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Volunteer Opportunities at Mount Hope Cemetery

Volunteering at Mount Hope offers you a chance to make a personal connection with the cemetery and become an ambassador for this significant community asset and local landmark. 

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Mount Hope Cemetery and the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery are always looking to expand its volunteerism corps. Volunteers work on a variety of activities that help to further the cemetery's mission as a place of beauty and commemoration for families and visitors as well as the preservation of the cemetery's cultural heritage.

A number of opportunities exist, and are briefly explained below.  If you would like to contribute your time, talent and expertise in support of this significant community asset and local landmark, please complete our online form.  You will be contacted for an in-person of telephone interview at which time current opportunities will be discussed.  Please contact us with any questions. Thank you for your interest in Mount Hope.

Gardening/Landscaping

Mount Hope Cemetery is a one-of-a-kind environment that features an extraordinary landscape. Maintaining the vast amount of grounds requires a great deal of volunteer effort and community support. Volunteer contributions in horticultural and landscaping activities allow the cemetery to maintain its high level of natural beauty.

Landscape volunteers help with routine landscaping maintenance (such as mulching, weeding, raking, and planting) and special projects. Events are held every 2nd Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. - noon, April through October. In addition, the cemetery hosts other cleanups throughout the year. Volunteers are led by experienced cemetery landscape professionals. Individuals, families, and religious, school, civic/community or corporate groups are welcome to participate. Tools and beverages are provided to participants.  Please note that landscape volunteers are not required to complete a volunteer application and may participate in the program by simply registering for events. 

Click here for a listing of 2015 events and register on-line.  To organize a custom landscaping event for your group or organization, contact our horticulturist.

Gardening volunteers help revitalize and maintain gardens and significant grave sites within Mount Hope Cemetery. Volunteers are responsible for planting, weeding, and watering specific sites throughout the planting season (May – October) under the direction of a master gardener affiliated with the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. Volunteers provide their own tools, and can choose to work alone or in groups. Individuals, families and community groups are welcome. 

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Administrative and Research Opportunities

Office volunteers accomplish a variety of tasks, including greeting visitors, and performing basic administrative work and historical and genealogical research.  Opportunities vary based on the current needs of the cemetery.

Tour Guides

The Friends of Mount Hope host a variety of cemetery tours throughout the year and provide training sessions for people interested in becoming a tour guide. This training includes cemetery orientation, biographical information on early residents, and accompanying an experienced tour guide. This is a wonderful way to share your enthusiasm and experience in local history with cemetery visitors.

Docents

Docents enhance the experience of visitors by greeting guests, distributing helpful brochures and maps, and providing general information relating to the cemetery’s “permanent residents” and scheduled events.  An orientation session is afforded for people interested in becoming docents.

Support for Special Events

Special events volunteers greet and register event participants, sell merchandise, and serve refreshments, and set-up for special programming among many duties.

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Fundraising

Volunteers assist in myriad activities associated with specific fundraising campaigns, including public relations and planning and participating in events. The cemetery’s current focus is a two-year fundraising campaign, Reforest Mount Hope, which was kicked off on October 3, 2013. The campaign’s goal is to raise $70,000 to replant between 200 and 250 trees at Mount Hope. Click here to view the progress of the Reforest Mount Hope campaign.

Photography

Photographers-in-Residence capture the natural beauty of the cemetery and documents special events through the use of their cameras.  A Photographer-in-Residence must agree to sign a user agreement that allows the City of Rochester, owner of the cemetery, to use the images created to promote Mount Hope, including their use in promotional materials, social media, web sites, and advertising.

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