Sandy Chamberlain from Sayre, PA has been a volunteer in the Center’s gift shop for over a year and has taken on many extra duties as needed. Sandy spent 38 years in the nursing profession and co-founded a nonprofit, “Autism Hearts.” When asked why she joined SRAC’s volunteer workforce Sandy explained, “I was looking for a way to give back to the community, so I answered the call to volunteer. The many people involved with SRAC are like family. The level of professionalism, dedication, knowledge and love for what they do is to be envied. It becomes contagious. I am honored to be even a small part of this group working to preserve our local history.”
Richard Price grew up in Lounsberry NY and his interest in archaeology began in the 1970s while attending college. Beginning In 1980 he began documenting artifact collections from surface sites near Owego and Nichols NY. He has been a member of the Triple Cities Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association and has volunteered at a various archeological site excavations. He joined SRAC in 2017 as a volunteer and experienced excavator and became involved in an ongoing effort to create a powerful database resource using the prehistoric artifacts in the collections housed at SRAC. “People lived in the Susquehanna River Valley for over 10,000 years before Europeans arrived and there is a tremendous amount of information which we can obtain from the collections at SRAC. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with local collectors, avocational archaeologists and professional archeologists to develop our database and expand our knowledge about the prehistory of our region.”.
SRAC’s Cofounder and Executive Director, Deb Twigg added, “Any nonprofit in the area realizes the struggle before us to find great volunteers and board members. Our organization actually only enlists board members that have been volunteers at our Center so that we know that their dedication to our mission is already strong. This also makes our board meetings more team oriented, as they all work together week to week in some fashion already, know each other well and understand the items that are brought to our meetings that we need to make decisions on. As a result finding engaged, hard working, and dedicated people like Richard and Sandy is a big win for SRAC, and we are honored to add them both to leadership positions.”
To learn more about SRAC and their volunteer opportunities, visit SRAC at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY, online at www.SRACenter.org or call Deb Twigg at 607-727-3111.