A Fair Trade –The Neville’s New Front DeskWhen I started working for the Neville Public Museum, one of my first concerns was the need to update the image of our front desk. I needed to address the realistic need of a better functioning front desk with the installation of our new Point of Service system. I began calling local colleges to see if they would be interested in taking on a project pro bono. Unfortunately do to the varying levels of skill and rotating students the professors I spoke to at that time were not able to commit.
I thought back to my past experience collaborating with inmates on a work release program. The group worked with me and with a local homeless shelter to complete some much needed maintenance to the building. I thought it would be worth it to reach out to the prison here in Green Bay. After some research I was given the name of Mike Schneider, Education Director of the Green Bay Correctional Institute. He oversees the wood tech instructor Korey Heimke (who works in the prison workshop). I met with both Mike and Korey and explained the project further in detail and asked if they would be interested. They were excited to help out the museum and wanted everyone to see that the prison and inmates can have a positive impact on the community.
Korey and I worked together to develop a plan that included all of the Neville’s functional needs. Funds to buy the supplies were donated to the museum as part of the Welcome Center initiative from the Cloud Family Foundation.
The new desk has been delivered and installed, and the front desk staff is excited to have the desk in its new location with the Packer Hall of Fame as its backdrop. Come check out the craftsmanship, the Guest Services staff, and the new and exciting exhibits.
Jessica DayGuest Services Coordinator/Security Manager
Neville Public Museum