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The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which is run by volunteers. And volunteers are essential. The easiest way to get acquainted with the Mazer is by coming to an event. Please see our event calendar here.
You can also stop by during public viewing hours Tuesdays 11am-2pm. We are closed on most major holidays and holiday weekends so please call or email and let us know you are coming to be sure we are there before you arrive at our doors. This is a good idea anytime you're planning a visit. If you are a researcher let us know what you are looking for so we can prepare and have things ready for you. Activities vary depending on what obligations must be met, and upon the current projects the Mazer is involved in. Typically a working afternoon is spent sorting through donations to separate duplicates from new items to be cataloged.
Working volunteers also help with special events planning and preparations, photographing objects for display, and similar activities.
Another way to get involved with volunteering is to sit in on one of our monthly Mazer Board Meetings.
Help plan community events. We try to do 2-3 community outreach events a year, and the focus depends on the interests and passion of those involved.
Help us network with Lesbian and Feminist organizations, groups or specific projects.
Dream up a Lesbian History Preservation idea and present it to the Board. We are always open to hearing ideas from individuals in the community, and we love to have new people and their enthusiasm come and contribute to the Mazer. It is through the richness of diversity of our volunteers, as well as our materials, that we grow as an organization.
Come for the lively conversation, the sense of community, the possibility of exploring the materials, to meet women or to feel at home. Whatever your reason for coming, rest assured, your presence will make a difference in other women’s lives and in the archiving of lesbian history.
Call or email us and we’ll find a project to match your interests.