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Volunteer Newsletter FALL 2019

Welcome to the first addition of the newsletter that has been created exclusively for you, our volunteers!

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

Volunteer Appreciation Event

On Tuesday, October 1, over 50 volunteers came out the the meadow to enjoy dinner, conversation, and music by Pete Stillwell. This was just a small token of our appreciation for all of the work you do to make this space a place, for so many people! Thank you!!

Pete Stillwell performing at appreciation event. PC: Gary Simms

Track your hours, make an impact!

In January, volunteers will be introduced to a new volunteer management system called Better Impact. This portal will allow potential volunteers to apply and current volunteers to sign up for opportunities and track their hours. This volunteer portal will streamline our systems as well as be a great way to keep our volunteers informed and engaged in one place! More info coming your way soon!

NEW! Join Allerton Volunteers on FB

Make sure to join the Allerton Volunteer Facebook group to stay up-to-date on opportunities, discussions, and current news pertaining to volunteers.

Opportunities & Training

Tour Guides | Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22 & 23

These tours will be fun! This group is having a 2-day reunion in the Mansion and they have requested a golf cart ride around the gardens. The group will be approximately 4 people each day.

Herb Garden Cleanup | Wednesday, October 23 | 9am-12pm

It’s time to put the gardens to bed for the winter. Come help us get the cutting/herb garden cleaned up for the season. Please park in the main parking lot and meet us in the Herb Garden.

Triangle Garden Cleanup | Friday, October 25 | 9am-12pm

It’s time to put the gardens to bed for the winter. Come help us get the Triangle Garden cleaned up for the season. Please park in the Visitor Center/Cafe parking lot and meet us in the Triangle Garden.

Planting Preparation | Wednesday, October 30 | 9am-12pm

After a beautiful fall the seasonal mums have to be pulled out and sent to the compost pile as we prepare for bulb planting! We will be working in a variety of places but please park in the Visitor Center/Café lot and meet us by the café.

Bulb Planting | Thursday, October 31 | 9am-12pm

With over 2300 bulbs to get in the ground we need your help! Come out to the park for some nice fall weather and spring bulb planting as we anticipate the beautiful spring blooms! We will be working in a variety of places but please park in the Visitor Center/Café lot and meet us by the Café.

Formal Garden Cleanup | Friday, November 1 | 9am-12pm

Formal gardens need lots of attention even in the off season! Please join us as we finish some of the last garden tasks before winter sets in. We will be working in a variety of places but please park in the Visitor Center/Café lot and meet us by the Café.

Tour Guide Training | Saturday, November 16th | 10am-12pm

If you have a flair for public speaking and you love Allerton and/or history, then you absolutely should attend this training!

Visitors from near and far come to experience Allerton - and the knowledge & personality of a good Tour Guide makes their experience a great one.

The training process is structured but flexible. We can help you get from your starting point to fully graduated Tour Guide as your schedule allows.

Light Walk | November 18, 19, 20 | 9am-12:00pm, 12:30-3:30pm

Please join us in getting into the festive holiday spirit as we prepare for our annual light walk! We will be working in a variety of places, testing light strings, hauling totes/decorations, and stringing hedges and trees. Please park in the Visitor Center/Café lot and meet us by the café.

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

We are switching things up for the holiday tours this year! Guests can attend an evening tour only or purchase a tour + dinner from the Greenhouse Cafe.

Trainees are welcome to shadow these tours. Send Mindy an email if you would like to shadow (brand@illinois.edu) Sign up!

Allerton Park and Retreat Center | 515 Old Timber Road | Monticello, IL | 61856

Credits:

Created with images by Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • pixel2013 - "autumn fall leaves leaves" • Paul Hanaoka - "untitled image" • Tim Bennett - "untitled image"