Very Important People
Volunteering is an American tradition that has made an immeasurable contribution to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Today's volunteers are active, dynamic, creative individuals who possess the skills, desire, patience, and time to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.
The National Park Service
Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized by Public Law 91-357 enacted 1970. The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer.
For more information regarding Ford's Theatre National Historic site volunteer program, please contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator by phone at 202-426-6924 or e-mail us
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
The dying President was carried out of Ford’s Theatre and across 10th St. into the home of William and Anna Petersen. There the lives of the Petersen family members were forever changed by extraordinary events. Government officials arrived, Mrs. Lincoln grieved, and Mr. Lincoln died.