By Kathy L. Collins

The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center recently initiated a Volunteer Staff Program. The program is open to both clerical and professional volunteers who are 16 years or older. All work is performed at the Photo Archives located in historic downtown Plant City.

The new two tiered approach accommodates both those preferring more clerical jobs of greeting visitors, telephone receptionist, mailing, clipping and filing, as well as those that prefer to work on research and organizing research materials.

According to Executive Director of the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Gilbert Gott, “The benefits of volunteering include on the job training, a good work environment, opportunity to meet and work with the public, improvement of job skills, attendance at certain special events and the satisfaction of providing service for the community.”

“Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, in good health and must be able to read and write English. Experienced senior citizens are welcomed and encouraged to inquire. Knowledge of the local area is helpful,” Gott added.

Orientation sessions to outline the volunteering opportunities are planned. Those interested in volunteer opportunities at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center may visit the center located at 106 S. Evers St. in Plant City, call 754-1578 or email Applications can be picked up at the center or emailed.

Individuals looking for a chance to volunteer for a worthwhile organization to use skills acquired during their career or for those who want to learn skills to help in a future career, this is a perfect opportunity.

The Plant City Photo Archives was established in 2000. The focus of the organization is preservation of the history and heritage of communities within Central Florida, with an especial emphasis on Plant City. The History Center was added in 2010 and established a research library to compliment the photo collection.

The center has over 120,000 photos and information on the individuals and families who shaped and inspired Plant City and surrounding areas. The facility includes office space, library, grand piano and 1,000 sq. ft. exhibit gallery with a rotating exhibit schedule. Visit

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