Two Information Sessions Set for Volunteers at ABAC’s Museum of Agriculture

TIFTON—Looking to fulfill or create a new year’s resolution that’s easy to keep? Volunteering is a great opportunity. And Lynn McDonald, the volunteer coordinator at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA), has some terrific opportunities available just for you.

“Several scientific studies including one from Harvard University have indicated that volunteering is good for your mental outlook and physical health,” McDonald said. “By volunteering, you will make new friends, learn about history, and maybe even stimulate the mind of a young person.”

Two information sessions about volunteer opportunities will be held at the GMA on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. in the East Conference Room of the Main Exhibit Hall.

“Volunteering is very flexible,” McDonald said. “You might be helping out in the Historic Village or assisting with one of our many festivals. Whether you have two hours on a weekday or maybe even one day a month, we can work with your schedule.”

McDonald said other benefits for volunteers include free admission and the ability to earn tickets for friends and family.

“On a typical day in the Village, you could be sharing the beauty of the Tift House, the wonder of the farm, or the treats of the Drug Store,” McDonald said. “On other days, you could be playing games of the 1880s, treating guests to open fire cooking, or sharing customs of the past.

“Volunteers are also needed in our Destination Ag program which seeks to educate elementary school children about how agriculture impacts their lives today and the future of agriculture and natural resources. As a volunteer, you might be sharing about your individual skills or serve as a safety monitor for free play time.”

Interested volunteers should contact McDonald prior to the meeting dates at lmcdonald@abac.edu or at 229-391-5223.

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