The goal of our volunteer programs is to facilitate continual capacity for Urban Boatbuilders programming, while offering enriching experiences for volunteers in both the contribution they make towards a worthwhile mission and their own opportunity for hands-on learning, skill development and self-growth.
Volunteering at Urban Boatbuilders:
Whatever your skills or interests, there is a place for you at Urban Boatbuilders.
Step 1: Sign up using the calendar above for an orientation/tools training*. Volunteers are required to complete at least one Saturday training session before using any power tools in the workshop.
Orientation & Basic Tools Training: Join us for a brief orientation on the organization and what we do, followed by basic hand and power tools training (band saw, drill press, 12" disc sander, and chop saw). Those not interested in volunteering on the shop floor don't need to stay for the tools training.
Advanced Power Tools Training: Designed for volunteers with some prior woodworking experience, this training includes a brief orientation on the organization and what we do, followed by training on advanced power tools (table saw, planer, and router).
*Note: our 3rd Saturday orientations are specifically for people who identify as women/trans/femme (WTF)! See the Shop Night descriptions below for more information.
Step 3: Pick your own adventure! After you read about our volunteer Shop Nights, please sign up each week using the calendar above. If you don't see what you're looking for, feel free to contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Shop Night (Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30 PM): This volunteer opportunity is open to all levels of experience and interest, and is a chance to assist with a variety of shop and boat-related projects and learn about other hands-on volunteer opportunities. It’s a relaxed and fun way to get involved in boatbuilding activities, and provides us with very valuable assistance in our programming. Pizza is provided in exchange for your time and participation.
Women/Trans/Femme Shop Night (every other Thursday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM): This is a volunteer night for women, transgender, and femme-identified people. Woodworking and boatbuilding is traditionally a male-dominated field, and we believe it’s important to create a supportive space in which WTF-identified people can gain access to and develop their confidence in these skills.
Like our Wednesday night open shop volunteer night, this is a time when volunteers work on projects that support our youth boatbuilding projects, workshop, and programming. Pizza and beverages are provided in exchange for your time and participation. The regular meeting time is the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 9:00 PM.
We also host WTF-specific power tool trainings. These occur on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 AM - 12 PM. Use the calendar (above) to sign up (the summer schedule varies).
What does WTF mean?
Women: people who identify as women
Trans: transgender people who identify with any gender: man, woman, nonbinary, agender, etc.
Femme: anyone who identifies with femininity in their gender expression. (Gender expression refers to how someone presents; from hair to makeup to clothes, etc.)
E-mail Anne at email@example.com with questions or join our Facebook group.
These space-limited opportunities work directly with the apprentices on a team of experienced builders who commit to a longer term project. If this sounds up your alley, we recommend coming to open shop or contacting us for more information.
Want to contribute your non-woodworking skills? Consider getting involved in our Marketing/Communications Committee or Fundraising Committee. Participants provide vital support to our organization, and we couldn’t continue our work without support in these capacities.
Please contact Julie at 651-644-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you might get involved and contribute to our mission.
Your donation will help to ensure that Urban Boatbuilders is able to build more young lives.
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.