Meet Volunteer of Do Space Connar Mulherin
July 19th, 2017 | Cherie Geary, Community Engagement Specialist
Do Space would not be possible without all the volunteers that contribute to our programs and assisting our members. They are the pulse of everything we do and give us the ability to offer members help in all different kinds of skills. The goal of this effort it to capture and share the people that are volunteering at Do Space and how it positively affects their lives. What led them to volunteer? What sort of impact they are making? And why they continue to contribute?
I am pleased to introduce you to Connar who has been a Technology Sidekick and Explorer with the Do Space volunteer program since May 2017. Connar is currently a high school student in Omaha and he plays the ukelele too. I sat down with Connar to ask him a few questions about his experience working at Do Space as a volunteer.
What led you to volunteer at Do Space?
I thought since I’m not good with much else but technology, that I should go to a place where I can help other people who might need a little help themselves. This allows me not only to get outside every once in awhile but also help people out in a fun and engaging way.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Do Space?
The technology. Being able to use all this advanced technology (that many can not afford) is so amazing and just a wonderful unique experience. I mean, where else are you going to be able to 3D print a statue of yourself for less than 10 bucks?
What position do you hold at Do Space and how does it contribute towards Do Space mission?
I am a Sidekick and an Explorer at DoSpace. As a Sidekick I help behind the Tech Help desk, grabbing tech kits for the employees, a “many hands make light work” sort of thing, or I’m out helping people who might not be used to technology. As an Explorer I help in programs, specifically on Saturday mornings I help Felicity with the Littles Labs where kids (3-5) get to interact with new tech. We encourage them to explore and have fun with their world, while teaching them basic concepts like reading and counting. In both, I help people access technology that they might not have access to otherwise, like ipads, 55-inch touch displays, and Raspberry Pis.
When was a time that you felt like you made a difference and really helped a member?
About two weeks ago I was working Tech Help when this nice woman came to the desk asking for help. She needed help finding some ukulele sheets posted on a website called Meetup. After showing her how to find it, I started working the Robot Recess. After my shift ended for that day, I noticed she was still at her computer and decided to check up on her. It had been about an hour and a half and she was just finding the last of her sheets, but she had been paying extra for blank sheets. So I helped her get a refund and also found the last of her sheets that she needed. Before leaving, I mentioned that I also play the ukulele and her face lit up.
What is something you would tell a friend that is thinking about volunteering?
Just do it. I would say, we could really use the help if you’re up for it. Why not give it a try?
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