Volunteers at the USS KIDD help to augment our small staff and make many programs and events possible. There are many different areas in which you may lend your time and assistance for the betterment of both the memorial and the community. Many academic youth groups are required to dedicate a certain number of hours each month or year toward community service. Additionally, many retired individuals (ages 55+) contribute their time each month through the Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the East Baton Rouge Parish Council On Aging. If you're looking for a way to contribute to the community, then come down to the river and join the team! We'd love to have you aboard.
Our personnel guide thousands of tourists through the passageways of the KIDD each year, whether school field trips or shore tours from visiting riverboats. Tour guides are responsible not only for conveying the history of this great ship and her crew, but also for the safety and well-being of each member of their group. A minimum of eight (8) hours per month is required to volunteer in this area. If you are interested in joining the team, download a Volunteer Application form today.
Restoration & Maintenance
The USS KIDD has been restored through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who augment our shipboard staff. Though many are veterans lending their technical expertise, military experience is not required.
All types of labor are welcome: electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters, painters, housekeeping, rope work, canvas work, gunner's mates / artillerymen, etc. A minimum of eight (8) hours per month is required to volunteer in this area. If you are interested in joining the team, download a Volunteer Application form today.
Volunteers at our Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the museum encounter a wide variety of questions from our guests. In addition to maintaining security on the floor, the Information Desk personnel provide information on the museum exhibits, restaurants in the area, driving directions, other attractions in downtown Baton Rouge, hotels, etc. It allows a great opportunity for you to meet people from all over the world and to serve as an ambassador for your city.
A minimum of eight (8) hours per month is required to volunteer in this area. If you are interested in joining the team, download a Volunteer Application form today.
Living History Program
We need interested individuals to help to demonstrate and interpret the various historical eras in which Louisiana's sons and daughter have been called to arms. Through "hands-on history," our visitors will come away with a better understanding of what they have seen and heard. In addition to having young people to represent our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, we need the actual veterans themselves to lend their expertise to make that portrayal that much more accurate. Contact us via email today.
Field Day Program
Can't volunteer aboard ship regularly? The Field Day program may be the volunteer opportunity for you.
Volunteers who cannot attend regularly can instead help withshipboard restoration duringthe Field Day.Participants in the Fall Field Day aboard the USS KIDD assist in the restoration work of this historic vessel. Participants bunk aboard ship throughout the weekend and enjoy hands-on involvement in various work projects ranging from restoration of the ship's engineering spaces to painting and chipping, polishing brass, and more. All types of labor are welcome: electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters, painters, housekeeping, rope work, canvas work, gunner's mates / artillerymen, etc. Registration fees cover your meals for the weekend: $35 (Th-Sun) and $25 (Fri-Sun).
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