The Collection appreciates new volunteers who enjoy vintage vehicles and want to be part of the automotive preservation efforts at Marymount. The Collection relies on the hard work and dedication of these volunteers. Volunteers are welcomed at Marymount any day that the Collection is open to the public – Generally 6 days/week (closed Mondays). Active volunteers are asked to record a minimum of 4 hours/month throughout the year. New volunteers are also asked to complete a Volunteer Application, and then they are invited to attend a Volunteer Orientation (usually held on 1 Saturday/month). Regular days are appreciated, but not required. Our designated “Volunteer Project Day” is every Thursday from 9am-5pm.
Once-a-Year Opportunity! - If being a year-round volunteer doesn’t work with your schedule, consider volunteering at the Annual LeMay Annual Show. Complete a Annual Show Volunteer Registration Form in advance (Registration Opens May 1 – Deadline: August 1).
For more information about volunteering, feel free to contact us by email or call 253.272.2336
Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities
Tour Guide/Docent Program – Provide visitors with knowledgeable information regarding the LeMay Collections at Marymount, Harold and Nancy LeMay, and the history of Marymount Academy. Training is offered (involves some peer-review, at-home studying, and “follow-along” tours – where trainees follow actual tours in progress to develop their own repertoire).
Vehicle Cleaning & Collection Upkeep – Vehicle cleaning is a constant concern – this may include washing, waxing, and detailing the vehicles for display, and airing up tires and interior detailing are also necessary. Volunteers also help with general maintenance – sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning up oil spots, painting, creating new displays, cleaning non-vehicle displays, etc.
Room Monitoring – For private events and after-hours functions at Marymount we need volunteers to ensure the safety of our guests and help preserve the Collection – protecting the Collection from damage and theft – and enforcing the standard “no touch” policy. Overall, volunteers are expected to be gracious hosts!
Booth Specialists/Community Outreach – Present and distribute information about the LeMay Collections at various car shows and events. Often responsible for the booth set-up, may need to position vehicles, signs, tables, and displays. Objective of booth specialists is to encourage LeMay Collections awareness as well as encourage visits, memberships, private events, and even volunteer opportunities.
Parking/Traffic Control – These volunteers ensure the safety of guests, typically for large after-hours events, and direct vehicles where to park on the Marymount property.
Vehicles – Light Maintenance – Mechanical tasks such as brake jobs, oil changes, tune-ups, fluid changes, etc.
Office/Administrative Assistance – Maintain records and files, data entry work, operate office equipment, receive incoming telephone calls, provide answers to routine inquiries, greet visitors.
Volunteer Info for LeMay Annual Show Day
It is with a heavy heart that we must cancel the LeMay 43rd Annual Show on August 29th, 2020, and the Salute on August 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The LeMay Annual Show is the one time a year that we open the private collections to over five thousand people, and it is a tradition we look forward to at Marymount. As much as we wish we could hold a public event this year, due to social distancing concerns for our members, volunteers, staff, and the general public, we do not feel we can accommodate the size of crowds this event attracts. We are anticipating that by August. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.
Fill out a Annual Show Volunteer Registration Form ahead of time. One per person, please. These forms are used to schedule you for positions on car show day and should be submitted the sooner the better! General information for the public about the LeMay Annual Show is available online – check out that page ahead of time so you’ll be prepared for what to expect from this event, especially if this is your first year as a LeMay Annual Show volunteer.
Once you’ve received confirmation of your position for annual show day (either by email or regular mail, usually at the beginning of August), you will be able to check your position on maps on this page to get a more detailed idea of the event layout and your specific location. If you can’t fill your assigned shift, please contact us to let us know. No-shows are not considered for future volunteer opportunities. Also keep in mind that volunteer shifts may be subject to change.
After parking and entering the show, on the day of the annual show all volunteers are required to go to Volunteer Check-In to pick up items, receive any information necessary for their specific assignment, and make sure that all paperwork is in order. There is a Volunteer Check-In location at the Marymount Grounds (325 152nd ST E Tacoma, WA) and at the LeMay Home Grounds (135th & C Street) which you should visit before your shift (depending on where your shift will be worked). If you find that you are available to work additional shifts on that day, please tell the folks at Volunteer Check-In. We can always use the extra help!
All volunteers, no matter their position, are expected to be gracious hosts for the general public visitors on Annual Show Day. In fact, Room Hosting is one of the most common and important jobs to which volunteers are assigned for Annual Show Day. Specifically, Room Host volunteers are responsible for the safety of the visitors and vehicles within their assigned room. Volunteers are responsible for the preservation of the amazing LeMay Collection, so no touching of vehicles or other items on display is ever allowed, and no pets (certified service animals only, please), alcohol or smoking is permitted on the grounds. All visitors should be wearing a wristband to enter buildings and view the collection – Volunteers should be alert for any problems and should help to ensure that all visitors have the best possible experience while visiting the LeMay Collection.
Volunteers are appreciated! All LeMay annual show volunteers are provided with the following items at Volunteer Check-In and these items are expected to be worn for easy identification and in case of emergency during car show day: 1.) Car Show T-Shirt, 2.) Hat, 3) ID badge. Other items may be provided depending on your volunteer assignment (ie. safety vests for traffic/parking crew, walkie talkies, etc.)
Donuts, coffee and juice – 8-10am in the Marymount Dining Room
Lunch – 11am-1:30pm in the Marymount Dining Room
Dinner – 6:00pm in the Marymount Dining Room
Beverages (Soda, water, coffee) are available all day for volunteers.
Outdoor Sani-Can bathrooms will be available, and there are a few indoor restrooms.
Personal Collector Cars
To display your personal collector car, you should indicate as such on your Annual Show Volunteer Registration Form. We will have a designated area in the Car Club Corral for LeMay Volunteer’s collector cars.
Parking & Transportation for Volunteers
Designated General parking and volunteer and vendor parking is available in the lower field at Marymount (accessible via 138th Street and 4th Ave E). Limited disabled parking is available at Marymount. Some locations at this event may NOT be disabled accessible. Free shuttles run all day between Marymount & the LeMay Home Grounds. In case of long shuttle lines, volunteers may politely move to the front of the line.
Each volunteer station has a General Information, maps, and emergency, bus, and parking info. Additional information is available upon request – please ask questions in advance, when possible. You may arrive before car show day to see where you will be working. Pre-show work is completed throughout the month of August, so there are plenty of opportunities to stop in to lend a hand. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or 253.272.2336.