Volunteer

Volunteers are vital here

Email your area(s) of interest, and a brief note on why, to Executive Director Lori Salganicoff at lori@chconservancy.org


 

GALA PLANNING AND PRODUCTION
Deploy your eye for detail, sense of style, community connections, and passion for socializing to put on two of Chestnut Hill’s most fabulous annual events! No small cause, the Perennial Fete garden party (June) and the Preservation Celebration/Architectural Hall of Fame gala (November) together raise a significant piece of our operating pie and are thrilling to participate in.

PUBLIC-PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Brainstorm, develop program concepts, suggest speakers and experts, and make it happen! Current programs include architecture lectures, walking tours showcasing urban history, and the “Ask the Experts” home and garden series providing practical information in old-property care.

PROGRAM AND MEMBERSHIP MARKETING
Help engage the public with our mission through engaging activities and compelling member benefits. Attend our lectures and tours while helping with set-up, welcoming, sales, and membership promotion. Spread the word through traditional and digital media about the great things that the Chestnut Hill Conservancy offers. (Take a look at our membership and program brochures.)

 

PRESERVATION WORK
Use your understanding of architecture and/or urban planning to help us with proactive preservation-planning efforts, such as surveying, mapping, and research in one of the largest National Historic Districts. Help with advocacy efforts to prevent unnecessary destruction of intact resources in your neighborhood by rallying your neighbors into an effective coalition (with our guidance).

 

CONSERVATION WORK
The Chestnut Hill Conservancy is the nation’s first urban accredited land trust. Easements, or donated development rights, are a powerful tool for protecting the Wissahickon watershed, water quality, native flora and fauna, and the area’s matchless urban-village character in the face of surging development pressure. Help us manage the easements we hold and promote this tool to interested parties.

 

ARCHIVES WORK
The Chestnut Hill and Wissahickon Archives tell the story of Chestnut Hill through 20,000+ photographs, maps, drawings, deeds, and other types of documents. It’s fascinating! Help us catalog this history under the guidance of professional archivists.

 

GARDENING
Did you know, at our headquarters out back, we have a charming Native Plant Demonstration Garden? Designed for community members interested in environmentally sensitive landscaping, it features trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns, all native to our area. Help with spring and fall clean-up and summer maintenance, and meet fellow gardeners.