The first thing I did when I posted my 2014 calendar at my desk was highlight National Volunteer Week so I could look forward to celebrating KW|AG’s volunteers. A lot of what goes on at the gallery happens because of our dedicated team of volunteers; I feel like every time a volunteer commits to a project or event there is simply no way to express the amount of gratitude we have for their help. So, now that it is finally National Volunteer Week I would like to take this great opportunity to gloat about some of the work volunteers do with KW|AG, and to attempt to say thanks. I mean, I’ve only been waiting for this week since last April…
Some people may not know that KWAG is a registered charity. Among other things, this means that a lot of our projects rely heavily on volunteer support. Events throughout the year such as Family Sundays and exhibition openings involve planning and preparation and would not be the successes they are without the support of our volunteers. The Black & Gold Gala Committee is volunteer-driven, and their work makes a huge contribution to KW|AG. Volunteers play a role at every level of the Gallery’s operations; members of KW|AG’s Board of Directors are volunteers, and their leadership helps guide the Gallery to success and create connections in the community. The generosity of our volunteers goes beyond dedication of their time. They bring a wealth of their own amazing talents, such as flower arranging, photography, languages, sales and customer service. They lend their education, experience, ideas and professional networks to projects to ensure they are successes. These commitments, talents and abilities help enrich the KW|AG experience for everyone – patrons and staff alike.
In 2013 KW|AG recorded approximately 1,900 hours of volunteer time – that’s A LOT of hours! It is immensely humbling that our volunteers so willingly share their time and energy on weekends, holidays, evenings and during their own working hours. Beyond enhancing the Gallery in big and little ways, perhaps the greatest result of our volunteers’ hard work this past year is that the Gallery has an increasingly strong presence in our community. This measure of success means a great deal for KW|AG and it is with pride that we say: Thank you KWAG Volunteers, for everything you do. I feel like it is said a lot, but truly KW|AG couldn’t do it if it weren’t for you.
By: Becky Moore, Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator.