Volunteers are the public face of the institution, facilitating a welcoming, friendly environment for all visitors as they enter the Museum, visit the exhibits, shop in the store, or attend a special event.
Several of its volunteers — Jeanne Sawyer, Lillian Gaines, Marianne Deitrich, Brenda Bicknell, and Fran Carden — have been with the Museum since the creation of the Museum 15 years ago.
Others, like Jacque Payne, are brand new to the area, looking for a way to get involved.
“Volunteering at the Museum Center has given me the opportunity to interact with a wide range of interesting people, from out-of-towners, to the vibrant citizens of Bradley County. It’s been a pleasure to help make Cleveland’s history relevant and tangible!” said Payne.
“Donating my time and energy to Five Points makes me feel like an important part of the local community.”
Mary Lou Woods, best known for her work with the Bradley County Cannery, is a regular volunteer at the Museum.
“Volunteering at the Museum is not just about being ‘there’,” said Woods. “It is an experience.”
According to Woods, the experience includes learning about our town and community, meeting interesting people, and participating in events that are taking place every day.
“You really get involved with the people, and with the wonderful artists that contribute to our Museum Store,” adds Woods, “Nothing boring here. And I actually look forward to my days at the Museum!”
Volunteer opportunities include visitor services assistant, museum store assistant, and events assistant, as well as various internships with local university students.
In addition to being an active member of our community, Museum volunteers receive various benefits including 10 percent off in the Museum Store, admission to select programs, and a Museum family membership after completing 48 hours of service.
If you are interested in becoming a Museum Center Volunteer, please contact curator of education Joy Veenstra at JVeenstra@museumcenter.org or call 423-339-5745.
The Museum Center at Five Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation.
The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius.
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission.
Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.