Do Space would not be possible without 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 help members with a broad variety of skills. Each month we strive to feature a volunteer on our blog in the hopes that we might capture their spirit and share the stories of the people that are volunteering at Do Space.

This month we are featuring Matt Snell. Matt has been a Sidekick and Mentor with Do Space since May 2016! Matt is a student at UNO double majoring in Computer Science and IT Innovation. Our Volunteer Coordinator Cherie sat down with Matt to ask him a few questions about his experience and how it is affecting his life.

What led you to volunteer at Do Space?
I attended the grand opening of Do Space a couple years ago and learned that volunteer opportunities were available. With a push from my informal mentor, after a while, I decided to become a volunteer myself.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Do Space?
The people. Technology is great, and it’s going to be my career. My mission as a volunteer, in my eyes, is to contribute to a healthy learning environment. The technology is the focus of my volunteering but the interaction is where it counts.

What position do you hold at Do Space and how does it contribute towards Do Space mission?
I am a Mentor, and I have sometimes been a Sidekick. As a Mentor, I sit down (or stand up) one-on-one with someone that would like to know more about a specific technology. With the role of a Sidekick, I assist the Do Space employees and members. Every role has a different contribution to Do Space, and I believe that’s an important part of it.

When was a time that you felt like you made a difference and really helped a member?
A mom and two children came in to learn about Arduino circuitry, and it was a lot of fun. We ended up with wires and little electronic bits all over the table, and my best guess is that we all learned something valuable and positive from the experience.

What is something you would tell a friend that is thinking about volunteering?
There are plenty of ways to volunteer. Check them out and see if any of them look right for you. If one doesn’t work, try another! Most importantly know that volunteering at Do Space really does contribute to something good.

If you are interested in volunteering, CLICK HERE.

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.