Volunteer for Doors Open Milwaukee

Volunteers provide essential support during the event by ensuring that visitors are properly greeted and informed.

Volunteer Greeters can be found stationed at the entrance to all sites controlling admission, answering questions and tracking visitor attendance. Greeters typically work one 4-hour shift, which leaves plenty of time to explore the city for the remainder of the weekend.

As a Volunteer you will

  • Attend an orientation session to prepare you for your volunteer experience (see details below)
  • Work one or more 4-hour shifts at one of over a 160 buildings in the morning or afternoon

Volunteer Orientation

Orientation sessions will be held at the following times at Central Library’s Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth St. Milwaukee, WI 53233: 
Thursday, August 23 at 6 pm
Saturday, August 25 at 10 am

At the orientation sessions you will:

  • Receive your volunteer assignment
  • Learn about Doors Open Milwaukee and meet other volunteers and Doors Open staff
  • Understand what is expected of you as a Doors Open Volunteer and ask questions about the volunteer experience
  • Pick up the Doors Open Volunteer badge that identifies you as an official Doors Open Volunteer and grants you front-of-the-line access at participating sites

Makeup sessions will be offered the mornings of Doors Open, Sept 22 and 23, at 9 am, at the Doors Open HQ: 235 E Michigan St.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Greet visitors at a building site entrance and briefly tell them what to expect at that particular site
  • Track visitor attendance
  • Distribute event program guides
  • Stamp children’s building passports
  • Ask visitors to sign-up for Historic Milwaukee Inc.’s mailing list
  • Solicit donations to maintain Doors Open as a FREE event
  • Work with buildings owners and managers to ensure that visitors follow any necessary building requirements

Why Volunteer?

  • The opportunity to meet other architecture and history enthusiasts!
  • Volunteer badge to cut to the front of line at any participating weekend sites
  • 50% off membership to Historic Milwaukee for new members
  • 10% off at the Historic Milwaukee Gift Shop (expires October 31)
  • 10% off Doors Open T-Shirts and Pins


Please contact Doors Open Milwaukee Volunteer Coordinator: volunteer@historicmilwaukee.org or call Historic Milwaukee at 414-277-7795.