In 1975 a small number of individuals gathered to form the Historic Seattle Volunteer Association. By the 1980s, tours were led and organized by volunteers. The number of volunteers grew, and by 1992, at least 44 volunteers participated in events and projects. In 1996 Historic Seattle had 60 volunteers working on various individual and group projects, including Public Relations, Education Committee, Lecture Series Planning Group, Preservation Leadership Forum, Teas & Tours, and the Klondike Project. The 2000s saw a rise in participation due to added programs, events, and coordination with a Manager of Volunteers on staff. The annual Bungalow Fair provided many volunteer opportunities, particularly for the Arts & Guild. By the 2010s, we had over 200 volunteers and interns helping the organization with various projects and events.
Today volunteers are engaged in every aspect of our organization. They are docents at home tours; serve on committees; are called upon to help with work-projects (Improvers); engaged in office work at our First Hill headquarters – the Dearborn House; and share their unique skills on a number of special initiatives, such as our library, fund development, advocacy, research, and program development.
Photo: 2008 Volunteer Recognition / Credit: Marissa Natkin