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National Service Enterprise Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2015
CONTACT: Kelly Young, 317.753.3258, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presidential Site Awarded First Service Enterprise Certification in Indiana

(Indianapolis, IN) – The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site announced it has just received certification as a Service Enterprise by United Way of Central Indiana and Points of Light. With this designation, the Presidential Site has become part of an elite group of organizations in the United States to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

"The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is honored to be among the first organizations in the country—and the first in Indiana—to be awarded Service Enterprise Certification," said Charles Hyde, President & CEO, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. "This is about organizations respecting their volunteers, and offering meaningful opportunities for service. Our certification speaks to the high caliber of the Presidential Site's volunteers, the richness of our volunteer program and the dedicated service of our staff. I am proud of what this exceptional team has accomplished together, and you can expect even more great things to come."

With support from United Way of Central Indiana, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site completed an extensive assessment and certification process that led to this recognition. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work. Service Enterprises effectively utilize volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of their organizations.

Alan Witchey, the Volunteer Center Director at United Way of Central Indiana, said, "We have been impressed by the dedication and commitment of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to create an engaging environment for its volunteers. It was clear from the beginning that they are committed to building on their current successful volunteer program and exploring opportunities to strategically engage volunteers and providing an even more effective, volunteer-powered program. We couldn't be more thrilled and proud that this is happening right here in Central Indiana, and that the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is the first organization in the state to achieve this notable recognition."

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please visit www.bhpsite.org/give/volunteer. For further information regarding the Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit www.pointsoflight.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer-1The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has an incredible
 Volunteer Association with ample opportunities, and we 
are interested in growing! Do you like history? Meeting new people? 
Interaction with the public? Working with school children? Join us!



Positions

  • Docent
  • Education Assistant
  • Archival/Curatorial Assistant
  • Clerical/Mailing/Office Assistant
  • Special Events Assistant
  • Writer/Journalist/Public Relations Assistant
  • Enactors
  • Gardener (positions are filled at this time)
  • Internships (non-paid) and work-study opportunities are sometimes available in various departments (i.e. education, curator, development, events, marketing, etc.)

volunteer-2Why Volunteer?

  • To continue learning and growing.
  • To develop new interests and friendships.
  • To participate in educating school children and the 
general public about the life and times of Benjamin Harrison and his family.
  • To promote patriotism and citizenship.
  • To contribute to the preservation of our historical and architectural heritage.
  • To be a part of a Service Enterprise Certified organization.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • To participate in training and continuing education.
  • To be reliable and punctual.
  • To adhere to the same professional standards as paid Site staff.
  • To accurately record hours worked.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, please contact:


Director of Volunteers

(317) 631-1888 

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“An American citizen could not be a good citizen who did not have a hope in his heart.” ~ Benjamin Harrison

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