American Philatelic Society

Davidson's Stamp ServiceDavidson's Stamp Service
Cathy Brachbill
Education Director
ext. 239

APS Volunteer Work Week

July 18-22, 2016

The number of participants at Volunteer Work Week grows each year. Come find out why volunteers return year after year.

Paula, New York - It was fun helping the library accomplish tasks that without our help would have taken much longer. I will definitely come back to volunteer.

David, Ohio - This was another great opportunity to spend a week with fellow collectors from around the country. An excellent chance to pay back the APS and APRL for everything I've received from them.

Bill, Rhode Island - If you have an opportunity to attend, you must come!
What to Expect:

The week includes a kickoff breakfast on Monday, a tour and overview of each department and programs, and ends with a thank-you pizza party on Friday.

Individuals will work in the different departments and may spend the entire week on one project or help with several different projects over the week by spending as little as half a day on a single project. Many tasks do not require special skills and are open to spouses or other non-member guests. Sample opportunities are listed below, but we are open to suggestions if you have a particular talent that you would like to share.

Some Fun Time! Although the principal purpose of the week will be to accomplish tasks, volunteers will have evening opportunities to use the American Philatelic Research Library, peruse Circuit Sales and donation materials, and shop in the Stamp and Cover Shop.

Travel, lodging, and most food will be the participants' responsibility, but your out of pocket expenses are tax deductible. See Local Lodging for ideas where to stay.
Sample Volunteer Tasks:

Apply stamps/pictorial permits

Prepare member mailing

Circuit Sales

Organize, identify, and prepare insurance fund holdings of stamps for sale.*

Digital imaging of new circuit books


Help sort/organize donated materials



Adding Scott numbers to scans

Scanning material for future articles


Duplicating audiovisual programs

Development of lesson plans**

Internet Sales

Preparing material to be returned


Inventory APS/APRL archives*

Place bar codes in bound periodicals

Sort periodical & auction catalogues*

Label and shift books

Read shelves to make sure books are in the correct order

Assist in development of finding aids for Library Resources*

Training to index publications (half-day)**

Cleaning and dusting


Prepare badges for APS StampShow

Assist with sign preparation

Assemble show notebooks & banquet programs


Make packets for give aways**

Trim stamps for envelopes**

Write article(s) for YSCA Newsletter**

Prepare Youth Area supplies for StampShow**

*Projects not likely to be accomplished without volunteer help
**Tasks that could be continued from home after work week.

To volunteer:

Contact the education department - Cathy Brachbill at 814-933-3803, ext. 239 or email.


Come for the week, come for a day — we look forward to working with you!

If you can't make it to the APC, but still would like to be an APS Volunteer,
please get in touch with Cathy Brachbill at 814-933-3803, ext. 239 or email.


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