Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is HistoriCorps?
HistoriCorps is a preservation initiative modeled after community service programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps. Started in 2009, HistoriCorps is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education.
2. Who can participate?
You! We encourage the involvement of a variety of volunteers, veterans, youth and students in HistoriCorps projects. As with all our projects, participants should be healthy, active and enthusiastic. Although previous construction experience is not required, it is encouraged. All crew members must be physically fit and be willing to work in variable weather and high altitudes.
Many of our volunteer opportunities include tasks appropriate for children ages 14 and above. However, please consult the scope of work section to confirm the project is appropriate for the youth involvement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or part of an organized group.
3. Where do I sign up for volunteer opportunities?
Volunteer opportunities will be posted in February of 2015, so stay tuned! Postings by HistoriCorps will be listed by date. Select the desired event and click “Register”.
4. Are there fees associated with volunteer opportunities?
Generally, no. The project page will expressly state fees, if there are any.
5. What are the lodging accommodations?
Many of HistoriCorps’ projects are located in remote locations. These projects often require camping on the site. Projects in less remote areas may have hotels or rental cabins available as lodging options. Links to individual projects include information regarding the location of each of the planned HistoriCorps projects and if lodging is available on-site.
6. How do I get to the site?
Transportation to the site is the responsibility of the participant. Very remote sites may not be accessible by passenger vehicle and may require a short hike into the site. Individual project pages include information regarding location and access of each site.
8. Can I get community service credit for volunteering with HistoriCorps?
HistoriCorps offers many partnership opportunities, including partnerships with local universities. To find out about current partnerships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the educational institution from which you wish to obtain credit.
9. Additional information about HistoriCorps restrictions:
Volunteers are required to follow all federal, state and local laws while on site. As with any job site, safety is paramount. Volunteers cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the job site.
In order to provide a safe job site free from potential distractions or conflicts, pets are not allowed on the job site. If you are planning to camp in an RV near the site, pets must be confined within your campsite during working hours.
10. Does Historicorps provide any type of insurance coverage for volunteers that are injured while on a project?
Historicorps recognizes that injuries are a possibility when working on projects of this nature. We appreciate the time volunteers contribute to us, so we provide Blanket Accident coverage to volunteers as a part of our insurance program. This product is designed to provide a limited ($25,000) benefit for medical expenses, accidental death or dismemberment. The product is not designed to replace traditional insurance, so it is advisable that Historicorps volunteers carry their own medical coverage.