Choptank River Lighthouse seeks ‘keepers’ for 2017

CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation is looking to expand its roster of volunteer “keepers” at the Choptank River Lighthouse for the coming season. Keepers staff the Lighthouse on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between May 1 and Nov. 1.

“Our volunteers serve as goodwill ambassadors not just for the Lighthouse itself, but for our whole community,” says Cassie Burton, the president of the board of the nonprofit foundation. The foundation’s mission is to promote the Lighthouse and enhance the experiences it offers to visitors.

Lighthouse volunteers are asked to sign up for just one shift per month. During that shift, they are responsible for greeting visitors and telling them about the Lighthouse and how it speaks to the maritime heritage of Dorchester County and the Eastern Shore.
Volunteers will be asked to attend a brief training session in April. There is also a guidebook of information available to keepers at the Lighthouse.

“One thing we’ve learned is that our Lighthouse visitors are eager to soak in all the local contact and expertise they can find,” Ms. Burton says. “They want to know about our culture and history, and they just love getting advice from local insiders about all the other great attractions and businesses they can visit.”

To sign up or learn more about this and other volunteer opportunities at the Lighthouse, call Jim Duffy at 410-463-2653 or email ChoptankLighthouseKeepers@gmail.com.

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