Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are our greatest asset.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Shrine.  Volunteers make a difference with hands that serve and hearts that care. We couldn’t do it without you!  Many of these needs can be fulfilled by those of you who are not full-time residents but visit the Shrine at various times of the year.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Grounds Assistance

Use your “green thumb” and help maintain the gardens throughout the year. Depending on the season, you can help plant, mulch, water, dead-head, or remove /add plants in an area and on a day that interests you.

Ambassador

Get your exercise and share your love of our Shrine as you lead scheduled group tours for adults and/or children.  During Masses and events, ensure that all guests have a great experience from the moment they enter the grounds, answering their questions, providing information about the Shrine and assisting with any needs they may have. Distribute information on the Shrine to groups in your home city and parish.

Money Counters

The Shrine is careful to have teams to count our monetary gifts received each week.  If you are good at counting money and documenting the funds, we would love to have you.

Programs

Our program committee needs members.  This group plans our pilgrimages and programs, identifying and engaging speakers, preparing marketing materials, greeting participants at the event and ordering supplies and pamphlets.

Office Angels

Often the first face they see, you will greet our many visitors and provide them with basic information about the Shrine, gardens, services and amenities.  Help us with handling the many letters, phone calls, newsletters, bulletin stuffers and information requests we process.

Summer Masses

Our Masses in the summer have as many as 1500 people attending.  We need, ushers, parking lot assistance, Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristans, Cantors, Lectors and people to hand out bulletins.  Handing out bulletins is also a great way to involve your children.

Food Preparation

Teams prepare and serve meals for our Pilgrimages and other programs.

Special Events Volunteer

Join the excitement when you assist at any of our special events such as Special Masses, pilgrimages, concerts, Christmas Illuminations and many more we offer throughout the year.

Grant/Letter Writing

Fundraising is an ongoing need for all charitable organization like the Shrine.  Put your skills to good use by writing grant letters.

For more information about any of the above volunteer opportunities please email: info@thenationalshrineofmarymotherofthechurch.com or call 573-374-MARY (6279).

Or fill out this interest form:

Volunteer

Waiver of Liability

By volunteering at the Shrine, you are assuming all risk of injury associated with your volunteer participation on the premises of the Shrine or Shrine activities conducted off-site. You are not considered an employee of the Shrine and are not, therefore, covered by the Shrine’s workers’ compensation insurance. By volunteering, you also release the Shrine and its representatives, sponsors, and supervisors from any and all claims, causes of action, and liability arising from or relating to your activities as a volunteer. You agree to comply with all posted safety instructions and follow the directions provided by Shrine staff and assigned supervisors. Firearms and weapons are not permitted on Shrine premises.

Photo/Video Release

By entering our premise, you agree that the Shrine and its representatives may take photographs, videos, and other images of you, and you consent to the Shrine’s use of the photographs, videos, and other images taken or produced. The Shrine may use those items in fundraising, for marketing and promotional purposes, and in electronic media for an unlimited time period, and you will not be entitled to receive any compensation, payment, royalty or other remuneration from the Shrine. If you have questions, concerns or need to discuss photo/video privacy, please contact 573-374-MARY (6279).