Volunteer Voice

WOW! Awarded $1,000 VIP Grant from Covidien

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by wowadmin No Comments

covidien caresLafayette, 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

Thank You Bill!

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by wowadmin No Comments

Bill Cameron - VolunteerAll 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!

Marketing Adviser Wanted!

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by wowadmin No Comments

WOW! Children’s Museum is seeking a marketing professional to volunteer and advise the Marketing Director on the following:

  1. Strengthening branding and messaging
  2. Review the annual marketing plan and advise on tactics and strategies
  3. Assist with developing evaluation tools for the marketing plan
  4. Advise on basic market analysis and industry trends

Time Commitment:  Flexible.  Approximately 5 hours per month including a monthly meeting with the Marketing Director.

For more information please contact, Katie MacDonald, WOW! Marketing Director

Volunteer at WOW!’s Comic Con

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by wowadmin No Comments


Come join the fun as WOW! Children’s Museum and Comic Book Classroom (the people who bring you the Denver Comic Con) on August 24th (10am to 4pm) for a day of activities, programs and performances, celebrating pop culture and comics at the WOW! Comic Con!

We are looking for volunteers to help welcome visitors, face paint, assist illustrators and with animation art stations, and create superhero costumes.  Several local artists will be on hand, and we’ll be needing a crowd of volunteers to support them and Museum staff for the big event.

If you are interested in volunteering for the  WOW! Comic Con, please contact our Volunteer Services Director, Heather Roberts as soon as possible so that we can get you signed up for this exciting opportunity!

For more information about volunteering at the Museum, please visit our Volunteer page.


Gala Committee Volunteers Wanted!

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by wowadmin No Comments

room overview 1  silent auction 2  roulette

Do you have an interest in fundraising or event planning?  WOW! Children’s Museum is seeking motivated volunteers to join our 2013 Gala Committee.  WOW!’s annual gala is a formal fundraising event which includes live and silent auction, entertainment, dinner, helicopter rides (that’s right!) and casino games.   The gala is scheduled for September 27th 2013 at A Spice of Life Event Center in Boulder.

Gala Committee Volunteer Duties:

  • Attend monthly meetings to discuss procurement of auction items and event sponsors
  • Assist with auction item requests and donation pick up
  • Choose theme and decor
  • Help with day of gala preparations and clean up

Interesting in joining the Gala Committee?  Contact Gemma Webster, Development Director, gemma@wowchildrensmuseum.org

10 Benefits of Corporate Volunteer Programs

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013 by wowadmin No Comments


Reading through the Volunteer Screening Blog recently, I came across this entry.  We have hosted some wonderful corporate volunteers in 2012 (Qualcomm, AMGEN, Kohl’s, RES Americas, and the Marquis at Town Center – I’m talking about you!), and are looking forward to working with more in the future.  These are some great reasons for businesses to encourage volunteering from their employees!


“According to recent studies, customers really respond when companies are involved in helping their communities, with a direct result to revenues. In this economy, with social funding being cut out of state and federal budgets, volunteers are more vital than ever to thousands of non-profit organizations nationwide.

Here are 10 benefits of implementing a corporate volunteer program:

  1. Employee volunteer programs allow corporations to develop more personal relationships in their communities, by sharing their human resources with non-profit organizations in need.
  2. According to a 2003 study called Good Companies, Better Employees, employees that participate in company-sponsored volunteer programs think more highly of their employers, with 63% calling it a great place to work compared to other companies.
  3. The same study reveals that 67% of employees who participate in volunteer programs are fairly or very satisfied with their jobs.
  4. These employee/volunteers also speak more highly of their employers to others, with 54% saying nice things vs. 49% of non-volunteers.
  5. Volunteer activities strengthen work teams, build employee skills and contribute to professional development.
  6. Employers see higher retention rates for employees who participate in volunteer activities. In addition, they are more likely to pursue promotion and development opportunities after volunteering.
  7. Employers can enjoy a higher level of workforce skills when employees volunteer. A 1998 study showed competency improved 14 to 17 percent as a direct result of volunteering.
  8. 51% of employees surveyed in 2007 said they believe an employee volunteer program is the greatest contribution a company can make to a non-profit organization. In contrast, only 37% named financial donations and 8% mentioned product donations as the greatest contribution.
  9. Corporate-sponsored volunteer events raise visibility in the community. Businesses benefit from positive perceptions and free publicity. Good-news stories about employee volunteers often generate greater media coverage, too.
  10. Employee volunteer programs help attract new employees. 62% of 18- to 26-year olds said in the 2007 study that they prefer to work for companies that provide opportunities for them to apply their skills to a non-profit organization’s benefit.”

Volunteering is good for your health!

Posted on: August 25th, 2012 by wowadmin No Comments


It’s official, volunteering is clinically linked to better health!  A study released recently by the Corporation for National and Community Service has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.  Click on this link to read more about this fantastic phenomenon!

What do our volunteers love about WOW?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by wowadmin No Comments


“I like the people and atmosphere.  I love working with kids, so it was a great experience.”

“I have experienced working with kids who are less fortunate than I am, and have enjoyed being with and helping them.”

“It is fun and welcoming.”

“WOW is a perfect place to share ideas.”

“(A child’s) enjoyment of his experience made mine seem worthwhile.”


Thank you to all the volunteers out there who are enjoying themselves and making a difference, both at WOW and beyond!

If you’re interested in being a volunteer at the Museum – fantastic!  Visit our Volunteering page for more information.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week!

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by wowadmin 1 Comment


WOW! is celebrating National Volunteer Week with a huge project — we’re painting our Activity Rooms (the rooms along the south side of the Museum), and we’re going to need a lot of volunteer help!

To find out more about this project, and about our upcoming Summer Volunteering Opportunities, read the newest edition of our Volunteer Newsletter, or email or call me at WOW!

Please let me know if you’re interested in these fun and meaningful opportunities!

Heather, Volunteer Director

Thank you, Volunteers!

Posted on: January 14th, 2012 by wowadmin No Comments


Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped out at the Museum in 2011, making it a banner year for the Volunteer department, and for WOW!  It is truly an honor to work with such exceptionally generous people.  Keep up the good work!

Here is a copy of our latest newsletter.  We have lots of fun activities and events scheduled for the new year, so please browse through it and let us know when you’d like to become involved!

Volunteer Newsletter – January2012

Get In Touch

110 N. Harrison Ave
Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 604-2424

Summer Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Toddler Hour 9am-10am
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

WOW! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Upcoming Events

  • Member Preview for Investigating Dinosaurs

    July 26, 2014

    WOW! Children's Museum Members- this hour is for you to explore our new Investigating Dinosaurs exhibit! In addition to our exciting new exhibit, we'll also have dinosaur crafts and real fossils for kids to touch.

    This event is for WOW! Children's Museum members only.

  • Investigating DInosaurs Opening Event

    July 26, 2014

    WOW! Children's Museum is celebrating the opening of our brand new exhibit Investigating Dinosaurs with a Dino-riffic party! We'll have dino crafts, fossils kids can see and touch, a dinosaur expert Q&A, giveaways, and of course, our exciting new exhibit that features hands-on dinosaur activities for kids!

    This event is included with Museum admission.

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