General Volunteering Information
Since Community Boating’s founding, volunteers have comprised the strong backbone that keeps CBI afloat. Literally! Without volunteer instructors and people willing to take newcomers out on training sails, there wouldn’t be much of a community in Community Boating.
Join the Volunteer Faculty
Teaching is the best way to get involved with Community Boating, meet new people, and improve your own sailing skills. Any sailor with a green rating or above can participate in the Volunteer Faculty! With only an hour or two of training you’ll be ready to teach classes as often or as little as you like, and you’ll be supported the whole way by our Head Instructors and our Education Director. Plus, Volunteer Instructors also get to participate in Volunteer-Only night sails, cookouts, river cruises, and social events.
Come to our work parties and help to improve the fleets and facilities. Spring and Fall are the BIG ones, but we have work parties year-round.
Join us for our final Spring Work Party on Saturday, March 26th for Spring Cleaning from 10AM to 2PM. No prior experience is necessary; just enthusiasm and good energy. We would like to request that volunteers arrive by 11AM at the latest for this work party. All are welcome! Food, snacks, and refreshments will be served. Learn more here.
Please feel free to e-mail Maintenance Director, Paul Gammons, at [email protected] if you are interested in helping with Maintenance projects and tasks during weekdays between the hours of 7AM to 2PM.
Join our Social or Fundraising Committees
If you have event planning experience, like to put on a party, or simply want to contribute to one of *the* CBI social events of the year, we’re recruiting volunteers for a variety of tasks for Community Boating’s annual fundraiser. For more information, contact Sidaulia Benson at [email protected].
DIY Volunteering aka Informal Instruction!
At CBI you always have the opportunity to jump right in to volunteering! Informal instruction is a great way to teach sailors new skills. If you would like to take out a member for informal instruction, see the dockhouse and tell them how many people you’d like to take out. If there’s anyone in the instruction queue, we’ll set them up to go sailing with you.
Join the Corporation!
Consider becoming a member of the corporation if you: are enthusiastic about CBI, a regular participant in our activities, volunteer at CBI and wish to contribute to our mission.
Please visit our Corporation webpage for more information about roles, responsibilities, expectations and how to apply.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteer instructors are vitally important to CBI, but so are other skills! There are all kinds of opportunities to contribute at CBI, small to large, from community outreach and back-office work to instruction, and everything in between. We are specifically looking for volunteers in the following areas, but any skill or time you can offer will be put to good use.
• Instructors (to teach rigging, orientation, on-the-water-sailing/windsurfing, on-land classes)
• Community outreach
• Representing CBI at an event
• Computers / Technology
• Heavy lifting / Manual work / Repairs
• Organizing social events
• Grant writing
• Fundraising / Marketing
• Office / Organization
Send us an email at [email protected] with “Volunteer” in the Subject line. We”ll send you an email when we can use your help. Or drop by the Front Office anytime to ask how you can help, or call 617-523-1038.
Junior Program Volunteering
Junior Program Instructors-in-Training: The Instructor-in-Training (IIT) volunteer program gives Juniors the opportunity to give back to CBI while gaining responsibility and recognition in the Junior Program community. IITs assist with classes, shadow instructors, help boats cast off, dock, rig and unrig, and take less experienced members out sailing for extra practice. For more information, see the Junior Program IIT page. Thanks for helping out! Your time is genuinely appreciated.
Junior Program parents are encouraged to help the community in development, fundraising and by considering joining the corporation, or by becoming Adult Program members.