Get Involved

Volunteers are the driving force behind Busy Brains Children’s Museum.

We would love to have you join us!  We currently have five volunteer committees:  Marketing, Events/Fundraising, Exhibits, Building and Grants. Most committees meet monthly or you can work on tasks from home. If you don’t want to commit to a monthly obligation, make sure to let us know your interest in helping walk in a parade, distribute flyers, clean up the building, or organize our material donations. Thank you for considering us!

Need to know more? Contact Heidi Alexander with any questions. Here are descriptions of what each of our standing committees does:

Marketing Committee

Do you have the gift of gab? Are you creative or artistic? Good with social media? A salesperson or writer? This committee spreads the word about our mission. Volunteers write, design and share information about our progress and our events through traditional and non-traditional avenues. We use social media and news sources as well as word of mouth to get the most for our budget.

This committee is responsible for designing all materials to inform the public, donors, etc. of events and happenings with museum, including campaign materials, grand opening materials, and post-grand opening materials. This committee also oversees the quarterly newsletter, Facebook/social media updates, web-site, and print materials. Marketing and design interest is helpful. This group will oversee marketing related to the annual Brain Builder: Mingle at the Mansion as well as other fundraising events. Chairperson: Alison Price. Meetings are currently held the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the evening at Galati’s in Lake Villa.

Events/Fundraising Committee

Do you enjoy event planning? Are you the social butterfly always talking to everyone? Or are you the one that stays behind the scenes to coordinate all the details? Do you have experience with fundraising for a good cause? This committee currently plans an annual spring gala as well as a small family fall event. Volunteers also locate and coordinate many other small fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to open the doors of Lake County’s soon-to-be only Children’s Museum. We are looking for fun, enthusiastic, detail oriented volunteers ready to help us realize our vision.

This group oversees the planning of the annual Brain Builder: Mingle at the Mansion gala in spring as well as the Fall Family Festival in October. This group also oversees the planning of additional fundraising activities, including the One Tile at a Time program. The committee is project based, so smaller groups may meet periodically as needed to plan and keep in touch via email.

Exhibits Committee

The Exhibit Committee is awesome to be on as the members get to be a kid again! Come to our meetings and help to brainstorm ideas for our permanent exhibits. We also work on creating and developing programming for our current and future patrons. We meet monthly at Galati’s in downtown Lake Villa, IL.

Building Committee

Are you good at building, restoring, or repairing? Always ready, willing and able with tools of all shapes and sizes? Looking for a way to give back to the community in a hands-on way? The building committee is just the thing for you. Volunteers on this committee not only help with the planning of the rehab and construction of the Busy Brains Children’s Museum Building, they will also assist with much of the physical work that needs to be done. Whatever trade your skills are in, we will be able to use them! The committee currently meets formally as needed, with informal meetings taking place during work days at the site.

Grants Committee

Are you a savvy internet searcher?  Do you enjoy writing with a purpose?  Would you like to get “behind the scenes” of the program and exhibit planning at Busy Brains Children’s Museum? Volunteers on the grant writing committee will use all available resources to search for appropriate grants for Busy Brains Children’s Museum to pursue.  Once an ideal grant is identified, the entire committee will work with the Executive Director and any other necessary staff to create an action plan and timeline for that grant. Much of the work for this committee can be done from home, yet occasional meetings may be needed.