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Southport Maritime Museum seeks volunteers

BOOKWORM: Volunteers help at the N.C. Maritime Museum’s book sale, which raises funds to purchase maritime-related books for…

BOOKWORM: Volunteers help at the N.C. Maritime Museum’s book sale, which raises funds to purchase maritime-related books for the museum library.  

Those interested in sharing their time and talents with the public can take advantage of several volunteer opportunities with the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport.

For those interested in education, volunteers are needed to work as an assistant teacher, help with festivals and outreach or help prepare for classes behind-the-scenes.

There are also spots for volunteers in the Visitor Services area to greet the public, answer questions and help in the gift shop, as well as positions that assist with facility and grounds maintenance, advise on exhibits or work with the Friends of the Museum, the nonprofit support arm of the museum.

Volunteer Coordinator Kristan Phillips said volunteers occupy a special place at the maritime museum.  

“Our volunteers are crucial to the success of museum operations,” Phillips said in a release. “They do more than complete a job or task for us — they are like family.” 

Phillips explained that the museum has volunteer opportunities that align with a variety of interests, skill levels and experiences.

Museum Manager Lori Sanderlin said the museum is a good fit for volunteers interested in natural or cultural maritime history, education or supporting an institution that welcomes all and focuses on environmental stewardship.  

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” Sanderlin said. “With three staff members, we can do a lot. But with volunteers, the sky is the limit.” 

Hours are flexible, and training is available for all new volunteers. Those interested can work as their schedule allows, whether that’s weekly or monthly. 

Volunteer applications are available on the museum’s website. The forms are at the bottom of the page. For more information, contact Phillips at 910-477-5151

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