Donate to Mission Point Lighthouse
As the Keeper Program, gift shop, and programs at Mission Point Lighthouse are still relatively new (as of 2008), there are many things that we could use to help achieve our goals of preservation, restoration, and interpretation. Donations can range from individual items to volunteer hours to monetary support. If you enjoy lighthouses, in particular Mission Point Lighthouse, and want to continue the restoration of this local icon, there are many ways you can give your support:
Visit Mission Point Lighthouse! Bring your friends and family, take a tour, and buy a souvenir.
Donate your time:
- Mission Point Lighthouse needs Keepers (folks who stay in the Lighthouse for week-long stints or more to run the gift shop, or weekends in the off-season).
- Mission Point Lighthouse needs local volunteers who can come in once a week or once a month or once in awhile to run the gift shop, be a greeter, museum helper, or gardener. These volunteers allow the Keepers, who sometimes come from as far away as California and Montana and Texas, to have some time off and explore a little of what our beautiful region has to offer.
- We always need help with small construction, maintenance and cleaning projects for volunteers with these talents.
- Join Mission Point Lighthouse Friends for a close look at our projects and help with making decisions on how to best spend donated money, money from wine fundraiser and support our keepers and volunteers.
Donate your expertise:
- Mission Point Lighthouse needs people to guide hikes and to help mark trails along the beach and through the woods, so if you have knowledge about rocks and minerals, geology, plant life, birding, insects, or anything else we might see along one of those hikes, we need you!
- Mission Point Lighthouse needs historical buffs who give guided tours of the Log Cabin and Lighthouse to school children, especially during school months.
- We are landscaping areas around the lighthouse, so we need gardeners. Those with knowledge of perennials from early 1900s would be very helpful.
Donate your information:
- We would love to have more artifacts from the 1900-1930 period that we could use in displays, so if you have any old books, furniture, cloths, toys, games, dishes, tools and so on, they could go on display for many to enjoy.
- Photographs, letters, or information about any of the original Mission Point Lighthouse keepers and their families would also be much appreciated.
There are always a few things on a list that Mission Point Lighthouse, the grounds, or the Keeper’s Quarters need.
Here’s a Lighthouse Wish List:
- Custom donation plexiglass box with small lego lighthouse replica inside - contact manager (see below) with questions or for blueprints of the lighthouse.
- A New Slide for The Beach. Many children have spent hours on the swings and slide, but the slide had to be removed because it was old and becoming dangerous. A new slide will cost between $4000-$6000.
- Adirondack chairs (Polywood or recycled plastic) to be placed inside the fence at the entrance to the lighthouse for volunteers to greet guests entering the lighthouse or to serve as nice seating while viewing the outside of the house (it would be nice to have a business donate these and put a small ad on them).
- Native Shrubs and Perennials for the Grounds. If you are digging up “extra” plants in your garden,
Mission Point Lighthouse may be able to use them in the landscape.
- Other landscaping materials mulch, gravel and soil.
Donate your money:
- You can donate funds to a specific project, such as the new education program, trail signs, landscaping, restoration projects, maintenance, visitor use enhancement, playground equipment, etc.
- Buy the lighthouse fundraiser wine only available at Bowers Harbor Vineyards and attend the annual final wine label art judging contest event at the end of March to choose the next year's wine label design.
- Anything you could give would be much appreciated!
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email. Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you!
231-645-0759 (Ginger Schultz, Part-time Manager) | email: email@example.com | 231-223-7324 (lighthouse)
Mission Point Lighthouse is located at the end of M-37, a paved state highway. While it’s a bit of a drive (about 18 miles) from Traverse City, it certainly is not a difficult one. In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful drives in Traverse City, (and in the top 10 Best Coastal Drive in the US - USAToday 2013) you travel through rolling hills of cherry orchards and vineyards, with views of both bays on either side. Old Mission Peninsula has many wonderful wineries, two stores, seasonal farm markets, a gas station, a post office, and several restaurants for you to enjoy in your time off, yet the Lighthouse is located in a spot that will allow for plenty of peace and quiet.
If you are interested in becoming a Lighthouse Keeper at Mission Point Lighthouse, please click here for the application procedures, here for the handbook, and here for an availability calendar.