared system at myvolunteerpage.com?

You create your personal username and password in the online application form.  There is a training PDF and video in the documents section of the site.

Are there any minimum or maximum volunteer hour requirements?

No, volunteers can come once a year, repeatedly, or multiple days a month.

Do I have to keep doing the same thing? Is there flexibility in what I do?

Volunteers are encouraged to do what they enjoy. Volunteers are welcome to do one special event a year or be as involved as they want to be in many different places. Some roles are on a set schedule; others are flexible with dates. Volunteers can move from one area to another by asking the volunteer manager if there are openings available.

Is there an age minimum/maximum?

Many of our opportunities have a minimum age of 15 or 16.  Depending on the circumstances we sometimes accept volunteers at ages 13 and 14.  
As long as someone can fulfill the responsibilities of the job requirements, there is no maximum age.

Can groups volunteer?

Yes! Groups may contact the volunteer manager to discuss the kind of activity they are looking for, date(s), availability, group size, etc.

What is a Hagley historical interpreter?

Interpreters learn about an area of Hagley and then share that knowledge with visitors. On Workers’ Hill, volunteers learn about the home of John Gibbons (a foreman of the powder yards) and the Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School. Easy Does It! volunteers learn about simple machines and how to help visitors interact with the hands-on exhibits.

Are Hagley Volunteers part of the State of Delaware Volunteer System?

Hagley is part of the VolunteerDelaware 50+ (volunteers age of 50+) and sends hours to them for credit if we know you are a member of the VolunteerDelaware group.  http://www.volunteerdelaware.org/HOC__cmscontent?CMSId=a0UA0000013ZziXMAS  

How do Delaware high school students get a free school credit?

Since 1998, students grades nine-twelve can earn one elective credit towards graduation upon completing 90 hours of community service during two semesters. The semesters do not have to be consecutive or in the same calendar year. Hours must be performed outside the student's regularly scheduled school day.  http://www.volunteerdelaware.org/HOC__cmscontent?CMSId=a0UA0000005kWgxMAE

What qualifications or requirements do I need to volunteer?

This depends on the role you are looking to fill. For some roles in the library, we ask for a library degree or some experience in the library field. Other roles have some training prior to the event or job, and some opportunities have on the job training.

How many hours can students typically get?

Youth ages 15 or older can volunteer as many hours as they want in the garden in the summer (Mon-Fri), and at as many events as they are qualified for throughout the year.

Do the training hours count as "volunteer hours" or just those worked during the actual event?

Yes, training does count as volunteer hours.

Is there a dress code or uniform for the volunteers?

This varies according to the event or role; however most events suggest nice but casual attire. Once a volunteer reaches 100 hours lifetime, you get a Hagley Volunteer t-shirt to wear as you volunteer.

How are volunteers scheduled?

Volunteers may indicate their interest in an event or activity by logging into www.myvolunteerpage.com and using the sign-up tab. The volunteer manager will assign volunteers and let them know when those assignments have been made.

What should I know about background checks?

What they will check?
Nationwide Criminal Database, Multi-State Sex and Violent Offenders Report, Free Wanted Persons Security Screen, and if lived in counties in past 10 years outside DE, then check run on those counties. Delaware has its own form youll fill out to have the state do its own check. Paper forms filled out for DE will be sent to DE State directly. Personal application information will not be held at Hagley.

What the background checks are NOT checking:
Anything not listed above (credit, driving, etc.). If you are volunteering with valuables (money, collections, etc.), Hagley may run a credit report, with your knowledge.

If something is found on the checks that stops me from volunteering, will I know?
Yes, you will be notified by Angela W. if there is something that does not allow you to volunteer.

Why complete these checks?
To protect you, Hagley, and our visitors.We have not had any issues up to this point and we want to keep it that way.

Who, How & When?
Volunteer completes the online form through American Checked website - $7 & more if live out of state (paid by Hagley). The Volunteer Manager will give you the link after your interview. All NEW volunteers age 18+ will be required to do this when they meet with Volunteer Manager, or before starting any volunteer roles.This is a basic good practice to cover you, Hagley, and our visitors.

How track when teens age up and need a background check?
Volunteers under 18 will be required to have a background check as they turn 18. As teens turn 18, we will send them an email with this information to complete the checks.

How often will checks be re-run?
At this moment we do not have a timeline. We are developing a re-checking time requirement and will keep you informed when we have it in place.

 

How many volunteers are at Hagley?

In 2015, Hagley had nearly 500 adults and teens who volunteered.

How many hours do volunteers give to Hagley?

In 2015 volunteers graciously gave more than 16,000 hours.

What do volunteers do at Hagley?

•    Interact with visitors and interpret history on Workers’ Hill and Easy Does It!
•    Assist at special events
•    Participate in the Youth Leadership Program
•    Make handwork items to sell at Hagley’s Craft Fair to benefit the school scholarship fund
•    Work in the Workers’ Garden, E.I. du Pont garden, and cutting garden
•    Help in the library, manuscripts and archives, objects collections and conservation
•    Arrange flowers and create wreaths and greens for Christmas decorations
•    Assist the museum exhibits department
•    Complete office administration tasks throughout the organization
•    And More!

What are the benefits of volunteering at Hagley?

•    A close camaraderie with fellow volunteers and staff
•    Free admission to the museum for volunteers, their friends, and their families
•    Discount at the Hagley Store and at the Belin House Organic Cafe
•    Your free admission to Hagley special events when you volunteer at them
•    The online quarterly Hagley Magazine
•    Volunteer Voice newsletter
•    Volunteer educational sessions scheduled periodically
•    Complimentary admission during April, volunteer appreciation month, to area museums and gardens
•    Annual volunteer recognition event
•    Deductions on your federal income tax if you itemize deductions (see your tax professional)
•    Use of the Hagley Library and Archives
•    Free admission to various lectures held at Hagley
•    Opportunity to purchase Hagley membership at the reduced staff rate
•    Opportunity to purchase four adult fireworks show tickets

How do I become a volunteer?

Fill out an application online (click here), send an e-mail to awilliamson@hagley.org, call (302) 658-2400 ext. 257 to ask for an application, or write to Angela Williamson, Volunteer Manager, Hagley Museum & Library, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE, 19807 to request an application. After receiving your application, we’ll set up a meeting to talk about your interest in volunteering at Hagley.

How do I use the Volunteer Squared system at myvolunteerpage.com?

You create your personal username and password in the online application form.  There is a training PDF and video in the documents section of the site.

Are there any minimum or maximum volunteer hour requirements?

No, volunteers can come once a year, repeatedly, or multiple days a month.

Do I have to keep doing the same thing? Is there flexibility in what I do?

Volunteers are encouraged to do what they enjoy. Volunteers are welcome to do one special event a year or be as involved as they want to be in many different places. Some roles are on a set schedule; others are flexible with dates. Volunteers can move from one area to another by asking the volunteer manager if there are openings available.

Is there an age minimum/maximum?

Many of our opportunities have a minimum age of 15 or 16.  Depending on the circumstances we sometimes accept volunteers at ages 13 and 14.  
As long as someone can fulfill the responsibilities of the job requirements, there is no maximum age.

Can groups volunteer?

Yes! Groups may contact the volunteer manager to discuss the kind of activity they are looking for, date(s), availability, group size, etc.

What is a Hagley historical interpreter?

Interpreters learn about an area of Hagley and then share that knowledge with visitors. On Workers’ Hill, volunteers learn about the home of John Gibbons (a foreman of the powder yards) and the Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School. Easy Does It! volunteers learn about simple machines and how to help visitors interact with the hands-on exhibits.

Are Hagley Volunteers part of the State of Delaware Volunteer System?

Hagley is part of the VolunteerDelaware 50+ (volunteers age of 50+) and sends hours to them for credit if we know you are a member of the VolunteerDelaware group.  http://www.volunteerdelaware.org/HOC__cmscontent?CMSId=a0UA0000013ZziXMAS  

How do Delaware high school students get a free school credit?

Since 1998, students grades nine-twelve can earn one elective credit towards graduation upon completing 90 hours of community service during two semesters. The semesters do not have to be consecutive or in the same calendar year. Hours must be performed outside the student's regularly scheduled school day.  http://www.volunteerdelaware.org/HOC__cmscontent?CMSId=a0UA0000005kWgxMAE

What qualifications or requirements do I need to volunteer?

This depends on the role you are looking to fill. For some roles in the library, we ask for a library degree or some experience in the library field. Other roles have some training prior to the event or job, and some opportunities have on the job training.

How many hours can students typically get?

Youth ages 15 or older can volunteer as many hours as they want in the garden in the summer (Mon-Fri), and at as many events as they are qualified for throughout the year.

Do the training hours count as "volunteer hours" or just those worked during the actual event?

Yes, training does count as volunteer hours.

Is there a dress code or uniform for the volunteers?

This varies according to the event or role; however most events suggest nice but casual attire. Once a volunteer reaches 100 hours lifetime, you get a Hagley Volunteer t-shirt to wear as you volunteer.

How are volunteers scheduled?

Volunteers may indicate their interest in an event or activity by logging into www.myvolunteerpage.com and using the sign-up tab. The volunteer manager will assign volunteers and let them know when those assignments have been made.

What should I know about background checks?

What they will check?
Nationwide Criminal Database, Multi-State Sex and Violent Offenders Report, Free Wanted Persons Security Screen, and if lived in counties in past 10 years outside DE, then check run on those counties. Delaware has its own form youll fill out to have the state do its own check. Paper forms filled out for DE will be sent to DE State directly. Personal application information will not be held at Hagley.

What the background checks are NOT checking:
Anything not listed above (credit, driving, etc.). If you are volunteering with valuables (money, collections, etc.), Hagley may run a credit report, with your knowledge.

If something is found on the checks that stops me from volunteering, will I know?
Yes, you will be notified by Angela W. if there is something that does not allow you to volunteer.

Why complete these checks?
To protect you, Hagley, and our visitors.We have not had any issues up to this point and we want to keep it that way.

Who, How & When?
Volunteer completes the online form through American Checked website - $7 & more if live out of state (paid by Hagley). The Volunteer Manager will give you the link after your interview. All NEW volunteers age 18+ will be required to do this when they meet with Volunteer Manager, or before starting any volunteer roles.This is a basic good practice to cover you, Hagley, and our visitors.

How track when teens age up and need a background check?
Volunteers under 18 will be required to have a background check as they turn 18. As teens turn 18, we will send them an email with this information to complete the checks.

How often will checks be re-run?
At this moment we do not have a timeline. We are developing a re-checking time requirement and will keep you informed when we have it in place.