Volunteer

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The Alpena Lighthouse is in need of volunteers for various activities such as fundraising, organizing and giving tours, planning special events, grant writing, publicity, general house keeping and cleaning the lighthouses interiors regularly, etc. Your volunteerism could be a “one-shot” contribution or a regularly scheduled donation of your talents.

More than 108 years of constant use and weathering the elements for the South Pierhead light has left the lighthouse in need of repairs. The lantern room was re-used from the 1871 lighthouse, making it 140 years old. The South Breakwater light is 80 years old. Mother natures toll on both lighthouses since they were built has left the structures in need of extensive repair. Both lighthouses require complete interior renovation and exterior restoration. The South Pierhead lighthouse, the main light tours will be given of requires some interior modifications and we would also like to work on a few projects with the Army Corps of Engineers on the pier such as an ADA ramp and installing grating to cover a trench in the pier.

We hope to locate dedicated community residents and volunteers to not only help restore these historic treasures, but doing so will create a new community resource for both children and adults. With your help, we will succeed in preserving and maintaining these historic properties for your use.

NOTE: There is no lodging available of any type at the lighthouses, any volunteers must provide their own lodging and food.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy prohibits discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. The lighthouse towers are not ADA accessible for example, but other volunteer opportunities exist.

Privacy Act Statement: Collection and use of personal information is for use by Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy only. The data will be used to maintain official records of volunteers and not shared outside of Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this online form below or download the PDF version and mail it in to us and you will be contacted.
Volunteer with Alpena Lighthouse

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) is an IRS registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote the preservation of Michigan’s lighthouses and lifesaving station structures and the artifacts associated with them. MLC works to help restore lighthouse and life-saving structures and create appropriate reuses of these properties.