Spotlight: Volunteer Donald

April 28, 2008 | Sherry Samuels

Donald has been coming to the museum for 25 years as a visitor, bringing his children and grandchildren here, which gives him a very unique and committed viewpoint as a volunteer. For over two years now he has been coming in every week and helping care for our farmyard animals. On the right you can see him preparing feed bags for the farmyard critters.

He is so important to our collective mood, that the Keepers actually argue (in a fun way) over who gets to work with him in the farmyard that day. If he knows we are going to be short staffed, he comes in extra to help. If he knows it’s supposed to be a busy attendance day, he will come in an hour early before his shift starts to ensure our animals are cleaned and equipment is out of the way before visitors coming first thing. If bad weather hits, Donald shows up to help out. It is not a stretch to say that Donald is our most enthusiastic adult volunteer.

He truly believes in the importance and rewards of volunteering for a place that is of great value to the community, and it shows in his work ethic.

I am constantly reminded when writing these Spotlights how fortunate I am to be surrounded by such dedicated and passionate people- Donald is yet another amazing person on our great team.

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