Volunteer and Support

The member houses of the Charms of Fairmount Park need dedicated volunteers & resources to maintain and preserve them for future generations.  Please consider how you might become involved as a trained guide for visitors and assist at special events.  Or perhaps you can give your time to assist with office tasks, marketing, social media, promotional needs or other special skills that you have to offer.

And, of course, financial tax-deductible donations to the houses are much appreciated and help to continue vital preservation and outreach programming efforts. 

We value the dedication of our volunteers and generous gifts from our donors. Thank You!


Help Spread holiday cheer in fairmount park!

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy are actively seeking volunteers to serve in a new role at the six Fairmount Park historic house museums.

"Holiday Hosts" will assist with the Christmas Open House and other holiday events at Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion and Woodford.  

 Holiday Hosts will:

   Learn more about Fairmount Park's historic house museums

   Discover Philadelphia holiday traditions and winter pastimes

   Share these stories with the public

   Foster a festive and welcoming experience for guests

 Previous knowledge of the Fairmount Park houses or tour guide experience is not necessary. All interested volunteers must attend a short training session to learn more about the historic houses and the details of this year’s holiday experience. 

Volunteers need to attend either one of the following orientation sessions:

Thursday, October 8 - 10am to 12pm

or

Saturday, October 17 - 10am to 12pm

 Sessions will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Seminar Room. Complimentary parking in the Museum garage will be provided.

 For more information, please email holidayhosts2015@gmail.com.


Contact each house to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Each house accepts donations via individual stewardship organizations, noted below.   These organizations maintain 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the tax form 990 filed annually with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Cedar Grove:  Museum memberships and donations can be made through the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There are many ways to make a tax-deductible donation to the Museum, and a variety of areas to which you may consider directing your gift. 

Laurel Hill: The organization Women for Greater Philadelphia serves to preserve Laurel Hill.  Donations can be made to: Women for Greater Philadelphia, 510 Walnut Street, 16th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Call (215) 235-1776 or visit www.laurelhillmansion.org for more information.                 

Lemon Hill:  The Friends of Lemon Hill are committed to preserving and restoring the mansion and grounds, and educating children and adults about the 19th century. Whether you are interested in art, architecture, early American history, or landscaping, an annual membership provides benefits and supports the house efforts.

Mount Pleasant: Museum memberships and donations can be made through the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There are many ways to make a tax-deductible donation to the Museum, and a variety of areas to which you may consider directing your gift. The

Sweetbriar

Strawberry Mansion: The Committee of 1926 acts as the steward of the house and are dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of Strawberry Mansion.  Donations can be made to: The Committee of 1926, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

Woodford:  The Naomi Wood Trust manages the efforts to operate, educate, and preserve Woodford.  Donations can be made to:  Lawrence Berger, Trustee, The Naomi Wood Trust, Woodford, East Fairmount Park, 33rd & Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19132.


Official registration details and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, 1-800-732-0999.