For anyone looking to serve the community and enjoy doing it,
consider the Sanibel Historical Village.
An island institution since 1984, the village’s mission is to preserve, share, and celebrate
Sanibel’s history. “We welcomed more than 10,000 guests last year,” said executive
director Emilie Alfino. “People are interested in learning about Sanibel’s history, and we
couldn’t meet their expectations without our volunteers.”
New volunteers are always needed at the village. Interested people are encouraged to
attend the village’s Fall Gathering for Volunteers at 4 p.m. on October 30, at the
clubhouse at Sunset South, 1341 Middle Gulf Drive. “It’s a good chance for people to get
to know each other, to meet our team of volunteers, and to hear what the village is all
about,” Alfino said.
Training begins November 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. and continues November 13 from 1 to 3
p.m. Both sessions will be held in Shore Haven at the village.
“There are many different things for volunteers to do, from being a docent to
decorating to planning a luncheon, so anyone can find a comfortable spot among our
village family,” Alfino said. “It’s a fun place to volunteer.”
Interested people can call 472-4648 and talk to Emilie or Jan.
The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional
charge, depending on docent availability. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950
Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for
adults over 18. Members and children are free.