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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.


Interested in a volunteer leadership role?

  • Attend our monthly meeting
  • Call Barbara Wiedner 808 - 635 - 2593
  • Call Scott McCubbins 816 - 781 - 5883



When to show up?


  • Beach Cleanups – It’s nice when people show up on time, and we’re flexible, so come late or early if you like, as all help is welcome.
  • Net Patrol –  We often go to remote locations so please show up at the start time so you will know where to go.

How to find us?

  • If you are unfamiliar with the beach try to show up early or at least on time.
  • We usually put up signs to help guide you in, and so we’re usually easy to find.  Some of the more remote beaches can be challenging, especially when only a few volunteers show up for an event.  So plan ahead, and contact the organizer or show up early.

What we provide:

  • Gloves
  • Debris bags
  • Sand sifters are often available
  • Some garbage grabbers, net cutting tools, and other tools.
  • Water

What to consider bringing with you:

  • Sturdy shoes with good treads are often helpful to walk across rocks to gather debris.
  • Long pants (to avoid scratching legs).  Zip off pants or shorts optional.
  • Personal items to use at the beach after or before the event.
  • A pickup truck if you have one.
  • If the cleanup is scheduled for late afternoon a headlamp is advisable in case a delay might mean a walk back to the car in the dark.
  • A friend or neighbor.
  • A camera.
  • Your backpack, loaded with:
    • Water or a drink
    • A sturdy hat
    • Some sunscreen
    • A snack
    • Mosquito repellent (for some access hikes)
    • Purell to clean your hands afterwords

What to expect:

Lots of nice people and friendly faces.  You may discover lesser known beaches with secret beauty, and with less traffic.  We’ll have you sign in on a log.  Then you can grab a bag or bucket and some gloves or other tools and get started.  You can work in groups or alone as you like.  We usually sort and weigh some or all of the debris recovered so we can report what we’ve done.

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Use good common sense.  Failing that:  While most debris we find is harmless, don’t move tanks which might contain unknown substances, like propane.  Stay within your physical comfort zone in terms of weight, slopes, etc.  Seek help with larger items that you can’t reasonably handle.  Use gloves when picking up items from wet dirt areas to avoid possibility of centipede contact (rare).