Volunteers at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
If your New Year's resolutions included finding time to volunteer for a worthy cause, here are 4 ways to help your community while supporting tourism or special events that bring thousands of people to Delaware County each year.  

Love Art? Children? Crafts? Conducting Tours?
The Brandywine River Museum of Art has a myriad of opportunities to support art and culture in Delaware County...
Volunteer for the Museum 

Volunteers are an integral part of the Brandywine River Museum of Art and have been since the Museum opened its doors in 1971. Join this dedicated group of 400 volunteers by becoming involved in a variety of exciting year-round opportunities.

Be a Museum Guide
The Museum offers guided tours of its collection and special exhibitions to adult and student groups on a year-round basis, seven days a week. An extensive guide training program is conducted by the education and curatorial staff one morning a week for 10 consecutive weeks.

Imagination and use of a glue-gun is are musts for the Critter Makers...

Critter volunteers are a creative, inspiring and productive group responsible for crafting over 10,000 ornaments each year from natural materials for the museum's holiday display and for the annual critter sale. In addition to making ornaments volunteers conduct workshops, and grow, collect, clean, and dry materials for critter production. (March through January)

Help with Special Events & Story Telling

Throughout the year, the Museum hosts numerous special events, which require the assistance of volunteers during the week, on weekends and evenings. These events include Children's Storytelling,
the Children’s Christmas Party, Fairy House workshop, music events, lectures, family programs, craft activities and the Radnor Hunt in May.

For additional information, or to become a volunteer, please send an e-mail to volunteer@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8318.

For those who love gardens, plants and flowers...volunteer in Delaware County's Master Gardener Program.

Did you know that Delaware County is part of an area recognized as the Garden Capital of the United States? Philadelphia and its surrounding Counties feature 30+ Gardens within 30 Miles. Millions of people tour these gardens every year -- including our own Chanticleer Gardens on the Main Line, Tyler Arboretum in Media, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and The Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford. We are home to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Ridley Creek State Park and Longwood Gardens is just minutes across our border in Chester County.

Become a Penn State Extension Master Gardener.
Are you passionate about sharing the joy of gardening with others? Do you have?
· A love of learning more about horticultural best practices based on scientific research and  willingness to share your knowledge
· A desire to promote environmental stewardship
Demonstrate your commitment and serve your community by becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener.  Participate in a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.  A few examples include:
· Planning and implementing an annual Home Gardener School
· Staffing a Hort Line service for the community to answer questions about plant & insect problems
· Providing gardening workshops at the annual Fall Fest
· Designing and maintaining Smedley Park Teaching Gardens
· Restoring and maintaining gardens at the Massey House, Nitre Hall, Ridley Creek Park Mansion, Rose Tree Tavern, and other historic community locations
· Working with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Chester (pictured below) teaching about conservation techniques, where food comes from, how to plant and grow food, and how to store and prepare food for healthy eating
· Helping with healing gardens/horticultural therapy (e.g., working with the Center for the Blind and Visually-Impaired, senior centers)
· Providing outreach by speaking at libraries, garden clubs, schools, and civic clubs.

Applications for becoming a Master Gardener will be accepted through the Spring, 2017.  
Interviews will be held in June, and the Master Gardener Basic Training in Delaware County will be held from mid-August through mid-December, 2017. For more information, the Master Gardener application, and the Basic Training updated schedule of classes, contact Linda Barry, Master Gardener Coordinator at lrb16@psu.edu or 610-690-2655.

For those who love history, join the Volunteer Team at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park outside of Media.

Moooo-ove off the couch and back in time at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation...volunteers range from tour guides
to assistant farmers.  Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!

Do you like history, meeting new people, learning new skills and feeling that you are really helping out? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then becoming a volunteer at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation may be right for you.

The Colonial Plantation is a nationally recognized living history museum right here in Delaware County.
On weekends from April to November, volunteer interpreters greet visitors and share what they have learned about colonial life with them.

Some costumed interpreters participate in special weekend events, demonstrate colonial skills and act as tour guides. Others teach classes, conduct workshops or simply are on hand to answer questions.  Other volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes maintaining the property, working in the kitchen garden or caring for the animals. What do they all have in common? Aside from the reward they get from doing something they truly enjoy, there is also the satisfaction that they are needed and appreciated.

If you ask their volunteers what they like best about the Plantation, many love the opportunity to talk with visitors from around the world. Some simply enjoy turning back the calendar to a time quite different from our own. Others say that they come to the farm for its tranquility and to enjoy the animals.

Whether your interest is hearth cooking, farm animals, historic clothing and textile production, blacksmithing, gardening, regional colonial history or just helping out – they have a place where you will not only make a difference - you'll love doing it. 

No history background required -- just a willingness to learn.
To volunteer email the office at info@colonialplantation.org or call (610) 566-1725.


Each year the WALK not only raises funds -- it brings between 6,000 and 8,000 people to Delaware County, many of them retired veterans or
current soldiers and their families.  Many stay throughout the weekend, visiting our many historic sites, dining at our restaurants
and exploring our gardens, museums and more.  
In nine years, this event has raised almost $2,000,000 for wounded soldiers and their families.  But 2017 is the 10th Anniversary of the event - and the goal this year is $250,000.

Working with Operation First Response (OFR), virtually all of Delaware County comes together to make this event successful.

A full 97% of every dollar raised goes directly to critically wounded soldiers whose lives are changed forever by severe wounds, life changing amputations, and painful surgeries – often followed by mounting bills at home, necessary job retraining, home renovations and more.

You can help right now! As a volunteer you can help OFR and Delaware County reach its highest annual goal ever -- a quarter of a million dollars...

•Operation First Response (OFR) delivers over 97 cents of every dollar raised to wounded soldiers and their families.
•OFR is staffed largely by volunteers; only one full-time and one part-time employee are salaried.
•The 3 mile walk & 5k run takes place in Media's beautiful Rose Tree Park. (Well behaved, leashed dogs are invited, too)
•The event is free to spectators and all money is raised through individual and corporate sponsorship, advertising in the Walk program book, and donations.

Marple Township native and senior advisor for Operation First Response, Nick Constantino, invites people to contact him directly regarding many diverse volunteer opportunities: Click to Email Nick

To learn more about Operation First Response and the 2017 WALK FOR THE WOUNDED and WARRIORS 5K RUN go to Operation First Response and the 2017 WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN

Companies and organizations interested in partnering with OFR and Delaware County’s Tourism Bureau to reach 2017’s goal of $250,000 --  should contact Marty Milligan at mmilligan@destinationdelco.com or 610-565-3679, ext.105.