University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Volunteer at the Chippewa Valley Museum

30 hours

Community partner: Chippewa Valley Museum
Supervisor: Angela Allred
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer Learn about the history of the Chippewa Valley through exhibits within the Chippewa Valley Museum. Greet and interact with visitors as they enter the museum. Ring up sales at admittance desk and at museum gift shop. Become familiar with merchandise and keep the gift shop clean/straightened. Answer phones and help staff with projects as needed. Learn about and share history of the area with visitors while scooping ice cream, making malts, shakes, sodas, coffee, and specialty items in the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. The museum is located in Carson Park, Eau Claire, a short hike from UWEC.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer The purpose of the Chippewa Valley Museum shall be to discover, collect, preserve, and interpret the history and culture of the Chippewa Valley and its people. CVM is an award winning museum that involves the community in history of the Chippewa Valley through exhibits, tours, classes, and special events for all age groups.


What skills are required for this project?
Answer Volunteers will practice good interpersonal communication by speaking with museum visitors and/or answering phones. Work with visitors of varying backgrounds and a variety of staff and community members. Cash handling and strict adherence to all applicable Health Department regulations are also required.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer The objectives for the front desk/museum store volunteer at Chippewa Valley Museum are to make a favorable impression on the general public, visitors, and callers. Become familiar with the museum's exhibits, learn about the history of the area, and convey information to visitors.


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer Students may volunteer to help on a weekly basis (i.e. every Wednesday) or 1-3 times per month. Volunteers are scheduled to help in three- or four-hour shifts during museum hours (see below). Some exceptions to this schedule may be arranged. Museum Hours through Labor Day: Weekends: Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday 1PM-5PM Weekdays: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, hours extended until 8PM on Tuesdays. Museum Hours after Labor Day: Weekends: Saturday 10AM-5PM Weekdays: Tuesday-Friday 1PM-5PM, hours extended until 8PM on Tuesdays.


Additional information (not required).
Answer None