Volunteering at the JMM

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by

Ilene Cohen established the role of Volunteer Coordinator 12 years ago and was in charge of volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention, scheduling and interviews. During that time, she did an amazing job growing our volunteer corps, making sure that our volunteer’s skills were well utilized and planning exciting field trips. This past summer, Ilene decided it was time to leave the JMM to pursue other activities. As it turned out that Ilene’s job was too big for any one person to take on, so Sue Foard, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, and I decided it was best to split her duties amongst ourselves.

A helpful resource

A helpful resource

As I have not had much experience managing volunteers, I decided it was important to learn as much I can about Volunteer Management. I have read books such as Transforming Museum Volunteering by Ellen Hirzy and Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums by Kristy Van Hoven and Loni Wellman. I have also joined the American Association for Museum Volunteers and attended volunteer-related sessions at the American Alliance of Museum’s Annual Conference last year.

Former volunteer Sydney at the front desk

Former volunteer Sydney at the front desk

Part of my duties now includes sending out monthly calendars and scheduling our docents, front desk volunteers and shop volunteers. I am also continuing Ilene’s tradition of writing monthly Volunteer Spotlights where I highlight our dedicated volunteer corps. So far I have profiled individuals such as Ernie Silversmith who volunteers as a docent, Carol Buckman who assists us  in Esther’s Place, and Vera Kastenberg who volunteers in the Library.

Volunteer Ernie begins a synagogue tour.

Volunteer Ernie begins a synagogue tour.

Lately, we’re been working on making our volunteer program even better. Several of my colleagues recently sat down to try to brainstorm new projects that our volunteers could tackle as well as think of other organizations we could contact to recruit more volunteers. We are in the early stages of planning for a spring fieldtrip to other area museums. I have also started working on a marketing project with two of our docents, Bev Rosen and Wendy Davis, to try to encourage adult groups that have visited the JMM in the past five years, to plan a return trip to see one of our upcoming exhibits. Bev and Wendy have been instrumental in contacting local synagogues, churches and senior homes and recommending other organizations we should reach out to.

Volunteer Judy hard at work reorganizing and sprucing up our library.

Volunteer Judy hard at work reorganizing and sprucing up our library.

Devan Southerland, our Office Manager and Shop Assistant, has also graciously agreed to help us with recruitment and outreach. In an effort to enrich our guests with a variety of experiences during their visit, our goal is to reach out to a myriad of outlets for volunteers from local community centers to senior groups.  We are in the beginning stages of working with other downtown cultural attractions such as the Maryland Science Center to create a core group of volunteers that work not only with us but with capabilities to work at other museum sites around the city.  While we have a lot of work of ahead of us, we’re very excited to expand our volunteer base at the JMM.

GrahamA blog post by Graham Humphrey, Visitor Services Coordinator. To read more posts by Graham click HERE.

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Once Upon a Time…04.15.2016

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church by email at jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011029276Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  April 15, 2016

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.029.276

 

Status: Identified! Levindale volunteers, including Eunice Heyman, receiving an award, circa 1980 (Left to Right): Lillian Steikman; Suzie Shane; Fannie Cohen; unidentified; Eunice Heyman

 

Thanks to: Bob Steikman, Judy Chernak, Honey Littman, Lois Steinberg

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Volunteer Spotlight on Carol Buckman!

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by

Carol Buckman has been a shop volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for about two years. Her husband, Marty Buckman, who she has been married to for 29 years, is also a volunteer at the JMM (read up on him here). Prior to volunteering with us, Carol worked for 25 years as a Doctor’s assistant and then in the jewelry department at Sacks.  I was amazed to learn that she has held 29 different jobs in Baltimore.

Carolyn Buckman

Carolyn Buckman

Carol decided to volunteer at the JMM because she wanted to reconnect with her heritage as well as help others do the same. She fondly describes growing up when Lombard Street was bustling with activity and remembers when chickens were in crates on the sidewalk. When in the shop, she likes rearranging the merchandise and helping customers pick out a gift.  She enjoys explaining Jewish rituals and holidays to our guests and showing off our newest merchandise, such as our Chanukah menorahs. Carol has also helped us out with some outreach programs, such as representing the JMM this past fall at the Annual Museum Shop Around at Strathmore.

When she is not at the JMM, she keeps busy volunteering at local hospitals making jewelry for patients. She also loves cooking and entertaining as well as sewing. Carol comes from a big family and is very proud of her children and great grand-children. We are very lucky to have Carol in the shop as she always lights up the space with her smile and spirit.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Carol in the shop (or as a volunteer in any other area of the Museum), please contact Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

GrahamPost by Visitor Services Coordinator Graham Humphrey. Every month we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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