Volunteer FAQ

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You must be 14 years of age to volunteer at the Children’s Museum.

What do I need to do before I start volunteering?

Adults (18 years of age +) need to submit a Volunteer Application to the Museum. After your application has been processed you can schedule your first visit.

Teens (14 to 18 years of age) can either submit a Volunteer Application AND signed Parental Permission Form Form prior to volunteering or bring the forms with them on their first scheduled volunteer shift. NOTE: If you forget to bring these forms with you, you will NOT be allowed to volunteer.

How often can I volunteer?

Some volunteers arrange to come on a regular basis every week and other volunteers contact us when their schedule permits, perhaps twice each month. REMEMBER: Each time you would like to volunteer you must contact the Museum and arrange for a volunteer time slot.

How many hours can I volunteer each visit?

We suggest a 3 hour shift is the perfect amount of time to volunteer each visit.

What is my overall volunteer time commitment?

We ask that volunteers make a commitment of at least 20 hours per year.

What days and times are volunteers needed?

There are certain peak hours when volunteer help is especially needed. Museum staff can discuss these times with you when you are scheduling a volunteer visit.

What if I sign up to volunteer and later find out I am not longer available?

We realize that things come up and plans do change. We ask that you contact the Museum as soon as you realize you will not be able to make your scheduled volunteer time. Please call Juli Atherton the Administrative Assistant at (616) 235-4726 Ext. 100.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, but don’t worry. It’s very simple – Clean Comfortable Casual Clothes. There are a few things we ask you NOT to wear:

  • Shirts– School or GRCM logo T-shirts are okay. Please no other pictures or words on shirts. Keep warm-no bare midriffs or tank tops.
  • Shorts– No denim or cut-off shorts. Shorts must be an appropriate length.
  • Pants– No denim, athletic, nylon, sweat or mesh pants.
  • Shoes– No sandals. Closed toed shoes are a must. Athletic shoes or other comfortable shoes are great!

What about iPods and cell phones?

We ask that you not carry an iPod, cell phone and other electronic device while volunteering. This way you can focus your attention on the guests and PLAY! The staff will be happy to show you where these items can be stored.

Can I bring a friend to volunteer too?

Yes, BUT only if your friend has completed the volunteer application process too. When you call to schedule your volunteer time slot make sure to let us know that you and a friend would like to come at the same time.

Where can I park?

Visit our Directions / Map page for detailed parking information.

How can I get verification of the hours I have volunteered?

Often schools and other organizations require a special form to be completed by the Museum verifying volunteer hours. Please bring this form with you on the day you volunteer so we can sign the form at the end of your volunteer visit.

Have More Questions?

If you are 14 to 18 years of age, please contact Juli Atherton at (616) 235-4726 ext. 100 or jatherton@grcm.org with your questions.

If you are 18 years or older, please contact Julie Atherton at (616) 235-4726 ext. 100 or jatherton@grcm.org with your questions.


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