The following message is from the volunteer coordinator for Ernestina this summer:


Summer Volunteers Needed Now!


My name is Elizabeth Laver Kacergis. I am the 2012 Seasonal Interpreter for the Schooner Ernestina. 


Many of you have worked, volunteered or attended programs on the Ernestina in the past and are therefore familiar with the excellent caliber of programming. I am "standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before," using activities developed when the Ernestina sailed to jump-start the 2012 programs and activities. 


For those of you interested in volunteering for educational outreach and shipboard activities, I need volunteer assistance and am asking for, "all hands on deck," in order to implement them. 

I am asking for volunteers, 18 years of age or older, for the rest of the summer in order to pack the remainder of July and all of August as full as the calendar, daylight and volunteer turnout will allow. I already have several programs scheduled as a dockside location that I would like to bring on board the Ernestina. I would also like to institute regular open boat hours in conjunction with the walking waterfront tours I am already team teaching with the National Park Service every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm. 


We will be holding safety training for volunteers who want to work on the boat as soon as possible. 


If you have any questions, please contact me via phone or email. The cell phone ringer is very soft and students and the waterfront activities can be very loud. If I do not pick up immediately, I may not hear you or be in the middle of a program. Please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible. 


Thank you for all your help and any summer volunteer assistance you can give me. 



508-208-0676 - cell




Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of raising funds to provide for the maintenance, equipment, manning, programming and operation of the Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey  as a sail training vessel, school ship, and educational enterprise.   










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Julius Britto 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis, Esq.

Catherine Dempsey

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

Polly Zajac   






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