What does it mean to volunteer for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor?
A volunteer is someone who gives time, energy, and talents to others, expecting nothing in return. Volunteers must have an open mind, be willing to embrace wisdom learned from others, and let the experience of volunteering lead to personal inner growth. Volunteers realize the importance of time and kindness. With a wide range of opportunities, volunteers have the freedom to find an organization, like the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission, that best suits their needs.
For students or young or aspiring professionals, volunteering is a great way to get a foot in the door in the workforce, with connections you make along the way that may eventually lead to your dream career. Through the experiences you have while volunteering, you may get a better idea of the career path you have chosen and whether or not it’s right for you, saving yourself a lot of backtracking in the future.
Museum and Corridor Docents:
For the Commission, individuals who decide to volunteer to become a docent will be extremely critical to the success and the sustainability of the Corridor and the anchor organizations and assets within it. A docent is a guide who works at a museum, a historical site or even gardens or parklets within the Corridor. Any individuals wishing to become docents will be provided training by experts representing the fields of local (specifically Michigan Street) historical education and preservation, as well as the Commission’s mission, vision, and core values as they pertain to education and the preservation of the narrative of the Corridor.
The Commission will have a need for volunteers to represent it and the Corridor at both private and public events and activities throughout the region at all points of the year to primarily disseminate promotional materials developed by the Commission, share pertinent information, or to answer questions related to Commission-specific events or activities. Individuals interested in volunteering in this area will be provided training from experts which will especially include an understanding of the Commission’s mission, vision, and core values as they pertain to education and the preservation of the narrative of the Corridor.
The Commission plans to sponsor special events each year, which will become a critical part of its fundraising plans. These events may include:
Black tie affairs
Charity walks and runs
Public art projects
The “Taste of Michigan Street”
“Michigan Street Classic Car Cruise” Nights
Concerts and music festivals
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