Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the Museum’s successes. It would not be possible to perform our mission without the selfless, tireless contributions of our almost 200 volunteers. Last year, our volunteers collectively contributed almost 40,000 hours, providing support as well as expertise for every area of the Museum, including docent-led tours, restoration, education, special events, collection care, administrative as well as the library and archives.
Our volunteers are a remarkable group. They are as immersed in and knowledgeable of the Museum’s distinguished past as they are engaged in our exciting present. And, they are committed to shaping the Museum’s ever-greater future. The Museum offers its deepest gratitude to all who contribute their time, energy and experience to the accomplishment of our mission.
There are many benefits our volunteers enjoy, many obvious, several less obvious. Certainly, volunteering provides personal enrichment, and provides opportunities to develop new skills and make new friends with similar interests. There is, as well, the reward of knowing you are making a difference, strengthening the Museum while playing an active role in its successes.
Volunteers know they play a critical role in preserving our nation’s air and space history, particularly that of our region, which adds to their self-realization rewards. Volunteers also receive a discount at the Museum store and Flight Path Café. Volunteers are recognized for their service at an annual recognition and appreciation dinner. And, finally, it is well proven that Museum volunteerism adds years to an active retiree’s life.
We have created Volunteer Corner as a permanent feature on the Museum’s web site to keep our volunteers up-to-date with the many changes taking place at the Museum. This column will be updated regularly to ensure that effective, current and meaningful communications are provided for our volunteers.