The Orpheum relies on its enthusiastic team of volunteers accomplish its mission. Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the interests and skills of the volunteers and the needs of the museum. Volunteers can belong to one or more Volunteer Crews described below.
How to get started:
- Fill out a volunteer application.
- Read the crews below to find the one that captures your interests. Groups or individual volunteers that would like to work on specific tasks, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
The Education Crew directly assists our staff in educational activities. Opportunities include our weekly events, camps and clubs, and event informal activities with children during open hours such as helping inspire puppet shows and reading science books to our young visitors. And while much of our curriculum is developed in-house by our staff, there are also opportunities for volunteers to help design and implement new educational programming. If education is your passion, sign up to make a difference in a child’s life.
For the Orpheum’s high-quality programming to have a true impact, the community needs to hear about what we have to offer! The Promotions Crew helps the Orpheum connect with the community through planning and implementing marketing campaigns, assisting in the development and distribution of marketing material and online promotional campaigns, and cultivating and communicating with media outlets. If you have a knack for communicating with others whether it be through the use of the social media or by way of an enthusiastic and contagious personality, this crew is right for you!
The Facilities Crew takes care of the appearance and organization of the Orpheum, as well as being involved in the historic preservation and renovation of our 1914 theater home. Activities might include helping with maintenance, cleaning, and organizing during or assisting the Museum Associates during open hours. Please contact the Executive Director at 217-352-5895 if you’re interested in helping to keep the Orpheum a clean and safe space for creative learning.
Our museum is well-known for its hands-on experiential exhibits which teach science to young minds through play. Members of our Exhibits Crew are the handy-folk and tinkerers of our community that keep our exhibits in good working order. They are responsible for repairing and improving exhibits as well as designing and implementing new exhibits. Please contact the Executive Director at 217-352-5895 if you think you have the ambition, skills or creativity to create a memorable experience in a child’s life!
Along with hard work and love, it takes money to run an organization like the Orpheum. Our Fundraising Crew helps with planning and staffing fundraising events, grant writing and donor relations. If this sounds like your area of skill and interest, this is the crew for you! Please contact the Executive Director at 217-352-5895 with your fundraising ideas.
Special Events Crew
The Orpheum is well-known for its science-themed special events such as Kids Building Fair, our Kid’s Halloween Events, Parade of Lights, Snow Globe, LEGO Day, Birthday Parties and various other annual events. These events are lots of fun, but require lots of extra hands and lots of high-energy personalities to keep these events running smoothly. If you’re service minded, make a good host, or just like seasonal festivities, this crew will be right up your alley!