Why be a Cape May MAC volunteer?

Volunteering at Cape May MAC allows you to meet new people and make a contribution in helping the Cape May region thrive. Cape May MAC is one of New Jersey’s leading cultural and heritage organizations.

Whether giving out information at our festivals, offering skills as a volunteer in our offices, or taking tickets at our Music Festival or other events, your time and talent have a huge impact in helping carry out our preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment missions!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Marketing and Communications Volunteer Positions
  • Benefit House Tour Volunteer Positions
  • Curatorial Volunteer Positions
  • Grounds and Maintenance Volunteer Positions
  • Special Events Volunteer Positions
  • Museum Education Volunteer Positions
  • Hospitality Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Benefits

  • 10% Discount at Cape May MAC Museum Shops
  • Significant discount on Cape May MAC membership dues
  • Invitation to exhibit openings and lectures
  • Volunteer Recognition Reception and Awards

Those who achieve Platinum (150 hours or more) Gold (100 to 149 hours) or Silver Awards (50 hours to 99 hours) receive free admission to a variety of tours, including Crafts & Collectibles Shows and the Cape May Music Festival Concerts.

Become a Cape May MAC Volunteer

Once you submit your contact information, you will receive an email response from our Volunteer Program Manager, Ayeshah Dickerson, to learn more about the next steps in volunteering at MAC!

Meet our Manager of Volunteer Engagement

Ayeshah Dickerson

I came to understand Cape May MAC as one of New Jersey’s leading cultural and heritage organizations. Thankfully, due to their mission, we have tours and events that offer volunteers a wide range of options – depending upon their skill-sets, interest and availability. I took my background of nearly two decades managing people in the private sector and spending nearly two years volunteering at various organizations in Cape May, and believed I could make those two experiences meet and create a well-thought-out experience for current and new volunteers. I love people and it is a joy to learn about their various backgrounds, interest and abilities. As I manage volunteer engagement, I strive to match the volunteers with opportunities that will be a delight and make their time at Cape May MAC memorable. I hope you can join us!

Email: adickerson@capemaymac.org

Volunteers of the Month

December 2020

Cathy Baldacchini

Manager of Volunteer Engagement Ayeshah Dickerson nominated her for the honor. Baldacchini is Cape May MAC’s Information Technology (IT) Manager. She stepped outside her usual role and volunteered to manage Scarecrow Alley this past fall and in coming years. Community members construct homemade scarecrows displayed in October on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Cathy stepped in to take over managing the project, managing applications, planning grounds layout and coordinating with participants to mount their scarecrows. “Cathy took on this role during a difficult year for everyone,” said Dickerson. “She has a real creative streak and is a talented crafter and creator, so this was a natural for her. She brought all that creativity and energy to make Scarecrow Alley another great success in 2020. We are so grateful to her for going above and beyond and helping us further our mission in the community.”

Photo of a family of 4, huband, wife, son and daughter in law

November 2020

Bob, Carole, Ben and Elena Irwin

Director of Media Relations Susan Krysiak nominated them for the honor, for their enthusiastic participation as volunteer models in a recent video shoot by videographer Tom Grayson, which captures what it’s like to take one of Cape May MAC’s new City Guide Golf Cart tours around Cape Island. “The Irwins made this long morning video shoot so much fun and productive,” said Krysiak “They were easy-going and helpful, spending a good few hours riding around to Cape May’s historic sites and locations, to capture footage and photos to promote this new tour offering. As a non-profit, our goal is always to be as efficient as possible. Our volunteers truly make that possible, and we rely on them in so many ways. This is one more way that Cape May MAC volunteers can pitch in and help out. We are so glad for their support, and we greatly appreciate them.”

Margaret "Peggy" Ose

October 2020

Margaret “Peggy” Ose

Margaret “Peggy” Ose, of Cape May, N.J., is the Volunteer of the Month for October. Manager of Volunteer Engagement Ayeshah Dickerson nominated Ose for the honor. “Peggy was the first volunteer to sign up for the Social Distancing Ambassador role at the Cape May Lighthouse this summer,” said Dickerson. “She stuck with it through rain or shine.” Even while outdoors on the grounds of the Lighthouse, Social Distancing Ambassadors, staff and visitors wear masks, here, off duty and at a healthy distance from the camera and the lighthouse grounds, Peggy’s photo shows her smiling face. Social Distancing Ambassadors were implemented by Cape May MAC this summer to help visitors adhere to the proper social distance, check visitors’ temperatures, and help them understand cleaning protocols and capacity limits, all with the aim of keeping those who visit the Cape May Lighthouse safe and secure during the pandemic. Although not required, Social Distancing Ambassadors have proven invaluable, helping ease the transition for visitors. “Thank you, Peggy, for donating over 60 hours of volunteer time and for your dedication to Cape May MAC and Cape May Lighthouse operations!,” Dickerson said.


September 2020

Joe Byrne

Joe Byrne, of North Cape May, N.J., is the Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) Volunteer of the Month for September. Chief Outreach Officer Eliza Lotozo nominated Joe for the honor. “Joe normally works for Cape May MAC as a driver delivering our This Week In Cape May (TWICM) magazines throughout the area, which during a normal year is a busy job,” said Lotozo. “When COVID-19 hit, and we were scrambling and changing course direction at the organization, Joe reached out to me out of the blue and offered to do the deliveries as a volunteer, instead. We are so grateful to Joe for helping like this, when we need it the most.”

August 2020

Bill McCray

Bill McCray, of West Cape May, N.J., is the Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) was nominated by CEO & Director Jody Alessandrine and Manager of Volunteer Engagement Ayeshah Dickerson. “It’s our way to honor and thank Bill for the many hours he volunteered to help get the Emlen Physick Estate grounds ready for the Spring Celebration Garden Tour, as well as the significant number of hours he donated on a regular basis since the pandemic affected our operations,” said Alessandrine. “Without his help and dedication, Cape May MAC would not have had the grounds ready for the paying tour-goers, or to visitors of the Estate or Vintage, the new restaurant opened this year on the grounds. Words cannot express our appreciation.” McCray is Cape May MAC’s gardener, part of the organization’s Maintenance Team. “Bill put in an amazing 140 hours of volunteer work this spring during the COVID-19 shutdown and quarantine, preparing and maintaining the grounds for reopening,” said Dickerson. “Our Cape May MAC staff often pitch in and volunteer for the organization. Recognizing these kinds of efforts is important.”

July 2020

Tom Grayson

Tom Grayson, of Cape May, N.J., is the Volunteer of the Month for July. Cape May MAC Director of Tour Operations Nanci Coughlin nominated him for the honor.  “Tom approached me with an offer we were excited to accept: to create a video that highlights our trolley tours. He has brought a level of expertise to the project that is outstanding, and it was all done as a volunteer. It is an awesome piece and we will use it to promote our group tours and our public trolley tours. Our marketing team is thrilled, and we really appreciate Tom and his wife Jenn, who helped spark the idea and is a guide for Cape May MAC.”

June 2020

Sue Lotozo

Sue Lotozo is the Volunteer of the Month for June. Cape May MAC Manager of Volunteer Engagement Ayeshah Dickerson nominated her for the honor. Lotozo is owner of Flying Fish Studio, 130 Park Blvd., West Cape May, in business since 1990, a clothing and custom screen-printing store and studio, where she hand makes and designs every one of her cool, offbeat shirts. Lotozo has helped local non-profits in recent weeks with a fundraiser that channels donations to local non-profits while also raising community spirit during the COVID-19 crisis. Lotozo is an active member of the Cape May area community, and Dickerson wanted to recognize her tremendous civic spirit. “It’s our way to honor and thank Sue for her thoughtful and generous initiative to design and create a special “I love Cape May” T-shirt and tote bag, and donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale to Cape May MAC and a host of additional area non-profits during the COVID-19 crisis,” Dickerson said. “Thank you, Sue, for your partnership and generosity toward Cape May MAC and the Cape May community!”

Picture of Rob Rebmann, Cape May Mac's May Volunteer of the month

May 2020

Ray Rebmann

Ray Rebmann, of Dennis Township, N.J., was nominated by Cape May MAC Chief Outreach Strategist Mary Stewart for the honor for generously donating his time to give a lecture Feb. 12 at Cape May United Methodist Church, titled, “Prohibition and Cape May County: Wetter than the Atlantic,” based on his newly released book. The lecture was part of the organization’s popular Lunch & Learn Series. Rebmann is curator of the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Dennisville. “Most people are familiar with Atlantic City and its activities during Prohibition,” Rebmann said, “but fewer people realize that Cape May County, with its access to Delaware Bay and relatively isolated place along the Atlantic Coast, offered numerous ideal places for rumrunners to bring in their merchandise.” “Ray’s lecture attracted a very large crowd,” Stewart said. “It was one of our most popular lectures in this winter’s series. We are extraordinarily grateful to Ray for his willingness to share his knowledge and research with the public in this way.”

April 2020

John Baldan

John Baldan of North Cape May, N.J., was nominated by Director Emeritus Michael Zuckerman for the honor. Faced with Zuckerman’s retirement, board leaders expressed alarm about the loss of institutional memory from his 37-year tenure. In response, he launched an ambitious oral history project to provide a resource for future generations of Cape May MAC leaders. To make more than 60 hours of taped interviews accessible, Baldan stepped forward to type hundreds of pages of written transcripts. For this herculean achievement, Zuckerman was pleased to nominate him as Volunteer of the Month for April.

Brenda Leonard, March Volunteer of the Month

March 2020

Brenda Leonard

Brenda Leonard of North Cape May, N.J., has a doctorate in musical arts, is a classically-trained professional cellist who generously shared her expertise and extraordinary musicianship with Cape May MAC as a presenter and educator in this winter’s Lunch & Learn program. She presented a special musical outreach program Jan. 29, consisting of a lecture about and mini-concert of Bach’s Cello Suites, which was exceptionally well-attended and well-received. Director of Cape May MAC’s Museum Education Division Melissa Palmer nominated her as Volunteer of the Month for her very engaging presentation, as well as for her assistance as an educator


February 2020

Bill & Sue Currie

Sue and Bill Currie of Cape May, N.J.  were nominated by Cape May MAC’s Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Ayeshah Dickerson. “Bill and Sue have been outstanding Cape May MAC ambassadors in the community,” Dickerson said. Bill and Sue volunteer at Cape May MAC outdoor festivals, at Cape May MAC designer house tours, and most recently, as valued members of Cape May MAC’s first volunteer Christmas choir, which entertained visitors during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Emlen Physick Estate on Nov. 23


January 2020

Sophie & Lilly Palmer

Sophie, 13, and Lily, 10, Palmer, of Cape May Court House were nominated by Cape May MAC’s Chief Outreach Strategist Mary Stewart. They patiently help youngsters with crafts projects and pitch in enthusiastically. They also have helped Cape May MAC by joyfully portraying Christmas-themed characters during Cape May MAC’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Emlen Physick Estate, on Nov. 23.