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Volunteer Newsletter December/January

Thank you for making this space a very special place!

This bi-monthly newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all things Allerton, including upcoming opportunities and training.

Gardens are Ready for Winter

Thank you to all of the volunteers that have been helping over the last few weeks with garden clean-up. We appreciate all of your hard work pulling annuals, planting bulbs, raking, mulching and preparing our gardens for the winter months. We wouldn't be able to do all of this without your help!

Tour Guide Training a Success

Thanks to all who joined us for the last tour guide training of the year. Eight volunteers came out on November 16 and are well on their way to leading tours!

Join us for Holiday Activities

Come out to enjoy the opening night of the Winter Wellness Light Walk Opening & Holiday Showcase, December 13-15.

Come out to see Allerton staff during the Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 7 at 11:30am in downtown Monticello.

New Volunteer Management System

Allerton's new volunteer portal Better Impact will go into effect on January 1, 2020. This system will make it easier for volunteers to apply, sign up to help, and keep track of their hours. The portal is desktop and mobile-friendly.

You will see 2020 opportunities in the new portal as they become available. Reach out to Katie at kmblacke@illinois.edu if you have any questions when creating your profile or signing up for jobs. Here are some helpful links if you need more assistance when setting up your profile.

Training & Opportunities

Sweets with Santa | Sunday, December 1 | 1:30-5pm

Help with holiday crafts, cookie decorating, and more.

Holiday Showcase | Friday - Sunday, December 13-15

Opportunities include parking, greeting visitors, working at Allerton table and luncheon.

Don't forget - volunteering for any of the Holiday Events allows you free admittance to the Holiday Showcase to shop and enjoy!

Holiday Mansion Tours | Tuesday and Thursday, December 17 & 19

Tours are 50 minutes, beginning at 5pm, and concluding at 9pm. Tour Guide Trainees are welcome to shadow these tours by contacting Mindy at brand@illinois.edu.

Orange Trail Nature Hike Training | Saturday, January 11 | 9:30am

We rely very heavily on our wonderful volunteers to lead tours for visitors that come from all around the region. We invite you to become part of that group of leaders! On Saturday, January 11 learn how to lead visitors on the Orange Trail. Look for sign up when you create your Better Impact volunteer profile.

From all of us at Allerton, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Allerton Park and Retreat Center

515 Old Timber Road | Monticello, IL | 61856

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