Morven Museum & Garden

Volunteering

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Volunteer

Morven’s volunteer corps is critical to our success. Our volunteers collectively contribute hundreds of service hours annually. It is a great way to learn more about Morven and the history of New Jersey while meeting new people and caring for a National Historic Landmark.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Email a completed volunteer application to info@morven.org or call Debra Lampert-Rudman at 609.924.8144 ext. 106


july volunteer spotlight:

Morven’s Isles summer interns

Morven’s Isles summer interns pictured above. (L-R top row) Nasir Bridgeforth, Shaquame Pickett, Basheer Couch, (L-R middle row) Timere Ingram, Thaddeus Jones, Timothy Ingram, (L-R Bottom row) Mariah Taliaferro, Gabriel Naula, and Damir Johnson. Tyrone McClain is not pictured.

Morven’s Isles summer interns pictured above. (L-R top row) Nasir Bridgeforth, Shaquame Pickett, Basheer Couch, (L-R middle row) Timere Ingram, Thaddeus Jones, Timothy Ingram, (L-R Bottom row) Mariah Taliaferro, Gabriel Naula, and Damir Johnson. Tyrone McClain is not pictured.

Question 1: What made you choose Morven?
The interns chose Morven this summer because they were interested in learning new skills, working in an active job (not sitting behind a desk!), working in an environment that was new to them, keeping busy, and working outside. All wanted a new experience. One was particularly interested in gardening, and hopes to start a garden at home after learning new skills. Everyone also is happy that it's a paid internship!

Question 2: What's your favorite memory (so far)?
Working with the sledge hammer to demolish an old gate was awesome, and a great way to relieve stress! Getting to ride on the bobcat at Mercer County Community College was fun too, and our returning interns noted that the field trips were some of their best memories, as well as our graduation party at the end of the internship.

Questions 3: What do you wish people knew more of about Morven?
“The world needs to know about the great homemade tea that we have for snack every day,” declared Timere! Others noted that more people should know about the history behind Morven, how good the tours are, and that there was a great variety of people who lived and worked here. They should also all know that they can come and volunteer, too!

Question 4: When you’re not at Morven, where do you spend your free time, and what do you like to do?
Many of the interns like to play sports, especially basketball. Some love gaming, babysitting and hanging out with family, dancing, listening to music, doing yoga, and one enjoys taking long walks. Most are working on their GEDs, so they take classes and study at Isles Youth Institute when they return to Trenton after our work days. Most who don’t have classes have other jobs to go to: one works at a Panera Bread company, and another works at Trane.

Question 5: What do you like most about working in general, and at Morven?
Many concurred that they enjoy the variety of nutritious snacks, and tasting new foods (like basil lemonade!). Several interns also said that they really enjoy learning more about plants and how to take care of them. Everyone enjoys the guest speakers and stories about their careers and how they got to where they are now (they’ve spoken to several Morven employees so far, including Executive Director Jill Barry, Facilities Manager Brian Mackiw, and Director of Visitor Services & Security Tracy Craig). Damir noted that he loves the peaceful and fresh environment here, and both Shaquame and Thaddeus enjoy learning about the history of the land and those who worked here before us. Everyone enjoys that there is something new to do and learn everyday!

 

Morven Docent/Guide

Morven is always looking for enthusiastic, outgoing individuals to volunteer as docents/guides.

Docents are trained by Morven’s Curator of Collections to conduct tours for visitors that promote a deeper understanding of the role Morven played in American and New Jersey history.

The museum is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday. The minimum commitment is two four-hour shifts per month.


Garden Volunteer

Garden volunteers work alongside Morven’s horticulturists tending the historic grounds.

Volunteers help with the annual heirloom plant sale by arranging and pricing plants and helping shoppers choose the perfect plants for their garden.


Office work and Special Events

Volunteers lend a helping hand to Morven’s staff for events, setting up before and assisting guests during events such as Morven in May, Fourth of July Jubilee,  and the Festival of Trees in December.

Volunteers assist in a variety of behind the scenes work, including mailings and office tasks.


If you have a special talent, let us know! Volunteers have helped Morven’s efforts in a variety of ways, including proof-reading, computer editing and design, woodworking, and more.

Volunteers enjoy a flexible schedule and are welcome any day of the week.