Become a Volunteer!
Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Center and are essential to the hardworking staff. If you want to give back to your community, if you treasure and enjoy the arts, or if you simply love historic buildings, we invite you to call Kay Boone at 923-2900 to learn about the various opportunities available at the Center. We hope you will join our dedicated and fantastic team! You will be rewarded by having the opportunity to earn a 20% discount in Jester’s Gift Shop and/or qualify for free tickets to performances for every twelve volunteer hours! You will also be recognized at special appreciation events at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.
At the Center we have volunteers of all ages. Each volunteer’s unique characteristics will help make our guests’ experience at the Center more memorable. Volunteers are often the first person that our guests see and you create that first impression of the Center. Many of the people you see at our events are in fact volunteers. The Center has many volunteers who seat guests at performances, sell performance merchandise during shows, work in the gift shop, Jester’s, and even arrange floral centerpieces. Volunteers, like you, take on a variety of other tasks including greeting guests, working with the display cases, taking calls at the reception desk, working at the information desk and preparing office mailings, all which enhance the Center’s activities.
Regular Volunteering Opportunities Include:
Box Office: Selling concessions and merchandise are another part of volunteering at shows, two exciting jobs because you are able to socialize and interact with the guests.If you are selling merchandise the staff person in charge will give you instructions. These jobs are for those who feel comfortable handling money.
Facility/Grounds Keeping: Creating a well-maintained environment that projects welcoming beauty takes great time and effort. Help us welcome guests to our beautiful home by assisting our facilities team in various garden maintenance. Please inform us of any additional special skills that you can offer our facilities team.
Ushering/Greeter: Help us welcome our guests at SCCA performances. Greet, collect tickets, usher, as well as sell merchandise, work with hospitality, assist in answering questions and pointing guests in the right direction. Stay through the entire performance to provide assistance to the staff and see the show for free! Dress is business casual; black pants or skirts are preferred.
Gallery Openings: Share our excitement over each gallery opening. Assist in hanging, taking down shows or help with receptions. If you love the visual arts, this is the place for you.
Information Desk: Put your smiling face where everyone can see it by helping to cover the information desks. Greet guests, answer questions, provide materials and take messages to help Center staff throughout the year. The perfect place to see old friends or meet new people.
Gift Shop: Show off your customer service skills at Jester’s in the Holly Gift Shop. Greet guests and assist them with finding gift ideas for their family and friends. We will provide training on how to use our computer software and the cash register.
Mailings and Office Projects: Use your organization skills for general office support. Help prepare mailings, filing, answer telephones and assist with other assignments around the office.
Archivist/Display Cases: Help organize and catalog historic memorabilia or set up display case exhibits.
Marketing: Help distribute SCCA marketing materials
Flower Guild: Join a group of creative people who provide floral decorations for special events. Working with Flower Guild members is a perfect way to learn or polish your flower arranging skills while making new friends.
If a job above sounds exciting to you or you would just like to make yourself available for any type of volunteering at the center then we would love for you to sign up! To download the form please click on the file below and print out the form. When you finish filling it out drop it by the Center or mail it to 110 West Finney Avenue Suffolk, VA 23434 and our Volunteer Coordinator will get in contact with you!