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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
August 20, 2010

From a very early age I learned to appreciate everything the Academy of Natural Sciences had to offer. My favorites were the magnificent, intimidating dinosaurs. After retiring, I decided to rekindle that old love affair. As luck would have it I met a young doctoral student working at the Academy who said, “We could certainly use your help”. After attending every class available and working the floor of Dinosaur Hall, I became a Docent. Standing in that grand room and watching faces of children as they first encounter the giant reptiles is a reward in itself. The young visitors are full of questions and as you satisfy their thirst, you remember the same feeling of awe you had as a child viewing the Academy’s treasures for the very first time. Eventually I left the public areas and now work behind the scenes in the Labs, with none other than the gentleman, now Doctor, who first greeted me. Regardless of assignment, the Academy experience gives volunteers a sense of belonging to a team that is literally expanding the frontiers of science. I am in my 18th year of service to this iconic institution.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Expanding the wealth of knowledge offered to volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase corporate sponsorship of both programs and facilities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being treated like a full member of the scientific team.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truly dedicated to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the physical plant and incorporate more Hi-Tech in the public areas. Up-date Dino. Hall to add the latest on 'feathered dinosaurs'.

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more time to offer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding ways to increase corporate donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When you play ball with All Stars ... It improves your game!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Shared what I learned.