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Volunteer Spotlight: Brenda Will
May 14, 2014 8:30 PM

The Kidzeum of Health and Science would not be closing in on its $6.5 million fundraising goal without the generosity of numerous volunteers who have given their time, talents and resources to make the project a reality.

One of these volunteers is Brenda Will, a Springfield mother of four who current works as an agent assistant at Country Financial.

Her youngest son, Nathaniel, now 11, was just a toddler when she attended her first Kidzeum event – a costume ball to raise money for the museum's feasibility study. She met Board President Rachael Thomson and was instantly impressed by her enthusiasm and commitment to the project. Since then, she's done everything from helping stuff envelopes to working fundraising events to most recently serving as volunteer coordinator for Kidzeum's activity stations at the St. Patrick's Day Parade Family Fun Fair.

With children ranging in age from early 30s to preteen, Will says she values family attractions that appeal to a variety of ages, and children's museum were always at the top of the list for her family.

“(The Kidzeum) was an idea that was easy to get on board with because it's very much needed. I was always taking my kids to Bloomington-Normal or to St. Louis to visit their museums,” she said. “This is the capital city, so why don't we have one?”

The Kidzeum will provide the perfect fun and educational experience for youth of all ages. Though her youngest child, Nathaniel, is now 11, Will says the Kidzeum will have plenty of exhibits that will pique his interest in science.

“This will be so good for Springfield. If you're talking to parents of small children, you know we don't have much to do for small children in Springfield. And it will be a giant boost for tourism,” Will said. “I can't wait to see how it turns out.”


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