“I volunteered to work as a guide at the Arch Street Meeting House in order to give some help to the Yearly Meeting. I soon found out, however, that the work benefited me considerably. The people who came into the Meeting House were full of questions about Quakerism… More often, I had to do a great deal of thinking about my own Quaker beliefs and practices. I found, and expect to continue finding, that the experience is fascinating and spiritually helpful.”
Ray Bentman, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
-Do you enjoy meeting people from all 50 states and from countries around the world?
-Do you find joy and satisfaction talking about Quakerism to others?
-Do you enjoy answering questions from curious and energetic school children?
The work of Arch Street Interpreters is to:
- give everyone a warm welcome
- provide a Friendly presence in the public areas of the meeting house
- distribute free pamphlets and/or sell literature and gift items
- provide interpretation : Quakerism, faith and practice (all branches), history, ideals, testimonies, and faith in action, past and present
- give historic interpretation for William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania. In this Quaker colony the “Seeds of a Nation” were planted and from them developed the values that define us and our culture as “American”
- provide outreach and hospitality in an inclusive and loving manner.
If you enjoy one or all aspects of the work described above, please consider volunteering a few hours a month.
We are open five days a week, Tuesday though Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arch Street Interpreters can expect:
- Flexible schedules or a consistent time slot, depending on your availability.
- Seasonal work– spring and fall when school children tour historic sites.
- Training material will be provided. Make the interpretation your own.
- Provocative and enriching discussions with other guides and greeters.
- The best volunteer appreciation luncheons!