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 are they making? And why they continue to contribute?

Ralph has held the role of Explorer at Do Space since September 2017! Ralph is currently a student at UNO.

What led you to volunteer at Do Space?
I am passionate about technology. When I first came to Omaha, I wanted to connect with people in technology and Do Space was the perfect area.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Do Space?
Seeing people leave Do Space with a smile of satisfaction after they have been helped.  

What position do you hold at Do Space and how does it contribute towards Do Space mission?
I am an Explorer, which means I am helping adults with learning how to use their device. That makes technology become more accessible for everybody – one of Do Space missions.

When was a time that you felt like you made a difference and really helped a member?
A couple weeks ago, I worked with a man who wanted to learn about his new tablet. He didn’t know anything about it, so we spent approximately two hours working on how to use it. Afterwards, he said, “Wow! You did a good job. Thank you for your patience with me.” And, he asked, “How long have you worked here?” I politely smiled and responded, “I am just a volunteer.” He looked at me and said, “I can see the pride in your response. Keep going, because we need that.” I felt like I made a difference and really helped.     

What is something you would tell a friend that is thinking about volunteering?
If someone needs to make a difference, help people, or be social, volunteering is a good recipe.    


About Author
Cherie Geary, Community Engagement Specialist
Cherie is the Community Engagement Specialist at Do Space. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband Travis, chihuahua Elvis, corgi Evie, and cat Ella.