Volunteer at the Family Museum

Volunteers are an important and necessary part of the Family Museum and its ability to enrich the lives of children in our community. Volunteers enhance every aspect of the Family Museum!

  • If you are between the ages of 11 and 17, click here to sign up!
  • If you are 18 years of age or older, click here to sign up!

If you are a current volunteer, login here! 

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Free Museum Membership (after volunteering 50-100 hours)
  • 10% discount in the Corner Store
  • Iowa Museum Association Membership
  • Recognition Events
  • Training
  • Newsletters
  • Reference Letters
  • Flexible hours
  • Learn new skills and meet new people
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment
  • Interact with children
  • Provide a valuable service to the Museum and to the community

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Services

  • Guest Services Put a smile on a child's face! Our friendly Guest Services volunteers greet visitors, answer questions, take admission, and answer phone calls. Guest Services volunteers help scan membership forms, input comment cards, and prepare birthday party materials. Our volunteers bring smiles to countless children by giving them "hello" and "goodbye" hand stamps. Hours: We prefer a minimum of six (3 hour) volunteer shifts over a 6 month period.
  • Corner Store Sales Associate Help keep us in business! We rely on our volunteers to operate our Corner Store. All profits go to support the Museum exhibits and programs, which help educate the children in our community!  Our friendly Corner Store Associates assist with customer sales, create merchandise displays, organize merchandise, demonstrate products for children, clean, and answer the telephone. Hours: We prefer a minimum of six (3 hour) volunteer shifts over a 6 month period.
  • Office Assistant Help keep us organized!  Office Assistants help with a variety of clerical duties.  Responsibilities may include assisting with mailings, preparing material for classes, restocking display racks, scanning membership forms, and clipping newspaper articles.Hours: Vary 

Education and Experiences

  • Play Pals Volunteer Help kids play, learn, and have fun!  Play Pal volunteers assist Museum staff members with learning activities, crafts, and projects planned for Museum Drop-In experiences. Volunteers should enjoy working closely with children and families.Play Pals also work independently in our galleries, interacting with children and guests, and assisting with exhibit reset. With additional training, Play Pals may work alongside staff in our new ThinkShop, or serve as our Museum Mascot! Hours: Vary.
  • Open Clay Studio Help children develop their artistic skills! Volunteers assist children and families in the Open Clay Studio on Saturdays and help them explore their interest in sculpting.  Volunteers should enjoy working closely with children. Hours:  Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or 2:00-4:00 pm.  We prefer a time commitment of at least one class, once per month.
  • Summer Camps Spend your summer working with kids!  Summer Camp volunteers assist Museum staff members with learning activities planned for summer camps. Volunteers should enjoy working closely with children. Hours: Weeklong camps are held in the summer. These 2-hour camps may be in the morning or afternoon. 

Special Events

  • Special Events Volunteer Help our guests celebrate during special events! Events may include Scarecrow Shenanigans, WinterFest, Noon Year's Eve, Super Saturdays, Exhibit Openings, and more!  Volunteers should enjoy working closely with the public, especially children and families.  Responsibilities may include helping with event set-up, admissions, refreshments, learning activities, and tear-down. Hours: Vary

Have a Suggestion?

If you have an idea for a different volunteer opportunity, or a special skill that you would like to share, please contact us to discuss your thoughts.  In the past, groups and individuals have helped with a variety of additional projects:

  • A group of high school students mulched our courtyard,
  • Museum volunteers and students from area colleges have served on our fundraising committee,
  • A Girl Scout troop designed a dinosaur landscape for our robot arm,
  • A local artist offered face-painting services during special events, and a training class for Museum volunteers.

Sign Up to Be a Volunteer!

For more information about volunteering at the Family Museum, contact Steph DeLacy, the Volunteer/Play Pal Coordinator, by email or phone (563) 344-4155. You will need to fill out an application form (see below). In addition, adults (18 and older) must complete a background check. New volunteers will attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Join our Facebook group to share information with other volunteers and stay connected to us!

  • If you are between the ages of 11 and 17, click here to sign up!
  • If you are 18 years of age or older, click here to sign up!

Drop off your application form at the Museum or mail your application form to

Steph DeLacy
Family Museum
2900 Learning Campus Drive
Bettendorf, Iowa

It was great. I really liked it. Keep up the good work.
— Nicholas, age 6