Sandcastles would not be a possibility without volunteers! Our amazing volunteers make families feel welcome and assist in keeping the museum in tip top shape each day. We have over 100 wonderful, active Sandcastles volunteers. However, as we have grown and become a favorite destination for families, we have found that we are always looking for even more volunteers! It is a chance to "give back to the community," use your skills, meet new people, and make a difference in children's lives. You can volunteer for one hour, one day, one week, a day a week, whatever works for you.

Volunteers for Museum Hours: Spring, Summer and Fall/Winter 2016

Volunteer Coordinator Darlene Ponko schedules volunteers to work during museum hours. Volunteers work with the hired staff. They interact with children, sweep the floor, organize materials, and do whatever needs to be done.

Name your own schedule! Volunteers can come in once, twice or three times per week!  Pick the same day each week.  More than one volunteer is needed for morning there is a special program scheduled. Fridays and Saturdays are the most difficult days to fill. We will also need help in the evening on the Downtown Ludington Friday Night Live events.

If you would like to be a Museum Volunteer, contact Darlene Ponko at 231-843-3323 or email at 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Work to set up Sandcastles for each new season (exhibit work sessions are Jan.-mid May. Volunteers assist in building, painting, rearranging, and maintaining exhibits prior to our spring opening. Work times are flexible. Call 231-845-5703
  2. Work as a Museum Volunteer during open hours. Call 231-843-3323
  3. Work as a Discovery Guide. If you are in 5th grade or higher, you can be a Discovery Guide. Discovery Guides help in a variety of ways by working with the children, putting items in their proper places, preparing for art projects, or telling visitors about Sandcastles. Call Sandcastles if you would like to be a Discovery Guide! Call 231-233-9326
  4. Join a committee for fund-raising, writing grants, publicity, organizing special events, etc. The board has several committees, including Fund Rising, Grant Writing, Exhibits, and Publicity. To volunteer for a committee, talk to any board member or call Kristin Korendyke at 690-6735 or email

Please consider becoming a volunteer for Sandcastles!!


2016 Volunteer Application (PDF)

Sandcastles' Volunteers honored for Community Service

From a large field of worthy individuals and organizations, the Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce chose the Sandcastles Volunteers as the recipients of the 2010 Community Service Award. The Sandcastles Board is delighted that our 125+ volunteers have been recognized not only for their many hours of hard work but also for their commitment to the community. In late 2010 and early 2011, over 125 volunteers tore down, built up, filled dumpsters, cleaned, painted, cooked, helped us raise money, and much more. Some contributions are evident in the museum –like renovated exhibits, refurbished furniture, or brightly painted walls. Others are behind the scenes —like packing and moving boxes, debris to the dumpsters,  cleaning and repairing costumes.