Are you a WOW! Member who’s interested in helping guide exhibit prototypes and giving feedback to Museum Staff? Join our Member Think Tank and help make the Museum even better! The Member Think Tank meets every other month and children are welcome. To find out more, please contact Olivia Ameigh, Development Director.
On Monday, May 18, 2015 Qualcomm sent a group of 13 volunteers to help us for the morning here at WOW! Children’s Museum. The volunteers were able to help us repaint our front entry bench, as well as walls in our activity rooms. They also helped to take down and store our Dinosaurs exhibit and install our new Build It exhibit. All told, they provided nearly 40 hours of volunteer time. We are very grateful for the time and skills that they brought to WOW! and we look forward to working with them again in the future!
If you have a corporate group that you would like to bring in to volunteer at WOW!, please contact
Do you love WOW! Children’s Museum? Are you interested in utilizing your professional skills to impact WOW! and the community that we serve? If so, please consider applying to join WOW! Children’s Museum’s Board of Directors. We are currently looking for two new board members to help WOW! achieve our strategic goals. More information is available through the following link:
At WOW! Children’s Museum we rely on the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We value their time, energy, and effort tremendously. We also understand how important volunteerism is for our community, and that parents might like to share the spirit of volunteerism with their children. It isn’t always easy to find time to volunteer when you’re the parent of a small child, though. It can be even harder to find a place that you can volunteer with your child.
Enter WOW! Children’s Museum’s new Family Volunteer Day! We are planning Family Volunteer Days throughout 2015 so that families with children can come to volunteer. The dates will occur on both weekdays and weekends, and will allow parents to donate their time while teaching their children about volunteering in the community. We will have plenty of projects for little hands to help with, and the opportunity to connect with others in our community.
Our first Family Volunteer Day will take place on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 10:00am to 11:00am. Please contact me, Kim Brown, to sign up so that we can be sure to have enough projects for big and little hands alike.
In 2014 we had over 300 volunteers donate over 2,000 hours of their time. Volunteers helped with face painting and story time, as exhibit guides and in the art room, in exhibit design and installation, and with a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work. Quite simply, without our volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do best: providing educational, interactive exhibits, programs, and activities for all children. We want to say “Thank you!” to all of our volunteers for their effort, ideas, time and enthusiasm. We appreciate each and every one of you, and feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people help us achieve our goals!
WOW! Children’s Museum is looking for an experienced public relations professional to consult with the Marketing Director on a volunteer basis and to help build strong messaging and branding for our nonprofit organization. The role will involve making recommendations and reviewing messaging and marketing plans to ensure that we are equipped to meet our communication goals.
The PR volunteer will:
- Help create and make recommendations for an organization wide messaging plan
- Advise on messaging strategies for fundraising
- Advise on ways to strengthen the Museum’s branding
- Review marketing/communication plans
Skills and Experience:
- Minimum 5 years of public relations experience
- Nonprofit familiarity preferred
- Consultative approach
- Strong inter-personal and communication skills
- Ability to deal with ambiguity and make the best possible decisions with the information available
We are looking for someone to make a minimum 3-month volunteer commitment of approximately 5 hours per month. Longer-term volunteer service is welcome and a position on our board of directors could be a possibility for someone interested in a leadership position.
To get involved, please contact Katie MacDonald, Marketing Director.
WOW!’s Board has been hard at work planning for our future. Now it’s time to make things happen! We are looking for 2-3 new board members to serve a two year term. This is an opportunity to develop your leadership skills, serve our mission and make great things happen for WOW!
For more information:
Micro-volunteering is a relatively new idea in the world of volunteer management. Micro-volunteering is performing small, quick actions that make a big difference when many people combine their efforts. It has arisen in response to changes in the ways people prefer to volunteer their time, new ways we are connected and able to communicate in our modern era, and the attraction of volunteering with little time commitment.
A great example of micro-volunteering is Freerice.com. Users play a vocabulary game and each question answered correctly results in rice donated to hungry people throughout the world. The game is something that can be played at any time, for any length of time, anywhere. Because of sponsors and the revenue from ads, the program is able to raise money and provide its hunger efforts, relying upon volunteers large numbers of people making the small contribution of time to play the game.
Other examples of micro-volunteering involve simple actions through social media such as following a nonprofit organization on Facebook or writing a positive review on a review website. These actions can be performed with barely any burden upon the volunteer; they don’t require filling out an application, attending an orientation, performing a background check, or receiving any training. They can, however, have impressive results when coupled with the efforts of other people doing the same thing. One person sharing an invitation to a fundraiser may have little effect on its own, but a thousand people sharing an invitation to a fundraiser may result in many people attending or learning more about the organization.
A great thing about volunteering for WOW! Children’s Museum is that we offer a wide variety of roles with different requirements of time or skills. You can volunteer working with children or without. You can do unskilled tasks like cleaning or restocking supplies or help us with our database and marketing efforts. You can volunteer every week to host an art activity, or you can micro-volunteer just once and help us that little bit. All volunteer service is welcome and appreciated.
Learn more about micro-volunteering opportunities at WOW! here.
Learn more about our other volunteer opportunities here.
Lafayette, Colorado – WOW! Children’s Museum (World of Wonder) is pleased to announce that the Museum has received a $1,000 grant award from Covidien’s Volunteer Incentive Program. The Museum has received this award thanks to the volunteer service of Rich Wetz who is a member of WOW!s Board of Directors and who is also an employee of Covidien.
Covidien’s VIP grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations to assist in covering costs that are associated with ongoing or future projects in which the Covidien employee volunteer is personally involved and to support the employee’s involvement as a volunteer.
“When volunteering, it is always enjoyable to get to see the fruits of your efforts. Serving on WOW!s Board is a very rewarding experience because you get to see the effects of the close collaboration of a small group of people. It is really fun to watch the Museum evolve and improve over time and to be able to see the direct influence your efforts are having on the Museum, its visitors and the community,” said Rich Wetz, WOW! Board of Directors.
About Covidien’s Volunteer Incentive Program:
The Covidien VIP supports employees worldwide in their volunteer work. This Corporate program provides financial support to organizations in which the employee is directly involved as well as recognizing and rewarding employee commitment through ongoing volunteer hours. For more information visit: www.covidien.com
All of us at WOW! would like to recognize and thank Bill Cameron, a Volunteer who has been with us since fall 2008, and who will be retiring from volunteering in the new year. We first met Bill when he stopped by the Museum as a visitor, and asked our staff if there was any “little” volunteer projects he could get involved with. Five years and over 1500 hours of service later, Bill has helped behind the scenes with most exhibits you see in the Museum today – from the Pirate Ship, to Sunsational Energy & Science, to the new Toddler Beach. He has also helped with various maintenance projects around WOW!, and very importantly has helped us with strategic planning as the Museum grows and evolves. He has become a Master fixer, problem-solver, and friend. All of those make him an extremely difficult Volunteer to replace, but it’s his friendship we will miss the most. Thank you, Bill, for being such a integral part of WOW! for so many years. Good luck, and don’t be a stranger!