By: Liz Hahn, Director of Volunteers & Facility Rentals
The museum's annual Volunteer Appreciation & Recognition Luncheon was held on April 22nd at Buca di beppo located in Allentown. During a tasty fare, 60 volunteers attended and were recognized for all their time, commitment and support of America On Wheels. Volunteers are the "core" of the workforce at the museum. Their helping hands allow us to operate the museum six days a week during daytime hours and frequent evening rentals.
We're happy to announce that during 2012 the total hours achieved by our volunteers accumulated to 11,199. This calculates to $247,945. This is an amazing number and indicates how many man-hours were volunteered throughout the year.
The museum turned FIVE this year and we were so happy to share this special milestone with approximately 82% of the original volunteers. Isn't that amazing! We welcome new volunteers throughout the year. There is a variety of interesting opportunities available within our museum as a volunteer which promotes education, entertainment and events.
If you are interested in becoming a museum volunteer, please contact Liz at 610.432.4200 x10 to set up an interview and receive a volunteer application.
Host Events at the Museum
The museum is an extraordinary venue! Our galleries provide a stunning, one of a kind backdrop for private parties, meetings, training seminars, cocktail gatherings and corporate events. Enjoy the museum's exhibitions during your special function which provides a unique and memorable experience. We offer three distinctive venues (Orientation Theatre, The Long Haul Room & Auto Art Gallery and in our 1950's HubCap Café'. The museum can accommodate from 10-person to 300 people throughout the museum. Our facility offers a full service staff and a preferred caterer's list.
Fees are calculated for clients upon request and during an in-person site visit by calling Liz at 610.432.4200 x10 or firstname.lastname@example.org
America On Wheels is an exceptionally teacher friendly field trip experience. The lesson plans are streamlined and written to PA standards. The presenters are knowledgeable and student friendly. The atmosphere is nostalgic. It is an Allentown jewel. I highly recommend America On Wheels as an educational destination for every child and child at heart.
Annamae J. Hein, Ed.D.
America On Wheels: I wanted to express my deepest appreciation for the job well done by America On Wheels on Thursday, April 11th. Your staff hosted us for our YPC (Youth Professionals Council's) Speed Networking event that morning and went above and beyond their duties to ensure the success of our event.
Upon the conclusion of the event, friendly volunteers from America On Wheels asked if we needed help taking items to our car. They were happy to help and really made a great impression on me as a museum staff that really cares about what they do and about those that travel to AOW.
Hopefully this finds you well, and everyone that took part that day is commended for an exceptional job! Know that if America On Wheels ever needs anything from us here at the Chamber we would be happy to help!
Best Regards, Daniel Diaz, Manager, Mission Councils Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Council's
America On Wheels has a variety of cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, and pedal cars. They are attractively displayed against large murals with posters, mannequins, tools, and even a statue adding to the display. The signage was informative. There were interactive displays with a Mack truck to "drive", wood blocks with questions to answer, and headphone wands. I particularly enjoyed the restoration area, the street scene with the garage, and the Mack truck display. We tried out the "Hub Cap Café" with its restored soda fountain. Everything was neat and clean and the cars had been dusted. What made it particularly special were the volunteers. We were lucky enough to have a volunteer move from area to area with us and my Dad particularly enjoyed talking with him and sharing their love of cars and car museums.
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