Do Space would not be possible without all the volunteers that contribute to our programs and assist with our members. They are the pulse of everything we do and allow us to help members in all different kinds of areas. The goal of Volunteers of Do Space is to showcase the wonderful volunteers at Do Space and explore how volunteering positively affects their lives. We hope to understand more about what led them to volunteer, what sort of impact they are making, and why they continue to contribute. 

We are pleased to introduce you to one of these valuable contributors. Meet Susan, she began volunteering in 2018 as a Sidekick and also assists with our mentor program. Not originally from Omaha, Susan moved here to be closer to family and regards Omaha as a vibrant community.  She is currently retired, but prior to retirement worked as a technical writer amongst other things. Our Volunteer Coordinator asked Susan a few questions about her experience volunteering at Do Space.

How did you first hear about Do Space?

I live close to Do Space and watched the space transition from a Borders bookstore to the current site.

Which volunteer position are you currently filling (sidekick, explorer, or mentor)?

I started volunteering in November 2018 after meeting Ty at an event at the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs. I mostly work as a sidekick at the tech desk, but also do mentoring.

What is your favorite part about volunteering at Do Space?

I enjoy problem solving and provide tech support for most of my friends and family. I enjoy giving tours to new and potential members. It’s fun to get people excited about technology!

What motivates you to continue to serve the community through Do Space?

I think it’s important to help bridge the digital divide. I’ve always had a computer and can’t imagine life without one.

What is a fun fact about yourself that you’d like to share?

The Jetsons animated sitcom inspired me to study electronics, computers, and technology.

What are your top three goals for 2020?

I plan to read more, meditate every day, and perform a random act of kindness daily.

What is your favorite place to eat in Omaha and would you recommend it to another volunteer?

I’m very much a midtown person and frequent many restaurants in the area. My current favorite spot is Spezia. The Gnocchi Alla Pollo is amazing!


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Ty Nared, Community Engagement Specialist