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VOLUNTEERS are always welcome at Perkins Observatory!

There are many, many areas where you could be of great help to us. Right now, we can use assistance during our Friday and Saturday evening programs in the gift shop or taking tickets. Volunteers who show aptitude and willingness can learn to conduct tours, give talks, or run telescopes for public viewing.

You do not have to be an astronomy expert to volunteer!  Anyone willing to help can be put to work on the various projects we have on our waiting list! Don't believe me? Just check out our current volunteer staff!

While anyone and any skills are welcome, below are a few areas of particular need. Please look them over and let us know if you'd like to help Perkins serve the people of central Ohio. And remember, volunteer work looks great on a resume!

Volunteers should have their own source of transportation for safety reasons.


small star Clerical Assistance

These duties and responsibilities have grown greatly in the past few years. We could really use some assistance in running the office. General clerical assistance is needed (and we can train you). Even if you can only come in a day or two each week, it would be a big help. Just call and ask for Don or Tom.

small star Building and Grounds Maintenance

We can use help with general contractor type work, carpentry, and even landscaping. Simple grunt work, like carrying boxes, trimming trees, gardening, or painting, is always useful, but there are also cool things going on like creating new exhibit spaces!. Just call and ask for Don.

small star Carpentry

Related to building maintenance. Perkins has a lot of old, antique, wooden library chairs (part of our original furniture from when the place was built). However, some of them always seem to need repair work. If you have skills in this area, please call us and ask for Don.

small star Artistic Skills

Can you draw, paint, or create images on a computer? If so, we can use your skills. You could paint a mural on one of the walls, help design an exhibit, or create some drawings, paintings, or computer images to be made into slides for our public talks. You could even help decorate the place for Christmas. Just call and ask for Don.

small star Model Building

Similar to artistic skills, but more specific. Are you good at putting together plastic models of spacecraft? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Just call and ask for Don.

small star Daytime Program Assistance

We do get a lot of school and other groups visiting Perkins during the day. You could give tours, run the gift shop, or just keep an eye on the kids as they wander the building. On clear days, we get out the solar telescopes, which you could help run for us. We will show you what needs to be done, so don't worry if you're not an astro-nerd! Just call and ask for Tom or Don.

If you'd like to help, or have any questions, here's how to reach us:

Perkins Observatory
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Phone us at

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