Volunteer

Community special events volunteers help serve dinner to hundreds of guests at our event honoring the hundredth anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

We offer three different types of volunteer opportunities

Museum Docents

Our museum docents typically work 1-2 days a week for 1-2, 2-hour shifts. Museum docents essentially run the museum and are the public face of the museum during open hours. Docents answer the phone, field questions from the public, manage the guest book and visitor tracking mechanisms. We are working on a docent handbook, and we offer a special training session to all docents.

Special Event Volunteers

Special Events Volunteers work at special events in the museum and represent the museum at community events. Examples of special events where we have needed this type of volunteer are: visits from the Quinlan Preschool (the kids have a special story time and do crafts), Bay Area Diwali Festival (museum open house and crafts for kids), the Quinlan Center Tree Lighting, etc. These positions typically don’t require special training and are not weekly commitments.
Our traveling trunk program is a wonderful program that allows museum docents to go into local elementary schools to offer hands-on history programs for local children. Traveling Trunk Docents have more extensive training and shadowing programs. Typically, they make anywhere from 2-6 presentations a month. The schedule varies greatly.

Docent Gail Hugger showing taxidermy animals to a group from Quinlan Community Center preschool, run by Parks & Recreation, at the Cupertino Museum. Taxidermy animals on loan from Audubon at McClellan Ranch Park and Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation.

Volunteer and Museum Docent Rishik Srivastava greeting visitors at a museum open house during the Bay Area Diwali Festival. 

Traveling Trunk docents Gail Hugger (left) and Carrie Zeidman(right) doing a traveling trunk presentation to a class at Collins Elementary School. 

Volunteer opportunities

Our museum is typically open Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, with exceptions for special events/city festivals. Museum docent shifts are 10 am – noon, noon – 2 pm, and 2 – 4 pm.
Please email our Executive Director, Jennifer Furlong, to be added to our volunteer email list to receive notifications about upcoming opportunities.

Saturday October 1, 2022
10 AM - 2 PM
Civic Center Plaza

The Cupertino Historical Society + Museum may be small, but it still takes many people to keep it functioning well. We need more volunteers to keep all our programs working smoothly. We also need some volunteers to provide short term help with specialized skills so we can continue to perform to current civic standards.
Members who are experienced with our organization are asked to volunteer some time to staff a booth at the City of Cupertino Volunteer Fair so that we can recruit more helpers to our programs. On Saturday October 1, we need three members to recruit volunteers from 9:30 to 11:45 and three more from 11:45 to 2:00. We really need your help to get more help.

The Cupertino Historical Society + Museum website is created using WordPress Elementor. Our Mellon Scholars Intern from Foothill College is currently modernizing the content of the website. That intern’s term of duty ends in May 2023.

We need another person who will

  • learn the process from the intern (this will include training on Elementor basics if not known,
  • help with adding content to the site making it more modern and useful to the community, and
  • take over full responsibility of content management from the intern in June 2023.

Skills needed are:

  • comfort with using a computer
  • some experience with web design
  • a basic knowledge of how HTML, CSS and JavaScript works, even if not proficient in coding
  • discipline to keep the website updated with all the events happening with the organization

Time commitment would be to:

  • quickly turn e-mails from the Executive Director describing events, exhibits and other news into website content.
  • keep the website formatted properly and cleanly.
  • warn the Executive Director of any problems with the website, hosting service, domain that they cannot handle themselves.

Optional time commitments would be to:

  • attend the organization’s planning committee meeting to find event, exhibit and other information to add to the site in a timely manner. Thus, saving the Executive Director’s valuable time from being spent sending out website update request e-mails.
  • make proposals for additional Cupertino-related historical content to be added to the website.
  • creating content (mainly pictures with captions) directly from events and exhibits of the organization.

The Cupertino Historical Society + Museum website is created using WordPress Elementor. The website was created by hardworking student volunteers who have moved on with their lives. The content for the website is currently being managed by a web design college major. The site is static, with no e-commerce, no stored user submitted content, no backend database, and a minimum of plugins. Unfortunately, even by keeping the site this simple, certain technical issues well beyond the scope of a web designer need attention.

One time volunteer assistance needed:

  • WordPress plugins are easy to install and inactivate but very difficult to remove completely.
  • During the initial development of the website a number of plugins were tried, but now are no longer needed.
  • We could use someone with the expertise of being able to remove them completely from our site.

Optional approximately quarterly assistance requested:

  • Review the website and remove any unused plugins as well as suggest any WordPress technical changes needed to keep the site clean.

Date & Time TBD
Quinlan Community Center

The Cupertino Historical Society + Museum runs quarterly presentations, book signings and oral history panel discussions at the Quinlan Center. The City of Cupertino Parks and Recreation (P&R) Department provides A/V equipment for us to use during the meetings.

We could use someone with audio/visual expertise to help us provide

  • sound enhancement for our speakers,
  • video projection of presentation material, and
  • recording of the event for future online viewing as well as for historical preservation.

Time commitment would be to:

  • attend at least one event planning committee meeting to synchronize efforts.
  • acquire the needed A/V equipment from the P&R Department and check it out prior to the meeting.
  • set up the A/V equipment just before the presentation meeting.
  • operate the equipment during the meeting.
  • tear down the equipment right after the meeting.
  • return the equipment to the P&R Department.
  • provide the event committee with the recordings.

Visitors vote for their favorite kimono (left) and walk through (above) CHSM’s pop-up exhibit for the 2022 Cherry Blossom Festival at Quinlan Community Center. Volunteers helped make this event possible!

Certification:

We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Learn more about the President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.

The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.

A Certifying Organization is an organization that has been granted authority through an application and review process to give out the President’s Volunteer Service Awards to volunteers. Certifying Organizations verify and certify that a volunteer has met the requirements to receive a PVSA within a 12 month period specified by the Certifying Organization. Only Certifying Organizations can certify volunteers’ eligibility for the PVSA and order awards.