"Yes, we have an incredible collection. Yes, we are the largest aerospace museum in New England. But it's the people, the volunteers, that make this organization special. I have spent my career working in museums, and I have never met a more dedicated, passionate, talented group of volunteers. They are truly the heart and soul of NEAM."
- Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education
Since the museum's founding in 1960, nearly 1,000 men and women have dedicated their talents, skills, time, and passion to helping NEAM fulfill its mission. These volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are pilots, engineers, or aircraft mechanics that have either flown, built, or repaired one or more aircraft in the museum's collection. Others worked in finance or education or sales and have loved aviation since childhood. Still others enjoy hands-on projects, construction, or tinkering, and were looking for something to keep them busy in retirement. Some volunteers are here for only a few months or for one particular event or project. Others have volunteered at NEAM for thirty, forty, or fifty years, far longer than they were ever in the work force. Most of our volunteers reside in the greater Hartford area, though some travel two or three hours or more to volunteer at the museum. The work they do for the museum also varies. Some volunteers are docents, interpreting the museum's collection for our visitors. Others support the museum during special events. Some volunteers restore and preserve our historic aircraft, while others serve as craftsmen, building and repairing exhibit components. The museum is fortunate to have volunteers who help with retail operations, IT, and marketing. The museum's research library is entirely staffed by volunteers, as is our aircraft cleaning crew. Even our webmaster is a volunteer! From our board members to our interns, whether they work with the public or behind the scenes, the New England Air Museum's volunteers have been helping us fulfill our mission for more than sixty years.