|Volunteering at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
From college interns to retired workers, the BMI is always looking for volunteers to fill its support crews. “Support Crews are vital to the BMI,” says LeRoy Wheatley, the volunteer coordinator, “the majority of our staff are un-paid volunteers, without them, things would come to a stand still.” As a volunteer, you will receive free admission to the BMI as well as reduced admission to other regional activities. You will also be invited to various lectures, social events and special programs provided by the BMI.
The volunteer support crew has seven separate sections: There is the Gift Shop Crew, The Administrative Support Crew, The Information Technology Crew, The Preservation and Maintenance Crew, The Teachers Support Crew, The Special Events and Projects Crew and finally The BMI Living History Program Crew. Each program was designed to appeal to specific interests and skills.
- The Gift Shop Crew is responsible for running the Emporium Gift Shop. Gift Shop volunteers are often needed to greet and direct visitors as well.
- The Administrative Support Crew is part of the Public Relations Department. Volunteers assist the Administrative Staff in advertising museum events as well as helping out with the daily operation of the museum.
- The Information Technology Crew assists the staff in maintaining the BMI Web site, company networks and file systems.
- The Preservation and Maintenance Crew helps to maintain exhibits. Painters, graphic artists, carpenters, mechanics and machinists are all needed in order to keep the BMI running. The Preservation Crew is also responsible for caring for the S.S. Baltimore, a 1906 coal-fired steam tug (the only functional steam tug on the East Coast). The S.S. Baltimore is maintained and run entirely by volunteers.
- The Teacher Support Crew helps the museum’s educators to prepare the museum’s award winning hands-on activities for students.
- The Special Events and Projects Crew work on an “as needed” basis. This team works on a variety of projects such as museum clean ups, fund-raising campaigns and special events preparations.
- Finally, there is The BMI Living History Program. Volunteers who qualify for this program can be trained as apprentice blacksmiths, printers and historic figures to be a living part of the exhibits during tours and events.
There are a variety of ways to volunteer at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and volunteers are always appreciated. To find out more about the volunteer programs offered at BMI contact the volunteer coordinator, LeRoy Wheatley, at (410) 727-4808 ext.145.