Hitchcock Free Academy

2 Brookfield Rd, Brimfield, Ma 01010
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Our missionHitchcock Free Academy is working to enrich the lives of our community members by providing educational, recreational, and cultural programs to residents of all ages from Brimfield, Holland, Sturbridge, Wales, and the surrounding communities.

Hitchcock Free Academy

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A trustee safeguards the mission of Hitchcock Free Academy and guides its growth by contributing vital skills and experience in a variety of areas, including nonprofit administration, business, finance, marketing, historical preservation and maintenance. Expectations include attendance at two semi-annual board meetings, an annual monetary contribution, and active participation in committee work in each trustee's area(s) of expertise. Trustees are also ambassadors of Hitchcock's programs, and enthusiastically share opportunities to experience its offerings with their network. Trustees commit to a term of 2 to 5 years.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Projects and Events

Volunteers help in a variety of ways: parking cars during Brimfield Flea Market weeks, assisting at events, helping with mailings, or contributing skills to assist with projects such as painting, gardening, photography, graphic design, etc. Some volunteers help with a specific event, some take on projects; some help for a day, others help for years.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpHow do I know if I should apply? Are you inspired by Hitchcock? Do you have relevant skills and experience that will help Hitchcock to continue to prosper as a long-standing community institution? Do you enjoy working with others and giving back to your community?
About usFrom 1855-1954, Hitchcock Free Academy was a high school, one of the first to offer a high school education for free, thus the word "Free" in our name. Mr. Samuel Austin Hitchcock was too poor to afford to go to high school but he set off in 1812 with one borrowed dollar to make his fortune and indeed he succeeded, becoming one of the wealthiest men in Massachusetts by the 1850's. Hitchcock closed as a high school in 1954 when Tantasqua Regional High School opened to meet the growing needs of the community. It reopened in 1956 as a community center, and serves approximately 21,000 participants annually. While much has changed since 1855 - the core mission remains to serve community needs by enriching the lives of local residents in the arenas of education, recreation and culture.
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