Andrea Wilson has volunteered nearly 900 hours over the past four years.
What’s your background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in communications and worked in insurance for
25 years in Connecticut and Rhode Island. I was thinking about a
career change to teaching and looking for volunteer opportunities to
fill my time, which led me to the Museum.
What have you gotten out of the experience?
It’s a great opportunity to learn after not working with young children
in quite some time. I’ve seen that I really have a special connection to
children. It’s a great place to volunteer. I love the way the
volunteers are supported, that they have training, that there are people
around to ask questions. I think it’s a wonderful model for other
agencies that work with a lot of volunteers.
What’s your favorite exhibit to play in?
Littlewoods. Up to age 4, you really get to see the child’s personality
develop. But they all have something special and unique. There have
been so many changes in the time that I’ve been at the Museum – the
outdoor space, Discovery Studio, ThinkSpace. And of course the little
changes like the window boxes in the ramp are so great.
What do you enjoy most?
Helping a child up the ladder in Littlewoods for the first time. The
parents hover, not sure if their child can do it, and encourage the
child up the ladder. The child gets to the top with a smile so bright,
and then goes down and back up again and again. I love to see a child
so full of joy each and every time.