Do you want to help bring history to life for adults and children? Help us share the past with the present by volunteering at the John Wornall House or the Alexander Majors House (or both!). We rely on our volunteers to maintain the success of the Houses. Training is provided for all volunteers. Volunteers also receive free or discounted admission to Wornall/Majors events, and are invited to special volunteer outings and social gatherings.
Docents guide visitors though the Wornall House and/or the Majors House for one-hour educational tours. Our docents are the friendly faces that educate our visitors about the history of Kansas City and its residents. We provide training for all docents, as well as supplementary educational opportunities.
Time Commitment: Tours are offered at the Wornall House Wednesday-Sunday and at the Majors House Saturday-Sunday. Docent shifts are 2 hours (morning shift) or 3 hours (afternoon shift). We typically ask that docents consider volunteering 2 days a month. If you are unavailable for a regular shift, we also need special event docents for private tours, field trips and special events.
Field Trip Volunteers
Do you enjoy working with children? We need volunteers to help us run fun and engaging activities for children. Activities include butter making, making corn husk dolls, and other hands-on presentations. Training is provided.
Time Commitment: Varies – field trips are most common during the late spring, but we have children’s groups at the Houses throughout the year. Our volunteer coordinator will email you with upcoming opportunities, and you choose the ones that fit your schedule.
Help us to set up and tear down for educational and fundraising events, decorate for special events, or help with check-in or registration. All event volunteers receive free admission to the event they are volunteering for.
Time Commitment: The Museums host 1-2 events per month. Time commitment per event varies, but typically ranges from 2-5 hours.
We welcome young volunteers! Children ages 6-12 can help us by dressing in costume during special events. Children aged 12 and up can train to become junior docents to give tours of the house, or join us as summer camp volunteers.
Time Commitment: Varies based on your availability. All volunteer hours meet community service hours required by many schools.
House and Grounds Maintenance
We have several grounds cleanup days throughout the year to keep the lawns of the Houses looking beautiful, and to complete small maintenance and indoor cleaning projects. Children are also welcome to volunteer at our cleanup days.
Time Commitment: Typically two days a year, although we do sometimes have additional special projects. If you have other special skills or interests in gardening or maintenance, let us know!
We offer internship opportunities throughout the year. Please visit our Jobs & Internships page for more information.
The Museums have a “wish list” of one-time specific projects we would like to complete. View the complete list here.
How to Volunteer:
Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Palmer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-444-1858.