Historic Columbia calls for volunteers for variety of service roles

Historic Columbia is looking for volunteers willing to donate six or more hours of their time each month.

Volunteers Foster Yarborough and Walker Covin help the Historic Columbia grounds crew at the Mann-Simons Site garden (photo provided)

Volunteers Foster Yarborough and Walker Covin help the Historic Columbia grounds crew at the Mann-Simons Site garden. (photo provided)

New volunteer training starts at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 and consists of five weekly general introductory sessions.

Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within Historic Columbia.

The volunteers perform a variety of functions dedicated to nurturing, supporting and protecting the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County, according to Historic Columbia Director of Marketing and Communications Carrie Phillips.

“Our volunteers are a vital part of Historic Columbia, and they are the ones who make it possible to accomplish our goals year after year,” said Ann Posner, Historic Columbia’s volunteer manager.

Historic Columbia’s volunteer corps provided more than 11,000 hours of service last year at a value of $243,540, according to Phillips.

Volunteers receive free entry into the historic house museums for themselves and immediate family as well as a 15 percent discount on purchases and a free subscription to Historically Speaking, Historic Columbia’s quarterly newsletter, among other perks.

“Every time I participate in a volunteer activity, whether it be as a house docent, traveling trunk leader, etc., I learn something new. I feel like a sponge soaking up any scrap of information someone wants to share,” said 2012 Volunteer Service Award Winner Pat Itter.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact Ann Posner at (803) 252-1770 ext. 24 or aposner@historiccolumbia.org

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