Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some great ways to get to know other people in the group and be certain that you are part of helping things work so well! This is fun and satisfying, no matter what level of activity you want to do.

Refreshments at a meeting: A clipboard circulates at the end of the year for signups to bring certain refreshment items to a regular meeting. We also appreciate help setting up, cleaning up, and taking out the trash after the meeting. Contact: Barbara Heebner.

At monthly meetings: Help set up badges, or prepare the meeting room (close the divider, set up tables), set up the mini session classroom, greet new arrivals, help people sign in, and help tidy the rooms afterwards. Contact Sue Naegeli, or Francie Kennedy.

Annual Seminar in October: Our society is often complimented by members of other societies about how friendly, welcoming, and well-organized it is, and how many members are actively involved in creating the seminar! This is all because of YOU… so see Arlene O’Donnell if you would like to volunteer for: set-up the evening before, setting up and re-filling refreshments during the seminar, staffing tables for our society and its programs, selling opportunity drawing tickets, selling costume jewelry or used books, greeting arrivals, handing out badges and the seminar packet, and/or cleanup afterwards. Contact Arlene O’Donnell.

Docents for our genealogy section of the Mission Viejo Library have a great opportunity to work on their own research using our computers, while also assisting patrons at computers who are using all of our subscription databases. Can’t commit to a regular monthly or weekly shift? Substitutes are always welcome, and training is provided. Contact Francie Kennedy.

Share your knowledge at a 20-30 minute mini session before the meeting! Each of us knows something that others would love to learn. Whether it is telling us about a website that is useful in your genealogy research, or a resource you have found, a library or archive you visited, a technique, how to research in a certain state, a historic event and the records available about it, some technology or tool you like, a recent trip and what you discovered – think of it as an expansion of the brief “Brick Walls and Discoveries” section of the general membership meeting – tell your story more fully here to an audience of friendly and enthusiastic members of your society.

You don’t have to be a professional speaker or an expert, just share with your friends what you know! If you want visual aids or handouts, we can help create and present them. PowerPoint is not required, and handouts are helpful. Talk to any board member about your ideas; to get on the schedule or learn more, our coordinator is Melissa Cottrell.

Thank you for volunteering!