Why Should I Volunteer?
A Force for Progress
Volunteers have always been a driving force for progress at the N.C. Transportation Museum. The museum relies on more than 100 volunteers to give guided tours, greet visitors, restore antique rail equipment, run the on-site train, maintain antique automobiles, help in the Gift Station and work during special events. The NCTM volunteer program is organized into four divisions – Education, Rail Operations, Automotive and Aviation. Volunteers are welcome to assist in one, two or all of these areas.
Besides getting to work with a great group of people, learning time-honored skills, and having an integral role in a working museum, you'll also get these benefits*:
- Discount in the Gift Station
- Annual volunteer banquet
- Educational opportunities
- Recognition and rewards
- Unlimited free train rides
What Does It Take to Volunteer?
Volunteers are asked to commit at least 50 hours per year and should be at least 18 years old. Special consideration may be given for those younger than 18. To learn more, please fill out the volunteer inquiry form and mail to:
Volunteer Inquiry Form
N.C. Transportation Museum
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
411 South Salisbury Avenue
Spencer, NC 28159
You can also fax it to 704-639-1881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Applicable after 50 volunteer hours are completed for Educational, Automotive and Aviation volunteers. Applicable after 100 volunteer hours are completed for Rail Operations volunteers. (See "Volunteer Divisions" below.)
Education - Interpret buildings and collections for visitors through guided tours, classroom programs and off-site educational programs. This may include greeting, working as a gallery guide, or even storytelling.
Publicity - Represent museum at off-site events and through speaking engagements.
Special Events - Assist with public events hosted by the museum.
Administrative - Provide support to administrative staff in various office-related duties.
Collections/Exhibits - Assist in the preservation and restoration of the museum's collection, design, construction and upkeep of museum exhibits.
Library/Archives - Assist in processing and preserving archival materials in the Research Library.
Gift Station - Greet visitors, design displays or research new items.
Restoration - Assist in cosmetically and/or mechanically restoring rolling stock.
Maintenance - Perform needed maintenance and repairs to the diesel and steam locomotives, coaches, and cabooses used in our on-site train ride.
Train crew - Rail Operations volunteers can train and become certified by the Federal Railroad Administration as conductors, brakemen, firemen and engineers for our on-site train ride.
Maintenance - Assist with regular care and cleaning of vehicles and driving vehicles that are in operating condition to keep them running smoothly.
Outreach - Drive vehicles for parades and during certain special events to represent the museum.
Restoration - The primary focus of our aviation volunteers is the restoration of the Potomac Pacemaker, the Piedmont Airlines DC-3. Monthly work sessions are scheduled with volunteers, those from the Guilford Technical Community College Aviation program and former Piedmont Employees. More information regarding the progress on this worthwhile project can be found at our Potomac Pacemaker blog.