Truckee’s KidZone Museum: Perfect community service opportunity | SierraSun.com

Truckee’s KidZone Museum: Perfect community service opportunity

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The KidZone Museum in Truckee is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers of all ages and abilities. Grandparents and teens are especially valuable.

A nonprofit childrenand#8217;s museum serving the North Tahoe and Truckee area since 1994, KidZone welcomes 20,000 visitors a year and more than 50 children a week free through social service partners. The Museum relies heavily on people donating time, skills and generosity last year, volunteer hours equaled $65,000 dollars worth of assistance. KidZone is one of the sole regional organizations available to families six days a week.

Volunteering for the Museum offers you social and educational inspiration and your help allows them to expand community reach to serve more children, especially those in need. Volunteers contribute to creating a place filled with hands-on, imaginary play activities, especially important in an age of limited free play time.

What can you do to volunteer at the museum?

Be a museum docent: Assist with classes, workshops, exhibits and family play labs, daily art room activities and front desk greeting.

Be a camp counselor: At a science, nature or art camp including the Family Camp at Sagehen Meadows.

Be an exhibits committee member: Use your skills and talents to create a unique exhibit. Currently, there is a farm exhibit including a farm house and barnyard full of animals.

Be a Tahoe Family Festival volunteer: Aug. 29 at the Truckee River Regional Park. Lend your skills in marketing, accounting, computers, fundraising or construction.

Also needed are volunteers on the Friends of the Museum committee to raise funds that pay for exhibits, programs and operations. Admissions income covers only 27 percent of overall expenses, with fundraising to fill the gap.

Please contact volunteer coordinator Meghan Maciel at volunteers@kidzonemuseum.org. Visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org for more information.

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