We are glad to present you our “Non-profit organization of the week”. We had that luck to speak with Jenny Maas (Director of Operations) from Museum of Aviation. Fantastic person, fantastic organization and all we can say more is; enjoy her answers and support them.
1. To begin with, can you briefly introduce your organization?
THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION IN WARNER ROBINS, GA is one of the largest aviation museums in the United States and a major U.S. Air Force Heritage, Exhibit and Education Center in the Southeast. It is a model base-community partnership which serves as the showcase of Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex in the state of Georgia. The Museum is the second largest museum in the U.S. Air Force and one of only ten aviation museums in the United States to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Admission and parking are free and the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve after 1:00 pm. It is located 10 miles east of I-75 exit 144 at the end of Russell Parkway.
2. What is your organization’s main mission?
To meticulously preserve our nation’s military history while growing exceptional future leaders through education and inspiration.
3. In which ways have you contributed to the local community?
The Museum of Aviation Foundation sees more than 470,000 visitors annually and serves as the largest tourist attraction in the city of Warner Robins. During the FY 2017 year, 56,098 students and teachers took part in Museum of Aviation education programs. The Museum of Aviation Foundation Academy operates interactive programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and History. Opportunities for learners ages 4 through adult are conducted both on school sites and at the Museum of Aviation. Rigorous, goal setting experiences challenge students to solve problems in a dynamic, inclusive environment. Programs are aligned to Georgia and National Standards. Programs highlight career opportunities and workforce development strategies. Teacher Training programs serve the state of Georgia and feature NASA resources through the state’s only NASA Regional Educator Resource Center. Internships, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities are available.
4. What was the biggest challenge your organization had to face?
The biggest challenge that our organization faces is generating interest from a younger audience to be invested in all that the Museum has to offer. In a world where technology and innovation is the main focus, it is a financial challenge to stay up with the times on our exhibits. This is particularly difficult when operating on a limited budget.
5. What do you perceive to be your biggest accomplishment?
Our Museum opened to the public in November of 1984 as a very small hangar with just a few aircraft and exhibits. In the almost 35 years since we opened our doors, we have grown to a facility with 4 hangars to display more than 90 aircraft and missiles.
6. How would you like the members of the local community to get involved with your organization?
Our museum requires at least 100 volunteers each week to remain open to the public. These volunteers man each of our four hangars during all hours that we are open. That is not including the number of volunteers it takes when we hold the numerous special event fundraisers that we hold each year. We rely greatly on community veterans, Robins AFB personnel and partnerships with organizations like the Robins Regional Chamber and City of Warner Robins to keep our Museum in operation.
7. Do you have any upcoming events?
Our Museum Foundation hosts a number of special event fundraisers throughout the year to support our mission. The host a Marathon race in January of each year, a memorial golf tournament in honor of Brig. Gen. Robert L Scott in April, a Southern rock concert called Hanyeville Jamfest at the end of April, an auction and raffle in July, our GA Invitational Golf Tournament in September and a haunted trail in October. Currently, our next event on the schedule is the 33rd annual Auction, Raffle, and Taste of Local Cuisine, which will take place in our Century of Flight Hangar on July 14, 2018. This event is a great night out of a fund. Tickets admit two and include drink tickets, unlimited food from 30 different restaurants, access to more than 300 live and silent auction items and a chance to win $20,000 or a new vehicle.
8. What is it that you love most about what you do?
I love the faces of our visitors when they see our Museum for the first time. People do not realize the magnitude of our Museum until they see it themselves. I love working in a place that educates more than 56,000 students and teachers each year and seeing those students come through our facility and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Knowing the impact that we make on the lives of children and teachers makes doing my job very enjoyable.
Museum of Aviation Foundation,
1942 Heritage Blvd,
Warner Robins, GA 31088
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