Sarah Broderick Shows Dedication and Commitment to Public Programs

Sarah Broderick
Sarah Broderick is the kind of volunteer who pitches in where needed, so she's a familiar face at family programs throughout the year. She has been a regular volunteer with Family Fun Weekend (now Family Fun Day) since January 2008, so you might have seen her helping with craft activities the third weekend of every month. She's also done face painting at Monster Mash and Bash, helped with celebrations of Dr. Seuss and Sesame Street, volunteered at History Day, and assisted with Creative Art Day, Earth Day, New York in Bloom, Nano Days, and more.

For her dedication, in fall 2010, Visitor Services staff members presented her with a letter of appreciation from the Museum director and a certificate that states "One person can make a difference." This deserved expression of appreciation meant something to both the givers and the recipient. "Sarah has been very loyal," says Noreen Yost, who helps coordinate the Family Fun Day program. "She's reliable and good with kids," adds Noreen, pointing out that Sarah received the award after helping with Monster Mash and Bash, a Halloween program for young visitors.

"I appreciate it. I don't do it [volunteer] for a reward or anything," says Sarah. It's clear, though, that the award is meaningful. "I have it in a frame and hanging on my wall." she adds.

When the call for volunteers for the first Chocolate Expo went out in fall 2007, Sarah— then on staff at the New York State Archives, located upstairs from the Museum in the Cultural Education Center—was quick to sign up. Although she now works for the New York State Tax Department, she remains committed to the State Museum. "I like being here," says Sarah. "It's something fun to do."