Every arts organization relies on its corps of volunteers. At Steepletop we are no different, especially now with the economic situation forcing so many changes in the way we operate.
Since the office opened in February, 2007 we have been seeking, and putting to useful work, a hardy bunch of volunteers who have brought different skills to bear on what we do here. One woman works twice a week for a total of five and a half hours on cataloging chores that have produced useful research tools for us and for researchers who contact us for information.
A team of volunteer librarians are doing a thorough catalogue of Millay’s private library, a principal collection at Steepletop, which is intact and in place in the house (unlike the Edith Wharton library – now in place at The Mount – which had to be purchased from a private collector in England).
Garden volunteers have helped with the initial reconstruction of both the wildflower garden and the kitchen garden. Another volunteer-expert is available to identify non-hybrid roses. Groups of youngsters from two different schools in Columbia County have helped with garden clean-up and maintenance.
One clerical volunteer has made filing, and using those files, possible. The same Volunteer also repainted the foyer floor for us.
Docent training has begun for garden tours and will continue with house tour training in the Spring.
We need more people who can give more time. Plans to honor our volunteers in different ways include special year-end surprises, a party, and other ways to reward the selfless gift of time, energy and expertize.
Please print out the forms and send them to us. Your help could make the difference.