• Volunteer

    NML needs people like you who are passionate about language. Contact us to volunteer as a docent, greeter, committee member, or grant writer.

    Here are some of the things we need help with from our volunteers:

    • Update and monitor our social media accounts: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Website
    • Inform the public of our activities through regular print and broadcast media (Patch, Post)
    • Serve as a greeter or docent at the Museum
    • Assist with setup and hosting at our speaker events  or with promotion of the events beforehand
    • Around the Language World Summer Camp – promotion tom March – June; participation in July and follow-up activities afterward
    • Inform the public of our activities through regular print and broadcast media (Patch, Post)
    • Participate on a committee for funding, education, programs, or technology

    Committees of The National Museum of Language

    Administrative Committee – Chair: John-Joseph Smith

    • Communicates with Subcommittees on Operations and Outreach activities

    Public Relations SubcommitteeGreg Nedved

    • Interacts with the public to increase awareness of NML
    • Writes articles for press releases (newspapers, magazines, journals)
    • Seeks out public relations opportunities
    • Updates NML brochure
    • Solicit volunteers

    Website Subcommittee – Chair: Jill Robbins

    • Update and maintain website
    • Maintain email accounts & mailing lists
    • Send mass emails to announce events

    Membership Subcommittee – Chair: Jill Robbins

    • Record memberships
    • Develop materials & strategies to solicit new and renewal memberships

    Fundraising Committee

    • Development Committee – Chairs: Jody Olsen & John-Joseph Smith
    • Identify companies, foundations, etc that are potential donors
    • Communicate with key people in organizations that can help NML
    • Conduct regular fundraising activities (Silent Auction, Annual Dinner, etc.)

    Grants Writing Subcommittee

    • Identify grant sources
    • Write and submit grant proposals
    • Assign a grant administrator for grants received
    • Report on work conducted under grant


    Museum Programs Committee – Chair: Pat Barr-Harrison

    ○      Develop an implementation plan for programs in the museum

    ○      Interact with subcommittee to develop strategies and implementation plans

    ○      Find and train volunteers,  docents and interns

    • Museum Exhibit Subcommittee

    ○      Discuss future exhibits and form working group to research and implement

    ○      Collect materials to be included in exhibit

    ○      Develop plan for displaying exhibit

    ○      Mount new exhibits (remove old exhibits)

    ○      Evaluate and catalog accessions (exhibit materials)

    ○      Maintain exhibits

    • Speaker Series Subcommittee

    ○      Communicate with Board members and others to identify speakers

    ○      Solicit speakers and make schedule for presentations

    ○      Write and distribute announcements

    ○      Host speaker events (plan with Program Committee chair)

    • Collection Subcommittee

    ○      Maintain catalog of books for Library

    ○      Review potential accessions

    ○      Collect books and other items for NML