Volunteer OpportunitiesHave you ever wondered if you would be one of those lucky ones who could work at a museum? Would you like to meet people from all over the world? You can! The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum would like to invite you to volunteer. Volunteering is an exciting way to learn and share your knowledge, as you appreciate the art and techniques of quilting. You do not have to know anything about quilting to get started.
The following volunteer positions are available:
- Gallery Docent - an integral part of the museum experience is a guided tour of the quilts on display. Docents are trained at the opening of each exhibit, through a docent meeting to provide the 'behind-the-quilt' information. Many times there is much more information about the quilt than what the viewer can see. The well-trained docent will have that background information to share with our visitors. Additional training for docents is provided by the education department as needed and desired by docents - so if you have never done this but would like to: Give us a call.
- Librarian: skilled librarians maintain the RMQM library, the library's online database and evaluate donated books for their addition to the library. They also provide assistance to researchers and others -finding the materials they need. Organization days and data entry can always use some additional volunteers. Our librarians and the education department would be glad to train some additional research assistants - so If that interests you, please call Holly Bailey (Education Manager) at RMQM offices.
- Instructor and assistants for Kid's Kamp; basic sewing and quilt making experience necessary, and you must like kids! Kid's Kamp is an exciting experience offered during 3 weeks of June, with kids attending one week sessions. See the Kid's Kamp description. Instructors are needed to be part of the Kid's Kamp volunteer team each week, with assistants providing support, supervision and guidance for each child as they work through their projects. Some instructors and assistants choose to participate all 3 weeks, while others prefer to help only 1 or 2 weeks. Interested? please call Holly Bailey (Education Manager) at RMQM offices, for more details.
- Office Assistance - RMQM has multiple opportunities for individuals to help with bulk mailings: includes labeling, folding and stuffing envelopes. These mailings occur throughout the year and include our quarterly Exhibit Card mailings, Raffle Tickets (early Feb), Fabric and Friends (1st Quarter), Garage Sale (3rd Q) and Annual Giving Campaign (4th Q). We put out calls for these occasions in the weekly newsletter, but would love to have you on the list of interested volunteers - so call and let us know to put you on the list.
- Trunk Show Presenters - Do you love to talk about quilts and/ or quilting with people who are interested? Help RMQM meet our mission of educating the public about quilts and quilt making, by being part of our team of presenters. The education department has prepared programs with quilts to show and descriptive info on the quilts as well as additional materials to provide 45 minute to 1 hour presentations that can be a combination of PowerPoint and hands-on viewing of quilts. A binder for each presentation allows the presenter to brush up ahead of time. If you are new to quilting or feel less than informed, this is a great opportunity to learn. Make an appointment to be part of the Program Team who prepares the programs: researches, selects the right quilts for each one, writes up the descriptions and makes the PowerPoints. It is a fun time in the back rooms of the museum!! Most Trunk Shows are done locally, with a few on the western and southern part of the state. Transportation and lodging are provided, along with a small stipend. Interested? please call Holly Bailey (Education Manager) at RMQM offices, for more details.
- Collection Care Team - this team of individuals help maintain the permanent quilt collection with regular inspection of quilts, attachment of sleeves and labels and documenting in the database.
- Special Events - Our full schedule of special events need many different individuals to make it successful. From planning, to preparing, to staffing the event - there are plenty of opportunities for your skills to contribute to the success and fun of our events. From Exhibit changes and Opening Receptions, to Fundraising Events like the annual Fabric and Friends Luncheon and Auction or the Garage Sale, or the Sunday at the Museum series of monthly lectures with refreshments to the small reception/tours with refreshments - your assistance is very welcome. Please call express your interest in participating and become part of the Special Events volunteer team.
- Additional Volunteers being sought:
- Our marketing department is looking for a couple of people interested in assisting with Online Tasks, such as engaging with networking groups, social media, and monitoring comments in Yelp and Google pages. (We can train)
- Our marketing department is looking for some assistance with creating and editing some videos and clips - do you have a teenager in digital production classes who might need some community service hours? We could help each other!!
- Our education department is looking for help researching some specific program topics to develop additional classes, trunk shows and demo days. You would be working as a team, so it isn't up to you to know everything - great opportunity to learn a lot!
- Flexible schedule
- Quarterly volunteer opportunities offering in-depth information about the exhibits, alerts about upcoming events, and a chance to meet and chat with other volunteers doing other things
- Opportunity to be behind the scenes - meet some of the exhibitors and teachers on a personal basis and get sneak peeks at some truly remarkable things
- Annual volunteer party with recognition and fun
For more information on any of these opportunities, call 303-277-0377 or e-mail RMQM@RMQM.org.