Jul
10

Dedicated and Celebrated: Smithsonian Volunteer Appreciation 2018

Party girl Kris Hamilton takes a whirlwind tour of volunteer appreciation events around the Smithsonian.

What a great few months of celebration! Every year, volunteer coordinators and managers say thank you to their volunteers with a variety of enrichments opportunities, tokens of appreciation and special events and this year everyone worked hard to show volunteers how much we value their hard work and dedication.

Let’s see how volunteers across the Smithsonian celebrated!

At the National Museum of the American Indian in New York – volunteer coordinator Spirit Trickey and her volunteers celebrated with a colorful evening food and fun!

People listening to speaker at podium

National Museum of the American Indian Volunteer Appreciation event | April 2018

People seated at tables listening to speakers

National Museum of the American Indian Volunteer Appreciation event | April 2018

In sunny Ft. Pierce Florida, the Smithsonian Marine Station staff said thank you to their volunteers on the beach on a lovely warm, Florida evening in April!

Volunteers gather under mushroom sculpture

Smithsonian Marine Station staff & volunteers | Appreciation Ceremony | April 2018.

Group photo of volunteers

Smithsonian Marine Station staff & volunteers | Appreciation Ceremony | April 2018.

On the Mall, the Smithsonian Castle Volunteers and the Office of Visitor Services said thank you to their volunteers with a brunch in the Haupt garden at the Castle!

Couple pose for photo in great hall

Volunteers Doug Kraus and Stacey Schweppe in the Arts and Industries Building. (Photo by
Daniel Schwartz Photo, 2018)

Group photo

From left, Beth Gawne, Joyce Vervin, Bonnie Miller in the Haupt Garden. (Photo by Daniel Schwartz Photo, 2018)

These are just some of the great volunteer appreciation events and happenings from around the Smithsonian this year.

While we strive to make sure our volunteers feel valued each and every day – it’s always nice to have some fun and do something just a bit special in April!

Tell us more!!! What did you do this year? Send pictures and thoughts to HamiltonK@si.edu

Group selfie

Kris Hamilton takes a selfie with (from left) Laura Mersky, Joyce Vervin, Tom Chacko, Sandy Chacko and Andrea Baruchin.


Posted: 10 July 2018
About the Author:

Kristina Hamilton has been with the Office of Visitor Services since 2016, serving as the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention assistant. Cars, football, and Great Danes take up much of Kris’ free time. Avid car enthusiasts, Kris and her husband spend their summers working on their cars or taking them to the track with their ‘road dogs’ Shadow and Brodie.

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