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Join The Largest Network Of Coastal Defenders In The World

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Surfrider Foundation. Join our network and help us tackle the issues that face our ocean, waves and beaches. Enter your information below and we'll connect you with the nearest Chapter or Club in your community.

Whether you want to join our chapter or participate in a cleanup, your involvement with us lends an important hand in tackling issues affecting our oceans, rivers, and beaches. Below are some ways to get involved.

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1. SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAILS
 

Click here to sign up for our e-mail newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on upcoming events, meetings, and anything else that’s going on.

 

2. COME TO A MEETING

Our chapter meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to join. It’s a great way to hear what’s happening with our chapter, share your own ideas, and connect with other like-minded water-enthusiasts in the DC area! Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated on upcoming meeting details.

 

3. VOLUNTEER AT AN EVENT

The DC Chapter hosts clean-ups, movie nights, lectures, meetings, beach gatherings, and much more. There is always something going on, and we’re always looking for people to help out with events and programs. And if you’re interested in helping out or have your own ideas to make events better, we want to hear from you. Please email volunteercoordinator@dc.surfrider.org to connect with us.

 

4. GATHER INFORMATION

We are always trying to keep up to date with the latest information about regional and national issues. Maybe it’s a questionable environmental bill going through Congress, or news of a municipal sewer flowing into a small creek. Whatever issues arise, we’d like to hear about it. You can be our eyes and ears and put the spotlight on water quality problems and/or solutions. You can e-mail us with the news.

 
Learn about D.C. Chapter events
 

Email volunteercoordinator@dc.surfrider.org if you have any questions.


Chapter Leadership Openings 

Surfrider DC is made possible by our incredible volunteers. Are you interested in becoming a dedicated volunteer? We are looking for people to fill the roles that follow.

Chapter Chair

 Must be a Surfrider Foundation Member; 2 to 20 hours a week, 2-year commitment; one chapter meeting per month and/or Executive Committee meeting per month
  • The Chair ensures that the mission of the organization is being fulfilled.
  • The Chair acts as the link between the chapter and Surfrider Foundation Headquarters
  • Transmits and distributes all communications from the national office to the chapter executive committee members.
  • Chairs monthly chapter meetings and executive meetings, and creates agendas
  • Check chapter email account and distribute emails appropriately.
  • Be a signer on the chapter bank account
  • Be the lead spokesperson for the chapter.
  • Field media calls or delegate them out. The Chair is the lead spokesperson
  • Calls for votes among the chapter’s Executive Committee
  • Contribute to the chapter’s website and social media pages as needed
  • Leads annual, strategic, and operations planning for the chapter
  • Makes sure the chapter is in compliance with all governance procedures
 To apply, please fill this out and email a resume to chair@dc.surfrider.org
 

Volunteer Coordinator

 Must be a Surfrider Foundation Member; 2 to 20 hours a week, 2-year commitment; one chapter meeting per month and/or Executive Committee meeting per month
 
  • One of the most important jobs in the chapter because there are typically hundreds of members in every chapter being led by a few
  • Coordinates with committees (campaign or events) and/or campaign and program leaders to identify volunteer needs
  • Leads volunteer recruitment by communicating those needs to the membership and posting volunteer opportunities elsewhere as appropriate
  • Build and manage a database or list of volunteers and potential volunteers
  • Gets to know volunteers, their interests and match them to opportunities
  • Responds to inquiries from people seeking to volunteer
  • Contributes to the chapter’s website and social media pages
  • Possibly -communicates to the chapter membership via mass emails
  • Organize events for volunteers to meetup and get to know each other better
  • Uses the Volunteercoordinator@email address for chapter related emails
 To apply, please fill this out and email a resume to chair@dc.surfrider.org
 

Secretary

Must be a Surfrider Foundation Member; 2 to 20 hours a week, 2-year commitment; one chapter meeting per month and/or Executive Committee meeting per month
 
  • The Secretary is responsible for the Chapter’s records (minutes) and correspondence.
  • The Secretary keeps an accurate record of the meetings and topics of discussion of the Chapter and of the Executive Committee; and transmits the same to the successor in Office.
  • The Secretary is responsible for sending monthly reports to Surfrider Foundation National Headquarters and is also a primary contact to National Headquarters.
  • The Secretary is responsible for sending out monthly/bimonthly emails to the Chapter’s members
  • The Secretary maintains and writes blogs for the Chapter’s website
 To apply, please fill this out and email a resume to chair@dc.surfrider.org
 


Fundraising Committee Chair

 Must be a Surfrider Foundation Member; 2 to 20 hours a week, 1-year commitment; one chapter meeting per month and/or Executive Committee meeting per month
 
  • Helps organize chapter fundraisers
  • Holds committee meeting and makes agendas
  • Reports to Executive Committee regularly
  • Mentors and develop new chapter leaders
 To apply, please fill this out and email a resume to chair@dc.surfrider.org
 
 

DC Surfrider is continuously seeking members for our Volunteer Committee and Cleanup Committee! Committees serve as a great training grounds for those interested in joining the Executive Committee.

 Volunteer Committee

 Join our Volunteer Committee which is lead by our Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren. If interested, email her at Surfrider DC Volunteer Coordinator volunteercoordinator@dc.surfrider.org


Responsibilities include:
• Brainstorming fun, unique and engaging events for our volunteers
• Helping plan and coordinate events for our volunteers
• Assisting in volunteer recruitment event 
• And more! 

 

Clean-Up Committee

 Join our Clean-Up Committee which is lead by Camden and Danielle. If interested, email them at cleanup@dc.surfrider.org

Responsibilities include:
• Brainstorming new areas around DC to organize cleanups
• Helping plan and coordinate cleanup events
• And more! 

 

OFR Committee

 Join our OFR Committee which is lead by our OFR Coordinator, Kristen. If interested, email her at Surfrider DC OFR Coordinator ofr@dc.surfrider.org

Responsibilities include:
• Brainstorming new restaurants around DC to recruit
• Helping plan and coordinate OFR recruitment events
• Recruiting OFRs
• And more!