In honor of our first anniversary, we asked some of our regular volunteers to look back on their year of service and time with Do Space. This reflection comes from Melinda who works as an Explorer assisting with programs. If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please CLICK HERE

I started volunteering at Do Space in February of 2016. At the time, I was brand new to Omaha and starting a career in web development. When I heard about DoSpace, I was intrigued but didn’t really know what to expect. Nine months later, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to volunteer here.

A highlight of my time here at Do Space has been as a teaching assistant for two different coding classes: Hello Code for adults and Girls Who Code for middle-school-aged girls. Watching new developers have their first eureka moments is a wonderful thing to get to do. I’ve also learned all kinds of things about technology that wasn’t on my radar before, from 3d-printing to gaming to robotics.

There are so many things I love about DoSpace that I’m not really sure which to focus on. I love that it’s such an original idea– as far as I know, there’s no other place like this in the country. I love that it’s constantly rolling out exciting new technology and that it keeps me knowledgeable about new developments in tech. Most of all, I love that Do Space is an equalizer– it makes cutting-edge technology accessible to everyone, regardless of income, gender, ethnicity, native language, etc.– to me, this is the most important part of its mission.

After these nine months, my excitement about Do Space is still growing. I’m excited to watch this place expand even more in the next year– and I’m definitely looking forward to playing a part in it.


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.