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The City of Rochester and the Friends of Mount Hope sponsor a monthly 2nd Saturday volunteer experience at Mount Hope Cemetery, focusing on a variety of landscape projects. Hopefully these events will continue once a month through November.

volunteers clear leaves from gravesitesOn July 11th a most enthusiastic group of city volunteers and members of Community on Tap worked on raking a huge area in Section K.

 FOMH leaders this month were Tom Jones and Tony Flier, and Lindsay Reardon organized the Community on Tap participants.

Those who are interested in volunteering for future "Second Saturday" events should register in advance using the Contact Us tab above. The group works for two hours, 9 to 11 a.m. All volunteers wear masks and follow social distancing and hand washing rules.

This monthly service project is much appreciated by all of us who are working hard to keep the cemetery beautiful. Come join us!



Currently the Friends of Mount Hope Tour Committee is making plans for the upcoming season of tours and events. Volunteers are especially needed to fill the role of gatehouse receptionist. See the description below, and please consider joining our team!

Send us your contact information if you would like to volunteer occasionally. Opportunities include assisting with our October Torch Light Tours and other special events.
Time commitment:  Several hours on a particular day as needed

To volunteer, please use the CONTACT US tab above, entering Contact Us in the subject line.

Landscape Committee volunteers help revitalize and maintain gardens and significant grave sites within Mount Hope Cemetery. They are responsible for planting, weeding and watering their sites throughout the planting season (May-October) under the direction of a master gardener. 

Volunteers provide their own tools, and can choose to work alone or in groups. Individuals, families and community groups are welcome.

Time Commitment: several hours per month.

For more information or to sign up for the Landscape Committee,
please use the CONTACT US tab above, entering Contact Us in the subject line.

This is a critical job involving registration of tour attendees, selling merchandise, answering questions, and closing up after tour events. You'll meet new people, learn about cemetery and Rochester history, and know that you are helping  to inspire community interest in our local heritage. No experience necessary -- training is provided. Your help will be most appreciated!

Time commitment:  Approximately 3 hours a month from May to October. Choose which dates are best for you.To volunteer, please use the CONTACT US tab above, entering Contact Us in the subject line, and give us your contact information. You may also call our telephone line (585) 461-3494 and leave a message. A tour committee member will get in touch with you.

The Friends of Mount Hope host a variety of cemetery tours throughout the year and provide training sessions for people interested in becoming a tour guide.  This training includes cemetery orientation, biographical information on early residents, and accompanying an experienced tour guide.  This is a wonderful way to share your enthusiasm and expertise in local history with our many visitors.

Time commitment:  Several hours of instruction. Thereafter 4 to 8 hours a month from May to the end of October.
To volunteer,
please use the CONTACT US tab above, entering Contact Us in the subject line.