Docent Appreciation Dinner 2012
Institute of Texan Cultures tallies volunteers’ service hours
SAN ANTONIO – Texas’ legacy lies in the hands of volunteers who have chosen to make their state and their story a priority. On the frontline and behind the scenes at the Institute of Texan Cultures, an active corps of about 160 volunteers assists in the day-to-day operation of the museum. The Institute of Texan Cultures thanked its docents for their service at an annual Docent Appreciation Dinner on Sept. 10.
Last year, the museum’s volunteers gave 24,531 volunteer hours to the museum. IndependentSector.org, a leadership consortium for nonprofit organizations, estimates the average value of a volunteer hour at $21.79, translating ITC’s volunteer service to a value of $534,530.49.
The museum staff values volunteer hours far more than their cash equivalent. The value is reflected in the visitor experience.
"People aren’t always going to remember facts, dates, years, numbers and names," said Executive Director Angelica Docog. "They will remember how you made them feel. Guests will remember the experience you gave them."
At the museum, volunteers take on duties as tour guides, exhibit interpreters, curators, archivists, office assistants and more. Docent Peggy Jameson is the most senior of the ITC’s docents, having marked 32 years. Frances Rios, a fixture at the museum’s spinning and weaving station and best friend to countless visitors, marked 28 years of service and the most volunteer hours worked this past year at 1,370.
The ITC recognized 24 docents for their first year of service, 10 for five-years; four at 10-years; three 15-years; four 20-years; one 25-year; and four 30-years.
"To all our volunteers, whatever duties you might have, whatever role you play here, we are so thankful," said Docog. "We thank you for choosing to invest your time and talent at this museum. We thank you for believing in this place and what it stands for. Thank you for preserving a legacy for the people of Texas."
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.