Volunteer Opportunities at the AHC
There are many ways to support the mission of the Architectural Heritage Center by volunteering your time and expertise. Your volunteer support is welcomed and much appreciated. For more information on specific volunteer tasks or committees, contact us at [email protected] or at 503-231-7264.
Examples of volunteer activities:
- Be an “ambassador” for the AHC and staff the front desk. Duties include greeting visitors to our building and our exhibitions, answering the phone, selling memberships and taking program reservations.
- Volunteer at one of our public programs and help greet and check in attendees.
- Help with special events like our annual auction, our Old House Revival, exhibition openings, and special receptions.
- Catalogue our artifact collection and prepare them for storage or exhibits.
- Assist staff with communications tasks to promote our program and activities.
- Join a committee and contribute on an ongoing basis to the work of the AHC. More information is below.
AHC Volunteer Committees
The Advocacy Committee advocates for the preservation of the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities, with a focus on the Portland Metro region. Volunteers with expertise in architecture, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, and public relations may be interested.
The Auction Committee works year round on this gala fund raiser held each October. The Committee, led by a volunteer Auction Chair, oversees overall planning for the event. Opportunities are also available to volunteer for subcommittees that procure auction items, sell auction and raffle tickets, create decorations, organize set-up, supervise registration, and help with the silent and oral auctions.
The Collections/Exhibits Committee reviews and decides on acquisitions, helps catalogue the collection, and works with the Curator to plan and install exhibits. Committee members should have a background or interest in architecture, art history, and/or historic preservation. Specialized skills or knowledge of specific artifact categories is also a plus.
The Education Committee oversees an extensive roster of programs and neighborhood walking tours which deal with many aspects of architecture and historic preservation. Committee members create new programs, recommend speakers for other programs, and help on the day of the event. In addition, Committee members are encouraged to learn existing programs and present them. Knowledge of local history, architecture and/or historic preservation issues is desirable.