Every April during National Volunteer Week, the Museum recognizes our amazing volunteers who donate 50 hours or more in one year at a City Council meeting. With those meetings going digital due to the COVID pandemic, we still wanted to show our appreciation for these volunteers.
We also recognize volunteers earning the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which is a national award based on age and the number of hours donated. In 2019, we had 8 volunteers receive this award.
2019 Volunteer of the Year!
One special volunteer is recognized each year as our volunteer of the year. This person is selected based on commitment, time donated, and overall dedication. Our 2019 volunteer of the year is Emma Kvetensky. Even though she is one of our younger volunteers, Emma has donated over 500 hours to the Hastings Museum. She is a stand out volunteer who will go the extra mile to help enhance our programming. Children love working with her and she always brings a positive attitude. Emma is a natural leader and a great role model for our younger volunteers. We are proud of you, Emma!
Justine brings a lot energy to the programs whenever she volunteers! Visitors are drawn to her bubbly personality. Whenever you need a burst of energy, find Justine and she will deliver it.
Jason is a new volunteer who helps keep our building clean. He is hard working and does a great job. Thanks for all that you do, Jason!
Abbie is an outstanding volunteer. She is able to connect with children of all ages and always makes sure everyone is having a great time while at the museum. Keep on shining, Abbie!
Lynne has donated most of her hours to our collection team. She catalogs artifacts and helps keep our records up to date. She is a tremendous asset to the museum. You rock, Lynne!
Adam is typically seen in our planetarium with Kirk. He is always willing to come in and learn our new planetarium system and to help give public shows. Adam is a real ‘star’ volunteer!
Grace is a volunteer who is able to help shy visitors feel welcomed at our museum camps. She is also an incredible artist and will often get requests from our campers on what to draw next! Keep up the amazing work, Grace!
Michael is one of two volunteers to have donated over 1,000 hours to the museum! He works hard to keep our building clean and is always willing to help in any way he can. Thank you, Michael!
Ann is a volunteer who is always willing to do whatever she can to make our programming better. She has done everything from sweeping up after a busy event to serving food to helping run a station. You’re a superstar, Ann!
Pictured with her adorable baby brother, Raena is an outstanding volunteer with a contagious smile. She is always willing to help a child complete a craft, clean up after a messy project, and anything in between. Keep on rocking it, Raena!
Mikey has volunteered for 6 years at the museum. He has the ability to connect with children of all ages and makes sure everyone is included. Keep being awesome, Mikey!
Tyler is a new volunteer at the museum and has hit the ground running his first year! He is always willing to prep for events and consistently brings a positive attitude with him. Keep on smiling, Tyler!
Kathy has done a little bit of everything for us. She has sewed broken flags back together, help us preserve newspaper articles, and prep countless kits for our events. You’re amazing, Kathy!
Thea is a bubbly volunteer who is able to cheer up any visitor at the museum. She is very resourceful and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Keep on being terrific, Thea!
Mackinzi is a natural leader. She is able to efficiently run a station and keep all visitors engaged. She is wise beyond her years and is always willing to help in any way she can. You will do amazing things, Mackinzi!
Kevin is the type of volunteer who can efficiently complete any task given to him in a timely manner. He is able to produce amazing work to help our programs reach the next level. Thanks for all that you do, Kevin!
Matt is a new volunteer who helps keep our building clean. He is a hard worker and always willing to do what is asked of him. Keep up the great work, Matt!