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Volunteer (Greeter and/or Docent)

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Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park


Volunteers are the heart of the Foundation’s mission. We introduce as many as 10,000 visitors a year to the colorful family that shaped one of literature’s most iconic figures. In addition to deepening visitors understanding of Hemingway, we work to actively support new artists through essay contests, mentoring, and arts programming.
Volunteer PositionsGreeters

  • Welcome guests during museum hours or Foundation events

  • Take admission

  • Facilitate bookstore purchases

  • Answer basic inquiries

  • Needed a minimum of 4 hours and up to 12 hours a month

  • Conduct 1-hour guided tours during open museum hours

  • Training is provided; No Hemingway expertise required

  • Anyone is welcome to apply; Educators and Thespians are encouraged

  • Bi-lingual applicants (particularly Spanish) are also encouraged

  • Needed a minimum of 4 hours and up to 12 hours a month

School Tour Facilitators
  • Provide dynamic learning opportunities for scheduled school group visits

  • Consult with teachers to understand learning objectives

  • Tailor our standard presentation to age and learning goals of our guests

  • Help make schools aware of our tours

  • Hours vary depending on bookings

Trade Professionals
  • Editors, proofreaders, graphic designers, social media marketers, and IT (database) support

  • Volunteers are welcome to contribute to single projects or regular support depending on your availability

  • All of our work centers around a beautifully restored 1890 Queen Anne Victorian Home. We often need the help of skilled tradesmen to make repairs and improvements. This includes (but not limited to) carpenters, decorators, electricians, and those skilled at antique restoration. Contact us for more information.

1 Shift

  • 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM

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About Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park


339 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302, US

Mission Statement

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. Its mission reflects the Foundation's belief in the importance of the written word and the value of thoughtful reading and writing.


The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP) is a literary arts and educational organization. The Foundation’s mission and objectives strive to preserve, educate and explore the creative excellence embodied in the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway. In providing opportunities for students, scholars, and visitors to better understand the personal goals and influences affecting Hemingway, the Foundation enables students, scholars and other visitors to experience what it means to be a disciplined writer influenced by local and world events, as well as personal cultural values. In addition to honoring the past, we also dedicate ourselves to the present and future, by striving to support writers and artists of all kinds, to hear their stories, to collectively engage both artists and audiences in serving as a community cornerstone.

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy


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This opportunity has 1 shift


339 N Oak Park AvenueOak Park, IL 60302



  • Curating
  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Storytelling


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • two (2) four hr shifts per month

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