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California DAR volunteering

Most of the DAR's volunteer work is accomplished by the grassroots efforts of chapters on the local level which focus on the mission areas of DAR by encouraging members to become involved in these initiatives in their local communities.  Learn what DAR does to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Historic Preservation

DAR members participate in an array of projects to help preserve our cultural heritage, including:

  • Restoring and maintaining historical sites
  • Locating, restoring, and marking American Revolutionary War Patriot gravesites and headstones
  • Organizing and contributing to major restorations, commemorations, and memorials
  • Placing monuments around the world to memorialize people and events throughout American history
  • Preserving genealogical records, artifacts, and historical documents and making these items available to the public at DAR Headquarters


DAR members are passionate about educating the youth of America and contributing to schools and student programs in a variety of ways, including:

  • Supporting five schools through chapter and member donations of money as well as personal time:
    1. Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Grant, Alabama
    2. Crossnore School, Crossnore, North Carolina
    3. Hillside School, Marlborough, Massachusetts
    4. Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky
    5. Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia
  • Providing scholarships and funds to American Indian children and schools, including:
    • Chemawa Indian School, Salem, Oregon
    • Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Providing scholarships and awards to outstanding students throughout the country
  • Promoting education and citizenship through youth programs such as Children of the American Revolution, DAR Good Citizens, and Junior American Citizens
  • Sponsoring American history essay contests for youth in grades five through eight
  • Offering educational summer camps and cultural programs through the DAR Museum


DAR Members’ love of country is evident in the multitude of patriotic endeavors they pursue, including:

  • Providing more than 200,000 hours of volunteer time annually to veterans in Veterans Administration hospitals and non-VA facilities
  • Offering support to America’s service personnel in current conflicts abroad through care packages, phone cards, and other needed items
  • Sponsoring special programs promoting the Constitution during its official celebration week of September 17-23
  • Participating in naturalization ceremonies
  • Presenting patriotic awards to deserving individuals including:
    • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award
    • DAR Good Citizens awards and medals
    • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) medals
    • Community Service awards


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution