vintageTEK has many opportunities for volunteers to contribute with a wide range of time requirements in either a one-time or on-going effort. In fact, our opportunities are only limited by your imagination. Come talk with us if you would like to volunteer or have ideas or new opportunities. Our STEM and Social Media are our highest priority needs but volunteering in any area greatly helps the museum.
Our Volunteer Needs
Like Children? The museum and website is dedicated to displaying working Tektronix products but our mission is to encourage the next generation of engineers by sharing this history and supporting STEM programs in our local community. We have needs to organize and promote our Instrument Lending Library and our classroom equipment clusters. Come help us support our community and schools. We need an individual to guide and focus our STEM efforts for youth. This is our highest priority need.
Like to communicate and socialize? We have a great web presence but are lacking on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. The goal is to build awareness and traffic to our museum and website.
Like to organize? In our new space we have needs to organize and inventory. Opportunities include our inventory of parts and products, our microfiche, and our photos. We are only part of the way through scanning our negatives. We have many films and videos and need someone to view and digitize the more interesting ones for the website. Come contribute to the organization of the museum.
Like to be creative? We would like to arrange our showroom to be more friendly and facilitate self-guided tours. We want displays that appeal to our younger visitors. We need volunteers who can organize and improve our showroom exhibits.
Like quick projects? Every item we sell on eBay has to be packed and shipped. We sometimes avoid the larger items because of limited volunteer hours to pack and ship. This is one of our two sources of revenue for the museum so is important.
Like to write? We would like to increase the frequency of our news blogs. Every day we have new discoveries into the history of Tektronix. We need volunteers who would like to contribute to the blog for our community of followers. We would also like to expand the website galleries with more products and items of interest. We need authors to document our projects and restorations. Come contribute to the virtual expansion of the museum.
Like to meet and talk with people? We have needs for volunteers to staff our front desk and meet and greet our visitors. We can even educate you on our display exhibits so you can give tours? Come promote our face to our customers.
Like computers and applications? We have needs to keep our IT infrastructure connected and robust. We would like to offer some specific applications to enhance the museum experience. Come support our museum operations.
Like vintage computers and technology? We have a restored DEC PDP-11/34 and would like to organize some applications highlighting and demonstrating Tektronix products of the right era. Likewise we have a DEC PDP-8E which is in need of restoration and we would like to setup a typical CAD design station using Tektronix equipment. Come help recreate the past.
Like to build? We have constructed several new display tables but have needs for several more. These are simply plywood cabinets covered in carpeting so only require basic woodworking skills.
Like special projects? We have simple one-time projects such as finding a specific piece of gear or showroom fixture or connecting with interested educators. These can be done at your home at your convenience.
Your volunteer ideas? Do you have an idea for how you would like to volunteer? Contact us. We'd love to listen.