Newark Museum Volunteer Organization
The primary purpose of the Newark Museum Volunteer Organization (NMVO) is to serve, support and interpret the Museum and its goals through volunteer participation.
The NMVO operates within the framework of Museum policies set by staff and Trustees of the Museum. The Manager of Volunteer Services is the NMVO liaison. The NMVO Board is a group of volunteer leaders who are committed to the mission of the Newark Museum.
The Goals of the NMVO
1. To provide a diversity of volunteer service opportunities within the Newark Museum
2. To help interpret the Newark Museum and its collections to the public
3. To provide ongoing enrichment/education experiences for NMVO members
4. To raise funds and recruit new Museum members
5. To attract new volunteers
6. To foster the maximum administrative and organizational efficiency of the NMVO.
All Volunteers are automatically enrolled in the NMVO.
Participation in NMVO events is open to all volunteers, but is not required.
Acknowledging Outstanding Service—The Emma Fantone Award
In recognition of the vital contribution volunteers make to the Museum, the NMVO initiated the Emma Fantone Distinguished Volunteer Service Award in 2002.
Emma Fantone was an extraordinary woman who, after 40 years as a professor at Montclair State University, became a full-time volunteer at the Newark Museum. Emma volunteered every day for 27 years until her death in 2001.
With this award, the NMVO seeks to honor those who carry the torch of longevity, dedication and enthusiasm for the Newark Museum. The criteria for the award are:
• 10 years or more as a volunteer,
• consistent meritorious service and
• exceptional contributions in support of The Newark Museum.
Volunteers are invited to submit recommendations for the award each year. A volunteer committee selects the awardees, and the presentation is made at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Event.
The following are past recipients of the award:
2015 Anne Cummings
2014 Judy Cohen and Joyce Hamlin
2017 Adrienne Geller
2016 Brenda Jackson
2013 Thomy Joyner, Berverlee Kanengiser and Sue Smith
2012 Marsha Blank, Mildred Lipscombe and Irene Pomianowski
2011 Ruth Hutter and Patsy Nance
2010 Carole Bozzelli and Ellen Greenfield
2009 Carole Angel and Hugh Brown
2008 Ellie Berman, Barbara Bornstein (pictured here)
and Beverly Nadler
2007 James Byrne, Harriet Stein and Patricia Wessel
2006 Bernice Luxemburg and Tom Walters
2005 Nicki Kessler and Mary Ellen Taggart
2004 Marie Corona and Marilyn Shaw
2003 June Cater and Doris Froehlich
2002 Henry Ploch and Bernard and Vera Verosub