Volunteers logged 35,011 hours at Old Fort Niagara in 2014
Old Fort Niagara's corps of volunteers and re-enactors logged 35,011 hours at the historic landmark in 2014, which the venue values at more than $550,000 in comparable wages. At 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, the staff will honor and serve breakfast to its dedicated helpers at a volunteer recognition breakfast.
Current and interested volunteers are invited. Old Fort Niagara's staff will serve pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, yogurt and granola, fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. Reservations are required; call 716-745-7611, ext. 221, to reserve a spot.
"Our volunteers are like family, and we are so grateful for their time and dedication," Executive Director Robert Emerson said. "When you break down the 35,011 hours they logged last year, it's the equivalent of 16 additional staff members working 40-hour work weeks for an entire year. That is incredible. We serve this breakfast as one way to show our appreciation for the big impact they make on our organization."
The morning's highpoint will be announcing the "Volunteer of the Year." Each year, OFN chooses a volunteer whose dedication goes above and beyond the expected and who contributes time and talent in a variety of ways. This individual's name will be added to a plaque in the fort's visitor center, which currently honors five others. State Sen. Robert Ortt will present the award at the breakfast.
Those interested in becoming volunteers are invited to the breakfast. They can pick up an application and interact with staff and volunteers. New volunteers are needed to help with the annual "Haunted Fortress" Oct. 17 and 24. The success of this fundraiser relies heavily upon having a large and organized group of helpers.
In addition, Old Fort Niagara offers a range of volunteer opportunities to appeal to many interests and abilities. These include: docent, visitor center docent, military interpreter, foodways interpreter, admissions, exhibits, clothing repair, special events, fundraising and marketing. More details are available under the "Become a Volunteer" link at www.oldfortniagara.org.
Old Fort Niagara (www.oldfortniagara.org) is located in Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown.