Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Volunteer Week, April 9-14, 2017

On any given day at the Providence Children’s Museum, you will find many volunteers contributing to its mission in many different ways. They welcome visitors at the Admissions Desk, they assist the Development department with fundraising, they create materials for Education programs, and of course, they support kids’ play. In many cases, visitors’ fond memories of the Museum are due to interactions with these volunteers.  

PCM celebrated its many volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 9-14, 2017. Museum staff treated our volunteers to sweet and savory snacks in the kitchen and seven volunteers won gift cards in our daily prize drawings. Volunteers were invited to dress up in themed costumes each day for Spirit Week, and some went all out: Nelly Gonzalez rocked our world with her 80’s attire on Decade Day! 

At the Annual Meeting on April 12, the Museum honored Allyson Chrupcala, Kerri Cronin, Dave Graff, Julio Lopez, Mayra Mendoza, and Michelle Rivera with Volunteer Excellence Awards. These outstanding volunteers have consistently gone above and beyond in their service to our visitors. They exemplify the dedication displayed by all of our volunteers, who have collectively served 11,484 hours in 2016 and 3,561 so far in 2017! 

All of this time and effort freely given by our volunteers is a major reason why we are the most visited museum in Providence and the second most visited museum in Rhode Island. The next time you visit, thank a volunteer! In the words of our Annual Meeting special guest Tim Gunn, volunteers “make it work!”  

(And by “it,” we mean the Providence Children’s Museum!)

Ariana Dickie greets our guests with a warm smile. 

Allyson Chrupcala, Julio Lopez, and Mayra Mendoza receive their awards.  

Allyson and Mayra pose with special guest Tim Gunn of Project Runway! 

Development Intern Mackenzie Griffin talks with a guest. 

Our volunteers are versatile! Play Guides Lila Mitchell and Megan Haugh man the bar during the Annual Meeting. 

Photo Credit to Oeil Phography