The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation relies heavily on volunteers. These people are of vital importance to our success. Volunteers help out in many areas from holding a leadership role on our Board of Trustees to assisting with mailings to giving tours to the thousands of school children who visit each year.
We are very proud of our group of Vietnam Veterans who provide tours all year long during all types of weather conditions. While our Vietnam Veteran Tour Guides are vital to our success, there are other groups of volunteers that are just as responsible for our achievements, behind the scenes of helping out at the front desk.
They assist with the research and record keeping, updating files; and are essential when it comes to a wide variety of mailings and outreach. While these volunteers may not be visible as our Vietnam Veterans' their contributions are no less important to our continued success.
To learn more about our volunteers click on their names to read a brief biography. If you are thinking of going on a tour with a Vietnam Veteran tour guide or already went on one, this is a great way to learn more about their stories.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is always looking for new volunteers to assist us throughout the year. If you are interested in joining our volunteers please contact Sarah Hagarty at [email protected] Volunteer opportunities include:
Front Desk Volunteers
We are looking for friendly people who are interested in greeting Museum guests. Tasks include taking admissions, ringing up gift shop sales, and answering questions. Other tasks may be assigned as they come up. Volunteers must be comfortable talking with people and have the ability to use a simple cash register (we will tutor you!). You should also enjoy speaking with visitors and responding to inquiries.
Volunteers for this position are needed for our regular operating hours: Tuesday – Friday, from 10 AM – 4 PM. You can choose which days you would like to work and what hours are best for you. You do not need to commit to a whole day, we generally have two shifts - 10 AM - 1 PM and 1PM - 4 PM.
Vietnam Veteran Tour Guides
We always need Vietnam Veterans to play an active role in educating students. Volunteer tour guides are crucial participants in our school tours. All of the factual information provided to the students during their visit is enhanced by your personal story. Students want to hear your experiences to make the history come alive.
Please note we are not currently accepting new tour guides
Typical questions include:
- How old were you when you went to Vietnam?
- Did you want to go?
- What did you do in Vietnam?
- What do you remember most?
These questions often take a conversation into a dozen different directions. When asked what they remember most about their tour, 99% of the students say it was the Vietnam Veteran who took the time to share his/her story.