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Volunteer FAQs

What are the benefits of volunteering? 

Volunteering with TRC is especially rewarding because you contribute to the success of an outstanding program AND you get to know the rowers and their parents through working together.

I don’t understand the descriptions of some of the volunteer jobs – is it really okay to sign up for anything?

The really hard jobs are filled on a longā€term basis by experienced parents. Other than grill master, which you want to help out on a few times before trying,  or pulling the chuck wagon, which requires a big vehicle with a tow hitch - you can sign up for any job. There is almost always someone with more experience there to help show you the ropes and the volunteer coordinators will explain what you need to know.

If I don’t know what time my rower is racing – how do I know what time to sign up for volunteer work?

This can be a challenge since generally, you sign up before you know what time your rower is racing.  Whatever shift you choose at a regatta, you will NEVER be expected to miss seeing your child race.  Simply excuse yourself for the race then return to your post afterward.

I’m a middle school parent, can I volunteer?

 YES! We would love your help.  Please reach out to our volunteer coordinator at and we'll be happy to find a way you can contribute.

What if I have more than one High School athlete at TRC? 

Volunteer policy requirements are  4 hours per athlete. 

For example, 2 athletes = 8 hourly shifts, 2 season-long positions, or 1 season-long position and 4 hourly shifts.

What if I've completed 2 of the 4 volunteer hours?  

The volunteer policy is for all 4 hours to be completed (there is no partial credits.)  If you are short and need some ideas on how to complete your 4 hours please reach out to the volunteer coordinator. 

What if my volunteer shift was longer than expected, for example - I worked 2 hours and 15 minutes or 2 hours and 45 min, not only 2 hours?

The volunteer shifts are estimates and although we do our best, they are not 100% precise.   We thank you for your extra time and dedication, but the shift will only be counted as a 2-hour shift. 

Do all select regattas need volunteers?

No.  Head of the Charles (Fall) and the US Rowing Youth Nationals (Spring) do NOT need volunteers. Typically our team’s Select Regattas that do require volunteer hours are Head of the Hooch (Fall) and the USRowing Southeast Regionals (Spring).  but this can change depending on the coach's regatta choices.

If you have any other questions regarding volunteering, please reach out to