Volunteer needed for basic computer work at the museum.

  Help to catalog artifacts on our new computer system.

Easy and interesting.  Call Al Pratt at the museum - 818 866-2235 

THE NEW RAM AND NORTH KENT CONNECT NEED

AREA ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS to be part of

AMERICA'S

LARGEST

SCARECROW

BUILDING

EVENT

Rockford's famous "Make It and Take It" Scarecrow Building Project

needs to start planning now to enlist area organizations to help in 2019.

A chance for individuals and adult groups, young and old, 

to give back to the Rockford community

while bringing smiles to thousands of faces.

Let your church, school, scout, or neighborhood

group be part of a long running, fun project that

benefits deserving area non profit groups...

North Kent Connect and The Rockford Area Museum

For 21 years, Rockford area residents have been enjoying Rockford's"Make It and Take It" scarecrow building event.     Originally created by Denise Bradley and her family for her young son's enjoyment, it

has grown to the point when every year, families come from far beyond Rockford to have a great time creating a scarecrow to decorate their homes and businesses.   

Taking place at the start of Rockford's Harvest Festival, the event is filled with smiles and laughter as people interact and cooperate in a small town setting to result in the building of over 800 scarecrows every year.  in 2018, almost 1100 scarecrows were built despite terribly wet and co;d weather on 3 of the event's 4 days. Proceeds were $14,000 with EVERY PENNY  benefiting North Kent Connect and The Rockford Area Museum to help them serve the community's needs.

BUT THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF WHAT IS DESTINED TO BECOME A REGIONAL DESTINATION EVENT

With Rockford's scarecrows already established as THE NATION'S LARGEST, the new goal is to build it into one of the most popular fund raising destination events in the Midwest, and eventually, perhaps even in the nation.  The goal for 2019 is to build at least 2,000 scarecrows.

                                                                                          BUT...

IT CAN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT A LOT OF HELP!

There are opportunities to help with the organization and execution of this event.  There are things to do almost immediately, between now and the event in September, and at the event as well.

Talk to the clubs and organizations that you belong to.

Church Groups

School and PTO Groups

Sport Organizations

Scout Groups,

Service Organizations

Neighborhood organizations

Book Clubs

Garden Clubs

EVERYONE'S HELP IS NEEDED.

There will be fun jobs available for everyone

from students to senior citizens

Contact us by:

using the CONTACT PAGE of this website RIGHT NOW - Indicate "SCARECROWS" on the subject line

or by calling Al Pratt at 616 485-4144

Someone will be happy to meet with you or your group to offer more details.

THANK YOU

TO SHARE YOUR TIME WITH US

We realize that everyone's time is valuable.

Why not make it fun and rewarding, too?

We do everything we can to make it easy for people to help - and to enjoy doing so. 

We could use as much time as you can give us...a few hours weekly, monthly or even on an "as needed" basis. 
You will meet some great people, have some fun, and help your community...all at the sme time!

 Specific needs vary from time to time, but help is always needed.

 

Here are some of the types of volunteer opportunities that arise:

 

Museum Docent/Host:  This is the area for which the most help is needed.  Volunteer opportunities are always available  

                                                  No experience required and docents do not need to be historians. 

                                                  All that is required is a friendly personality and the desire to help.

                                                  New volunteers in this area are pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoy their time at the museum.     

Presentations :  The RAM is always happy to have groups request tours.  Groups range from elementary students to senior citizens. 

                                If you have an outgoing personality and would enjoy presenting material to groups, this is for you.                   
Computer maintenance:  We occasionally encounter computer  "issues" and we admittedly don't have the expertise we need to deal with them.

                                                    If you are knowledgable about computers, Internet, etc.  we would welcome your involvement. 

                                                   We are currently evaluating our needs and our equipment.  Can you help?

Cleaning:  If you could help with some occasional light cleaning at the museum, we would love to hear from you.

und raising is an ongoing reality for the RAM.Fundraising:   We never charge for services, so f

                             The need for help could come as quickly as the next good idea for a fund raising project. 

                             We need a group of people willing to help us brainstorm and execute these projects as they come up.

                              Can we add you to that list?

Research/Genealogy:  This is an area for which some experience would be helpful, but if you are willing to learn

                                              from our Research Director, you might fit right in.  A variety of tasks fall into this category,

                                              so just let us know if you are interested.   Maybe we will have a slot that is just right for you.            
Exhibits/Programs:   Maybe you can help us with exhibits including changing out artifacts and the 
planning of  special, seasonal, and revolving displays. 

                                         You could be organizing our storage area,  rearranging displays, putting up signs, dressing a mannequin, or doing anything in                                                    between .

 CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED.

A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR TIME  WILL BE SINCERELY APPRECIATED.

AND YOU'LL HAVE FUN WHILE HELPING YOUR COMMUNITY.

 

616 866-2235