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Volunteers are integral to WABA’s events, office management, advocacy, education, and outreach initiatives.

Volunteer opportunities will be posted on this page as they emerge. The best way to stay up-to-date with our volunteer needs are to sign up for our Volunteer and Event Hub email blasts (sign up here or to the right) and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Did you know you can volunteer your way to a free WABA membership?! Volunteer three times to earn a one-year membership. Keep track of the times you’ve volunteered with us and apply for your free WABA membership here. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Be a Ride Marshal for the 2017 Congressional Ride

Volunteering as a ride marshal for The Congressional Ride is a great way to show off DC’s great bike lanes and meet fellow bicycle lovers and advocates.

The Congressional Ride is short and slow paced. It will be between 6 and 8 miles and takes Summit attendees on a short tour by bike of DC’s infrastructure and sights. Ride Marshals will lead small groups of riders around the city following a cue sheet and ensuring everyone in your group stays together.

Date: Thursday, March 9th
Time: 8:15-10:30am
Location: The Grant Memorial in front of the US Capitol

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Metropolitan Branch Trail Coffee Outreach

The Trail Ranger team pops up every month to do AM outreach on the MBT and we could use an extra hand or two to help talk up WABA to trail commuters. No need to commit to the full two hours.

Dates: Fridays, March 10th
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: 4th and S St NE


Volunteer for Setup/Registration at the 2017 Vasa Ride!

The Vasa Ride is how we kick off our riding season every spring! You will help welcome and check in riders, set up and monitor bike racks, cheer on the riders, and have a great time!

Date: Sunday, March 19th
Time: 6:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K St NW, Washington, DC (Georgetown Waterfront)


Be a Ride Marshal for the 2017 Vasa Ride

WABA’s first signature ride of 2017 is almost here and we are recruiting 70 volunteer ride marshals! Marshals should be confident and safe bicyclists, commit to being friendly and kind to other riders, and follow all traffic laws. We will provide additional training for WABA ride marshals starting this year – stay tuned for more details.

The Vasa Ride starts in Georgetown and there are four routes to choose from: an 8-mile family route, a 16-mile route in through Washington, DC, and a 31- or 59-mile route that goes to Potomac, MD and back. In exchange for being a volunteer ride marshal, you get to ride for free!

Date: Sunday, March 19th
Time: Rides depart between 7:30-10:30am, marshals report prior to ride departure
Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K St NW, Washington, DC, along the Georgetown Waterfront

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Ongoing Opportunities:

Call for craft supply donations

Do you have extra craft supplies that are lying in a box unused and no longer wanted? WABA is gearing up for a few craft events in the coming months and rather than buy new, we thought we’d put out the call for donations.

We’re especially looking for: adult scissors, modpodge, acrylic sealer, pipe cleaners, bias/binding tape, construction paper, cool things to temporarily decorate helmets with, paper/fabric paint, anything bike-themed, fake flowers, paper doillies, googly eyes.

Date: Anytime during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or by appointment if possible
Location: The WABA office, 2599 Ontario Rd. NW, Washington, DC
RSVP: outreach@waba.org before stopping by, please!

Help Bring Open Streets to Our Region!

Ongoing opportunities

We are beginning to plan for our region’s very first Open Streets program which will take place this October in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. An Open Streets program temporarily closes roads to vehicle traffic and opens them to people – so communities can come out in their street and enjoy the city in the most fun, active, and creative ways. We are currently planning for and permitting an open streets event in DC’s Petworth neighborhood for Spring 2017, and we will need hundreds of volunteers the day-of to help pull off this extraordinary event!

If you’re interested in learning more about Open Streets or joining our volunteer Open Streets Working Group, sign up here.

Become an Arlington PAL Ambassador

Ongoing opportunities

We’re working with BikeArlington to recruit a community of volunteers to inspire more Predictable, Alert, and Lawful road culture in Arlington County. Bike billboards, pizza nights, and block parties — all on your commute home. Click here to sign up and join us at our next event!

Become a DC Ambassador

Ongoing opportunities

WABA’s outreach team is recruiting a community of volunteers to inspire more bicycling in the District. Bike billboards, pizza nights, and block parties — all on your commute home. Click here to sign up and join us at our next event!

Become a WABA Ride Marshal

Ongoing opportunities

WABA relies on the support of hundreds of volunteer ride marshals each year to make our signature rides a success. We recruit marshals for all of our signature ride events. And new in 2017: we will be launching a new volunteer ride marshal training – so if you haven’t marshaled before and are interested in joining the ranks, sign up to be a Ride Marshal now for more info! The coolest thing about being a WABA Ride Marshal? You get to the do WABA ride events for free. Click here to join our Ride Marshal email list. 

For questions about volunteer opportunities, email volunteer@waba.org.