Written by Karine Huys, Coordinator of Volunteer Services
The Indiana State Museum recruits volunteers of all age ranges, skill levels and interests. But I decided this afternoon that I wanted to see how far reaching our recruitment was geographically. So I sat down at my computer, opened our volunteer database and pulled up the mailing addresses of all the current volunteers and interns. After some extensive sorting in Excel, map questing and rounding to the nearest whole number, I have a very impressive list. And here it is in Top 10 style …
10. Anne from Danville at 22 miles
9. Karen and Vic from Franklin at 23 miles
8. David and Sue from Greenfield at 26 miles
7. April from Franklin tied with Lilly from Lafayette at 30 miles
6. Julie from Jamestown at 31 miles
5. Linda from Coatesville at 33 miles
4. Alice and Bob from Knightstown at 39 miles
3. Carolyn from New Ross at 40 miles
2. Nell from Columbus at 56 miles
And our farthest traveling volunteer at 59 miles — Karen from New Richmond!
Since I figured out who the farthest traveling volunteer was, I also decided to see who was the closest. It was close —no pun intended — and we have several people who walk to the museum for their shifts, but Barry is officially the closest at .53 miles. Our runner up, Carol, was only about one tenth of a mile farther.
While the Indiana State Museum sits in the heart of White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, our volunteers are coming to us from miles and blocks away! If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, contact the volunteer center at 317.234.2449 or see the volunteer page on the museum’s website.