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The Willa Cather Foundation was started in 1955 by Mildred R. Bennett and a small group of dedicated volunteers who were committed to preseving and restoring historic properties relavent to the life and works of Willa Cather. Today, the Willa Cather Foundation continues to rely on the invaluable service of our dedicated volunteers and always welcomes new volunteers. Below are some of the ways you can become involved at the Willa Cather Foundation.

Red Cloud Opera House Volunteers
Join our incredible group of volunteers who make shows at the Red Cloud Opera House go off without a hitch. Tasks include: greeting RCOH visitors, bartenders (must be 21), working in the box office, taking tickets, and other pre-show activities. If you are interested in working behind the scenes, we also seek volunteers to assist with performance load-in and load-out. In addition to shows, volunteers are also needed occasionally for special events held at the Red Cloud Opera House.

Visitor Information Assistants
Do you enjoy meeting new people? If so, we would like for you to consider volunteering as a Visitor Information Assistant. Responsibilities include greeting our visitors, providing information on tours, giving directions, handing out printed materials, and answering general questions. Volunteers may also be asked occassionally to assist with special events.

Landscaping Volunteers
Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a green thumb? With 11 historic properties, the Willa Cather Foundation always has planting, weeding, mowing, mulching, and pruning to be done in order to keep our sites beautiful for our visitors. Volunteers will work with Foundation staff to establish a schedule and task list. 

Volunteer Benefits
All volunteers receive a 10% discount on purchases at Cather Books & Gifts and an invitation to an annual volunteer appreciation event.

Volunteer orientation and training will be given by the Willa Cather Foundation staff for all new volunteers.

To become a volunteer or learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Willa Cather Foundation, please contact the office at (402) 746-2653 or email