Volunteer with the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
Do you have a passion for history?
Enjoy meeting new people?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, volunteer with the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery and join the best group of volunteers around! We have something for everyone!
There Are Many Ways You Can Help!
Tour Guide Program
Join our tour guide program as a Tour Guide Apprentice and become a certified tour guide at Historic Mount Hope Cemetery! Tour guides are an integral part of our team. They engage the public on scheduled walking tours by sharing the history and stories of the many residents of Mount Hope Cemetery.
This is a critical job involving hospitality, registration of tour attendees, selling merchandise, answering questions, and closing after tour events. You will 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.
Gardening Committee volunteers help revitalize and maintain gardens within Mount Hope Cemetery. Individuals, families, and community groups are welcome.
Cradle Grave Program
Cradle Grave Gardeners adopt a cradle grave, which they plant and care for throughout the gardening season.
Cradle graves have been popular burial memorials in Mount Hope Cemetery since the cemetery was founded in 1838. They consist of a headstone (the family monument), a footstone, and two low stone walls connecting them, creating a distinct rectangle designed to hold decorative plantings to memorialize the person buried below. Long since abandoned, cradle graves are being rediscovered, repaired, adopted, and planted!
Landscaping & Grounds Work Groups
Our many landscape volunteers work in collaboration with the City of Rochester to work on projects which are suggested in the City's Master Plan. Every week during all seasons, our teams are hard at work. The City's 2nd Saturday Program of volunteers is operated by the FOMH, and the Friends also participate in the Annual Day of Caring.