The Shore Line Trolley Museum is almost entirely volunteer staffed and run. We depend on our members and other volunteers of all ages and from all over the country to help preserve history and share the museum and our trolleys with visitors. Volunteering is a great way to meet people with like interests; to acquire new (and often centuries-old) skills; to learn about history, culture, economy and more. No matter what your skills or interests, we can find a volunteer position for you!
Below are just a few of the ways you can help. Feel free to contact us for further information or to get involved!
Volunteers learn to operate the trolley. Becoming a trolley operator requires 4-5 full days of training in safe and proper operating practices, historical background, and techniques for working with the visiting public, and you must pass written and road tests. Training classes are held every year in the spring. You must be 18 or older. Contact us to learn more!
Volunteers can help inspect and restore the many mechanical and decorative aspects of our trolley cars. Volunteers are also needed to maintain track and lay new track, help with line (the trolley wire) work, maintain storage buildings, and make sure the grounds are kept safe and attractive for visitors. Current maintenance projects vary with current needs and season, so contact us to see how you can help! Prior knowledge of certain trades can help, but it’s certainly not required – many volunteers learn from other members on projects.
Marketing, public affairs, and outreach
Volunteers can help spread the word about the Shore Line Trolley museum through community outreach, working with our marketing partners, and more. Contact us to see how you can help.
We need you!
Many of our volunteers help out in more than one of these areas, and most of them have learned new skills here – we weren’t born knowing how to restore 100 year old trolleys! So don’t hesitate to ask how you can get involved.
All volunteer hours are recognized, through our newsletter and our annual tabulation of volunteer hours. The Shore Line Trolley Museum is a 501(c)3 organization so travel, meal and lodging expenses associated with volunteering may be tax-deductible (always consult a tax professional).