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Celebrating National Volunteer Week
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Posted: 4/10/2015 4:57:23 PM

 

It’s National Volunteer Week and the Intrepid Museum would like to thank our dedicated volunteers who give their time to the Museum all year long! While volunteers often help with administrative duties or aircraft restoration, many support our Museum Services staff by serving as front door greeters, docents or exhibit explainers.
 
 

Did you know? During fiscal year 2015, 150 volunteers donated more than 16,500 hours to the Intrepid Museum and its mission. Volunteers help with education programs, maintain the ship and its artifacts, and support new programs, like our Oral History Project. Mostly, though, volunteers work with guests who come to visit the Museum.

With so much to do on board Intrepid, our volunteer front door greeters are there to answer questions, direct guests to the Allison & Howard Lutnick Theater for a showing of The Story of Intrepid and help guests figure out where to go.

 
 

Other volunteers serve as exhibit explainers, offering a friendly face and knowledge of history. Volunteer docents and exhibit explainers answer questions, help explain the Museum’s artifacts, interact with guests, and provide colorful stories and information about exhibits on display at the Museum. Bob Phelan is one such explainer—he sits in the captain’s bridge, sharing stories of his time in the U.S. Navy with visitors.

 
 

In May 2013, the Intrepid Museum launched its Oral History Project, with the goal of collecting the stories of those who served on board the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid from 1943 to 1974. The Museum also collects oral histories from people associated with the submarine Growler, the space shuttle Enterprise and the supersonic airliner Concorde. Volunteers play a key role in the endeavor, transcribing the interviews and helping the Exhibits Department catalog the content. Since its inception, the Oral History Project has recorded 74 interviews, and a group of 10 volunteers have transcribed 45 of the interviews so far.

 
 

Our volunteers range in age from 18 to 95, and many have served in the military. Among our volunteers, we have veterans of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, who served in World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the Cold War. But our volunteers aren’t all work and no play. In May, they’ll enjoy their annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, and they also have a holiday party every December.

 
 

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities and fill out an application today!

 


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