Recently, longtime supporter and friend of Historic RittenhouseTown, Monica Letzring, passed away. Monica was a tireless volunteer who spent hours weeding and tending to the gardens in the village. She was also a Board member who chaired our History Committee for many years and served as editor of our Journal of History, an occasional publication that brings together scholarship focusing on 18th and 19th century culture and history. Remembering Monica’s many contributions has prompted me to write about the importance of volunteers to nonprofit organizations like Historic RittenhouseTown. With one full time employee, me, and six buildings on 25 acres of Fairmount Park, we are always in need of extra hands – for outside work or with administrative tasks and special projects. We also are looking for docents to lead tours of the village during our open hours – Saturday and Sunday from 1 until 5 from now until the end of September. If you can give an hour or more of your time, we would be grateful for your help. In the coming days our website calendar will list specific work days and tasks for that day. If you get great pleasure out of eradicating invasives or enjoy talking to folks about the history of our community then contact us! Email is the best way to reach us at