Friday, February 6, 2009

Lew's Crew Looking for More

WANTED: Additions to the National Medal-winning team

With a Volunteer Round Up set for Thursday, February 12, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., we're welcoming new members to Lew's Crew. There are plenty of positions open, especially in visitor services. Visitor services volunteers greet visitors, sell gift shop items, and give tours. Other positions include grounds work, office assistance, and preparing and executing special events like the Lew Wallace Youth Academy, exhibit openings, and the Taste of Montgomery County.

I asked current volunteer John Wooten what he would say about his volunteer experience here, and he gave an enthusiastic response: “I’ve volunteered here for three years, but it’s definitely not work. I love showing off the Study and telling Lew’s story. I get to use my human resources background and meet a lot of different people.”

Lew’s Crew members commit to three-hour shifts one to four times per month. Museum staff members work with volunteers to schedule shifts and positions that are mutually beneficial. An orientation course is scheduled for later this month, and refresher training will be offered periodically.

Next week's Volunteer Round Up is rescheduled from an earlier event that was snowed out. The publicity from that first date, though, has already prompted several volunteers to join the team. For more information, contact me, Amanda Wesselmann, at the Museum: 765-362-5769 or awesselmann@ben-hur.com

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