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Great Lakes Children's Museum Charity Profile
The Great Lakes Children's Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the demonstrated ability to create high-quality, hands-on, educational experiences for the youth and families of Northern Lower Michigan, as well as for the many visitors to our area.
Mission Statement: The founders and leaders of the Museum declare that the Mission of the Great Lakes Children's Museum is to surround children and the adults in their lives with a hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environment that will invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation, and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.
Great Lakes Children's Museum Volunteer Information
The Museum uses volunteers in a variety of functions, from strategic planning and policy making to daily operations. In the past year, more than 100 volunteers at the Museum have logged more than 5,000 hours of time.
Volunteering at the Museum
The Great Lakes Children's Museum operates with a small staff; therefore, volunteers are vital to help make operations run smoothly. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities:
Tour Guides for Educational Programs
Exhibit Maintenance & Repairs - fixing, painting, building
The Volunteer Process
The Children's Museum values all our volunteers. They make it possible for the Museum to enact its mission of offering exciting, educational, safe experiences for all our visitors. Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute your time and skills to benefit our community, as well as to develop new skills and interests, meet new friends, and make a difference in the life of a child. The Museum provides endless challenges for creativity, imagination, and exploration.
In addition to adult volunteers, we welcome youth volunteers, who may begin museum training at age 12. GLCM has an active Youth Volunteer Program. In addition to learning work skills, meeting new people, and trying new things, youth volunteers have an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of our visitors through encouragement, challenge, and exciting new ideas.
Orientation and Training
It is important that every volunteer represent the Museum properly. All volunteers attend orientation and training prior to joining the active volunteers. We recommend that a new volunteer shadow at least two shifts with a veteran volunteer or staff member to observe correct Museum procedures, and become comfortable with them. Each volunteer will be given a handbook.
Great Lakes Children's Museum Donation Information
As with most nonprofits, income from operations only funds a portion of the Museum's needs. We work hard to make the Museum as efficient as possible, but we still need you to help us bring the wonders of the Great Lakes Children's Museum to the community.