In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the High Point Museum hosted a reception April 11 for its volunteers. National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 when former President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the week as an annual celebration of volunteering.
The theme for National Volunteer Week is “Celebrating People in Action.””National Volunteer Week, a signature event of Points of Light Institute, celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the country.
During the past year, 60 volunteers ranging in age from teens to senior adults worked 2,483 hours valued at $51,696.06 at the museum. Volunteers have served in almost every area of operations, including giving tours, answering phones, stuffing envelopes, selling souvenirs, inventorying artifacts, planning special events, assisting fundraising efforts and promoting Historical Society memberships.
“With our staff reduced by about half in the past two years, we are relying on our volunteers more than ever,” says Edith Brady, museum director. “We couldn’t offer all the programs and services we do without them. They are critical to our efforts in preserving High Point’s history.”
To learn more about the museum, call (336) 885-1859 or visit www.highpointmuseum.org.