Arch Street Interpreters

Arch-orig-2“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

Help is needed for the busy spring tour schedule at Arch Street Meeting House! Have fun greeting visitors from schools and from all over the world at the historic Arch Street Meeting House. Extra help is needed to support our seasoned guides during this busy time- you do not have to commit to a permanent role, but your extra Friendly presence would be much appreciated! This is a great opportunity to provide Friendly outreach and to learn more about the Arch Street Interpretation program by working beside experienced guides. Contact Tricia Coscia, Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@pym.org 215 241-7238

-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!