MDHAC'sVolunteer Program

Our volunteers are the backbone of the William J. Marra Museum.  This museum is a jewel in the crown of the state of Kansas – but if it were not for the volunteers, it would not exist!

As A Volunteer We Ask You to:

  • Participate in the orientation and training program

  • Establish a regular schedule and commit to it

  • Serve as a “goodwill ambassador” for the Museum

  • Enjoy yourself!

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IT'S GOOD FOR YOU |  The creative satisfaction, knowledge and experiences gained from volunteering provide physical and mental rewards.

GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE  |  You can test out a career, discover your own hidden talents and make your resume shine!

UNITE THE COMMUNITY  |  You assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work towards MDHAC's Mission, as well as building teamwork and lifelong friendships.  You become a family!

MAKE HISTORY  |  Your volunteer hours and volunteer records become a part of the Museum's history! 

And the best reason . . .


YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE! |  You help keep MDHAC around for decades, for generations to enjoy!


  • A warm, professional demeanor and knowledge of Museum programs are important particularly in positions where interaction with the Museum guest(s) will likely occur.

  • Volunteers are responsible for attending the orientation and training sessions.

  • Most volunteer positions require you to be available during regular Museum hours, however some positions may require weekend hours and evening hours for special events.

  • Must be 18 or older and have some fluency in ASL.


Are you looking for ways to make worthwhile contributions to your community and pass along the rich history of American Deaf to others?

The Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture® & William J. Marra Museum  needs volunteers. Donating your time, interest, talents and energy can help the Museum in diverse ways to advance the Museum's Mission.

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions,  send an email.

Please note, if you submit an inquiry, we will only respond if we are in need of volunteers at the time.  We get a lot of volunteer requests, so to be efficient with processing inquiries and with time, we will only respond as needed.  If you do not hear back from us, your name has been put on the waiting list.   Thank you!


  • A vibrant, exciting, and engaging work environment

  • A real opportunity to influence and contribute to the growth of the Museum

  • The chance to meet new people, develop new skills, and learn new things

  • Individual Membership upon completion of training and 40 service hours

  • The Marra Stone Award in recognition of long volunteer service to MDHAC

  • MDHAC pins are given to volunteers who have contributed 100 hours and at least 1 year of service

  • An annual recognition dinner to recognize and commend volunteers who have contributed hours during the previous year

The MDHAC® & Museum Will Provide:

Arlene Kuschmider

A Brief History of the MDHAC® Volunteer Program

Once the William J. Marra Museum was installed in the  Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture building, there was a need for volunteers to be “on duty” to greet guests and visitors to the museum. These efforts were first coordinated by Arlene Kuschmider.  Arlene, took on the lead responsibility of coordinating a schedule of volunteers, facilitating meetings on a quarterly basis, and in general providing the wonderful foundation of a program that continues to thrive today! With much love and appreciation we give her a big THANK YOU!!

2018 - Chuck Theel


Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a MDHAC™ volunteer that meets/exceeds the following criteria:

  • MDHAC™ volunteer for over one year

  • More than 100 volunteer hours during the calendar year of the award

  • Responsibility for a specific activity or event during the calendar year of the award

2018: Chuck Theel - extensive volunteer hours for the lobby

2017: Karen Miller - extensive volunteer hours for the lobby and Hands-On Program

2016: Kathy Motes & Shirley Sears - Patio Culture catering & small events; Gift Shop Sales

2015: Twila Clark & Linda Arnold - largest number of hours, dedicated to Hands-On Program

2014: David Westerman — Above and beyond volunteer service

2013: Ed Niesluchowski — Lawn care and snow removal

2012: David Wilcox — Extensive hours of office work and office management

2011: Charles Marsh, Jr. — Water sprinkler system and sidewalks leading to the brick patio

2010: Robert Miller – Historical research and information

2009: JoAnne Lightfoot — Event chairman and devoted museum guide

2008: Karen Miller — Hands On Workshop Facilitator/Coordinator


  • We seek to build an inclusive workforce and environment. We welcome and support people of all races, ethnicity, cultures and religions and seek to foster teamwork and effective partnerships among our staff. The talent, energy and skills of volunteers enable the Museum to serve all members of the general public, including children, families, adults, and specialists.

  • When the museum receives volunteer applications from interested, qualified individuals, we do our best to match interested volunteers with available opportunities. To maximize the potential for a good fit between volunteer and prospective positions, please indicate your areas(s) of interest on the application.



Experience the inner workings of a nonprofit organization in this extremely important job that can assist a variety of departments; from Museum, Visual Arts, Cultural Enrichment, Marketing, Membership, Volunteer, Facility to Visitor Services and Finance.  Duties include but are not limited to museum design, coordination of arts,  program development,  social media management, web design and maintenance,  membership outreach, volunteer recruitment, building/lawn maintenance, mailings, filing, stuffing envelopes, phone calls, and many more!


Work directly with the Museum Director on projects that include inventory, cataloguing, conservation, and researching the collection. With this position volunteers can also help with exhibit planning, interpretation, installation, deinstallation and collection maintenance. This is a great learning opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in public history or the museum field. Projects can be developed to support individual interests and this position can be amended for school internships.


Work behind the scenes with the Museum Director on projects that include records management, cataloguing, inventorying, creation of finding aids, research on the collection, and research for patron requests. This is a great learning opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in archives management or library science.

Thank You

for your interest in volunteering!  Volunteers are vital to the success of the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®!



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