HMA’s many volunteers are a crucial part of how we do the many things we do to bring people together to inspire the power of creativity. Kelly Smith, HMA’s Development Manager, spoke for us all when she said to those volunteers, “ I can’t say thank you enough for all of you incredible people. Your dedication, passion, and commitment to HMA has helped our anniversary year to be even better than we could have hoped!”
To express our very big gratitude in a small way, on March 30 the staff invited all of the volunteers to a brunch of tasty quiche, breakfast breads and fruits, and mimosas, along with Belinda Wilfong refrigerator magnets for everyone there, plenty of time time for socializing, and a relatively short program of staff saying thank you in their different ways. (The magnets are for sale now in HMA’s gift shop.) The setting was the Shuford Gallery that was lined with the impressive creativity of the 72nd Annual Paul Whitener Student Art Show’s Elementary Division.
Kelly continued, “You all have helped events to run more smoothly, visitors to feel welcomed and well informed, students to engage with artwork and find their own creativity, and newcomers to the museum to feel connected.”
“You’ve also helped our operations by planning and executing important fundraisers, easing staff workload wherever possible, and the over 2,000 volunteer hours that you’ve logged have a monetary value of nearly $50,000* (WOW!) which has a huge positive impact on our ability to provide matching funds for grants.
“We’re a small staff but we have the greatest support system in this community. I know that you all have busy lives and this city has no shortage of worthy causes and organizations to support. We could not be more honored that you have chosen to spend your time and talents in support of this special place.
“Cheers to each of you and all that you do!”
At the conclusion of the official portion of the get-together, Virginia O'Keefe was named HMA's 2018/2019 Volunteer of the Year. During the 2018/19 fiscal year (July - June), Virginia served the Guild as its president, served on HMA’s Board and Executive Committee, and she gave some time to HMA’s education program as well, for a total of over 500 hours - and that is just so far! 500 hours equates to 12.5 40-hour work weeks, just so you know. (She is above right with Jon Carfagno.)
*The estimated dollar value of volunteer work is determined by Independent Sector which “is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.” Most recently (April 20, 2017) it announced the latest value of a volunteer hour to be $24.14
This post is # 33 of the 75 stories to celebrate HMA's 75 years.
Post by Karin Borei, HMA Project Coordinator, writer and editor as needed, and HMA blogger since our blog's inception in March 2015