It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’d like to shine a light on the unsung heroes who dedicate their time, energy, and passion to make a difference in our community! At the Heritage Foundation, our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, fueling our mission to preserve, promote, and advocate for the historic places, stories, and culture of our community. Their selfless contributions have a profound impact on everything we do, and this week, we want to express our deepest gratitude for their invaluable support.

One of the most remarkable aspects of volunteering is the diversity of talents and experiences that individuals bring to the table. Take, for example, Bob Steele, a dedicated volunteer at The Franklin Theatre. Bob’s commitment to enriching the cultural landscape of our community is truly inspiring. Whether he’s ushering patrons to their seats, sharing his knowledge of our historic theater, or assisting with behind-the-scenes tasks, Bob’s enthusiasm and dedication never waver. His passion for the arts is infectious, and his presence at The Franklin Theatre enhances the experience for everyone who walks through the doors.

Bob’s favorite part about volunteering at The Franklin Theatre is “the combination of making new friends with other volunteers, the joy of being able to see and hear a wide variety of music and theater, and the ability to interact with patrons who come to The Franklin Theatre from all over the country and the world.”

Another standout volunteer is Randy Zion, whose unwavering commitment to the Heritage Foundation leaves a lasting impression on all who have the pleasure of working with him. Randy’s passion for Williamson County runs deep, having moved to the area back in 1978. If you’re out and about on Franklin’s Main Street, you may bump into Randy and his two adorable dogs volunteering with the Downtown Franklin Association “Franklin Locals” program. This engaging volunteer program helps visitors by answering questions, pointing them to the Visitor Center, and making them feel welcome.

Randy reflects on his time spent volunteering as a Franklin Local, saying, “I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces on Main Street and promoting the unique shops and businesses you can find in downtown Franklin!”

Not only does Randy frequent Main Street as a friendly volunteer, you might also find him donned head-to-toe in a prisoner’s uniform as our honorary “jailbird” at the recently opened Moore-Morris History and Culture Center! Be on the lookout for Randy at your next visit to the Center, as he offers a fun and unique way
to engage with history.

“The “jailbird” act at the Moore-Morris History and Culture Center has been a lot of fun,” says Randy. “I really get into character and can engage with visitors to create an even more memorable experience!”


But Bob and Randy are just two shining examples among many. The truth is, the Heritage Foundation is fortunate to have a diverse and dedicated group of volunteers across our divisions. From friendly faces on Main Street and festival booth volunteers to seat ushers at The Franklin Theatre and snow machine operators at Dickens of a Christmas, each individual brings their own unique talents and perspectives to the table, enriching our organization in immeasurable ways. Together, they form the backbone of our efforts to preserve and promote history and culture, ensuring that future generations will continue to benefit from the legacy of our past.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Bob, Randy, and all of the magnificent volunteers who have contributed their time and talents to the Heritage Foundation. Your dedication, passion, and generosity do not go unnoticed, and we are profoundly grateful for the difference you make in our organization and our community. 


GOOD NEWS! We still have several volunteer spots that need filled at our upcoming 40th Annual Main Street Festival! Consider volunteering with us as we bring life and energy to downtown Franklin at the end of this month (April 27th and 28th!): SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER