University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Museum Ice Cream Parlor Volunteer

30 hours

Community partner: Chippewa Valley Museums
Supervisor: Tim Hirsch
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer This initiative is an engaging volunteering project based at The Chippewa Valley Museums, where volunteers work in an ice cream parlor. Beyond just serving up delicious treats, volunteers are trained to intertwine historical narratives into their interactions with museum visitors. They'll delve into the origins and evolution of the parlor itself, as well as the broader cultural impact of ice cream. By merging the enjoyment of ice cream with the exploration of local history, this project offers a unique and enriching experience for both volunteers and visitors alike. Through storytelling and shared experiences, it fosters education, engagement, and community building within the museum's surroundings.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Chippewa Valley Museums connect people to our community and inspire curiosity by collecting, preserving, and sharing our region's historical and cultural resources.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer a. Communication b. Food handling and safety knowledge c. Basic computer/tablet/internet skills d. Basic cash handling e. Attention to detail f. Reliability g. Timeliness h. Teamwork


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Students will gain a basic understanding of Chippewa Valley Museum's mission and available resources, learn new ideas or facts regarding Chippewa Valley's history and culture, specifically regarding the ice cream parlor, engage and connect with visitors, staff, and other volunteers comprising diverse backgrounds, and promote community engagement by actively engaging with parlor visitors, encouraging them to explore other areas of the museum and participate in additional programs or events.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer Orientation and training are a 2-hour commitment. Ice Cream Parlor Volunteers must be available during parlor operating hours and must commit to a minimum of two hours per shift. Standard parlor operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm starting May 25th.


Additional information (not required).

Answer Please submit a volunteer interest form at to indicate when you are available. Tim Hirsch ( will respond within 10 days. Students can choose to complete this project for 15 hours or 30 hours.