“A big hand” has a couple of meanings at NJPAC: a hearty round of applause OR the assistance offered every day by the Arts Center’s corps of volunteers.
For National Volunteer Week, we visited with a few of the special crew that keeps NJPAC running smoothly. Year after year, volunteers uphold NJPAC’s mission in countless ways, whether they are guiding children in arts learning, introducing programs to many communities, running the photo booth in the lobby, or giving behind-the-scenes tours to the public.
Lora Vimont is a tour guide and assists Arts Education. With her background in arts education, she is able to edit curriculum, making her a valuable asset to our teaching artists and faculty Want to hear about the architectural history of the building or that monument on the lawn? Ask her for a tour!
An energetic intern in our Community Engagement Department, Brittany Powelson comes to NJPAC from Montclair State University. Growing up, she sang in choirs that performed on our stages and describes working here as “a dream come true.” A favorite moment of her volunteer responsibilities was representing NJPAC at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Newark.
Get to know Joel Williams, today’s volunteer spotlight 🔆 for #NationalVolunteerWeek! See more on our stories (including his favorite #njpac memory) at https://t.co/dfu5lMFSSY. pic.twitter.com/PZZ0NjFDFf— njpac (@NJPAC) April 11, 2019
Joel Williams, a new volunteer at NJPAC, discovered the volunteer program through a friend’s recommendation. Retired at age 50, he wanted to find a way to give back. Reflecting on his experiences here, Joel says his biggest thrill was seeing Gladys Knight perform. (Don’t forget, she’s back this August!)
Deborah Muhammad volunteers on the switchboards here, as well as with our Books on the Move literacy program. She says she’s “passionate about doing something every day to help someone, to make their life a little better, to put a smile on their face.”
An NJPAC volunteer for two decades, Jeanette Marable assists customers at events, helps in the office with mailings, and works with our Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens students. She finds it rewarding to volunteer at NJPAC and enjoys “the variety of opportunities to interact with people.”