At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.
This week, we’d like to introduce you to Dick D.
Dick has been a consistent volunteer in the zoo since he started less than a year ago. He initially started volunteering after speaking to an aquarium docent while visiting with his granddaughters. Greensboro was a halfway point between where he and his family lives so he felt the “GSC was a great central place to meet with plenty to do.”
Furthermore, Dick’s family “has always had a love for animals” and it was time for him “to give a little back.” He finds it really easy to volunteer because of the self-scheduling system and he finds “the volunteer staff to be extremely professional and serious in their interviewing process, training, animal handling training and mentoring.”
So far, Dick’s most memorable volunteer experience is ”the mentoring shift I had with Linda K., who I will forevermore consider my go-to trainer. She was thoroughly knowledgeable in all areas and serious about handling the animals. Oh yeah, we also had a lot of fun.”
“As a retired hospital executive, it is always hysterical when my former colleagues come to the GSC to find me in blue jeans a tee shirt showing children how to pet a guinea pig or a rabbit. It really takes them back – no more suit and tie. And, you know, the animals never give me any problems to solve.”
“I think the greatest thing is watching the GSC grow and evolve in just the short time I have been there. Each shift has something unique, so no two shifts are ever the same.”