The plan is in place. The materials ready. All that’s needed now is a volunteer staff.
In order to get the city’s Welcome Center up and running, Constance Ruppender needs volunteers. Ruppender, the founder of Art Gallery 21, located in The Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors, said she needs 32 volunteers to work two four-hour shifts a month for the next three or four months.
“We’re particularly interested in gay and straight retired couples. Working people in pairs. Without adequate volunteers, we can’t expand the hours for the Welcome Center.” Once opened, the Welcome Center would be used to provide information about the city and local businesses to tourists and visitors.
But the more important goal is for the Welcome Center to be used to expand the hours of the Art Gallery. “We needed to find a way to expand our hours and create as sustainable model over time,” said Ruppender.
“But we need the volunteers to get [the Welcome Center] off the ground.” Ruppender also plans to use the volunteer hours to get in-kind grant matches. “We will keep careful records. We’ll treat it as an investment.”
“It’s a community project and I think its way better than a parking ticket office that was proposed [for that space] earlier this year.”