The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is always seeking individuals or groups to volunteer with various events and projects that are showcased within the park boundary. Typical volunteer opportunities include assisting with the restoration of cultural landscapes and historic structures. The work includes repairing small structures such as sheds, chicken coops, privies, and assistance with keeping the agricultural districts clear and open, and maintaining the historic gardens and orchards located at a few of the historic farmsteads.
The park also seeks volunteers to help at the annual Port Oneida Fair held every year during the second Friday and Saturday of August. This events showcases 120 traditional skills demonstrators which are seen by 4000 to 5000 visitors. Volunteers at this event help to set up, clean up, hand out information, give directions, direct parking, and help demonstrators and visitors find their way around the Port Oneida Rural Historic District and the 6 farmsteads and historic sites that are part of this celebration.
Many volunteer opportunities are available at the park in cultural resources and those interested should contact the park to inquire on how their unique skills can be put to use throughout the calendar year and not just the busy summer months.