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Become a volunteer

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Missouri Model Railroad Museum (MMRM). Our museum relies heavily on the dedication and passion of volunteers to bring the magic of model railroading to life for our visitors. Whether you’re a seasoned model railroader or simply enthusiastic about preserving this rich aspect of history, there are numerous opportunities for you to get involved and make a meaningful contribution.

Why Volunteer with Us?

Volunteering at MMRM is not just about giving back to the community; it’s also an opportunity for personal growth, learning, and connecting with like-minded individuals. By joining our team of volunteers, you’ll:

  • Make a Difference: Your efforts will directly impact the success and growth of our museum. Whether you’re assisting visitors, working on exhibits, or helping with events, you’ll play a vital role in preserving and promoting the art of model railroading.
  • Gain Experience: Volunteering at our museum offers valuable hands-on experience in various aspects of museum operations, from curation and preservation to event planning and customer service. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and enhance your resume.
  • Connect with Others: You’ll have the chance to meet fellow model railroad enthusiasts, historians, and community members who share your passion. Volunteering often leads to lasting friendships and networking opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

At MMRM, we offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities to suit different interests, schedules, and skill levels. Some of the areas where you can contribute include:

  • Visitor Services: Greet visitors, provide information about exhibits, and ensure they have a memorable experience during their visit.
  • Exhibit Maintenance: Assist with the setup, maintenance, and restoration of model railroad layouts and exhibits. This may involve cleaning, repairing, or adding new features to enhance the displays.
  • Education Programs: Help develop and deliver educational programs for schools, youth groups, and other organizations interested in learning about model railroading and its history.
  • Special Events: Assist with organizing and staffing special events, workshops, and fundraisers held at the museum. This could include helping with setup, registration, or leading guided tours.
  • Administrative Support: Provide administrative assistance, such as data entry, mailings, and answering phones, to support the day-to-day operations of the museum.

How to Get Involved

Getting started as a volunteer at MMRM is easy! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Complete an Application: Fill out our online volunteer application form, which you can find on our website or obtain at the museum’s front desk.
  2. Attend an Orientation: Once your application is received, we’ll invite you to attend a volunteer orientation session. During this session, you’ll learn more about our museum, its mission, and available volunteer opportunities.
  3. Training and Placement: Based on your interests and availability, we’ll work with you to find the best volunteer role. You’ll receive any necessary training and support to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your responsibilities.
  4. Start Volunteering: Once you’ve completed orientation and training, you’re ready to start volunteering! Whether you can dedicate a few hours a week or only have time for occasional shifts, every contribution makes a difference.

Join Us Today!

Become a part of the MMRM family and help us preserve the history and beauty of model railroading for generations to come. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or new to the hobby, there’s a place for you on our team. Contact us today to learn more about volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved!