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We love our volunteers!
If you’ve borrowed a tool or visited Open Shop, you’ve probably met one of our volunteers!
We have over 50 incredible people who help make this project possible. Want to get involved? You don't have to know everything, you just have to love being a part of our community! Keep reading below for more information about ways to get involved.
Volunteer Librarians/shop Monitors
Volunteer librarians do not need to have experience with tools or construction, but should be passionate about our mission and values. Volunteer librarians interact with members at the front desk, helping with tool check outs, renewals, class registration and membership questions. We strive to create an inclusive space that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds and skill levels.
Wood Shop Monitors
Wood Shop Monitors are responsible for members using our public wood shop. They should have hands-on experience with all of our equipment, which includes the planer, jointer, table saw, router table, etc. Many of our Open Shop users are new to woodworking, and monitors should create a welcoming and inclusive environment while making sure everyone is safe and supported.
Craft Classroom Monitors
Craft Classroom Monitors are responsible for members using our craft classroom. The ideal Craft Classroom Monitor would be a crafty person with experience using sewing machines, sergers, and other craft or fiber art equipment.
Prospective volunteers ideally should be members for at least 3 months for applying, though people who have been involved with our community in other ways are welcome to reach out.
Both librarians and shop monitors are required to complete at least three to four 3-hour shifts a month.
Volunteers are expected to attend bi-monthly volunteer meetings, which are usually in the evening.
Joining a rad community that serves thousands of people each year!
Access to our facilities during off-hours.
Adventures! Field trips, movie nights, parties, camping, etc.
Other super secret special perks.
Oh, and tools.
We are always looking for help at our open houses, lectures and happy hours! No experience is necessary, you just need a can-do attitude! This is a great option for folks who want to help out, but can’t commit to a regular volunteer shift.
Volunteer Tinkerers, Fixers & Handy people
Are you great at taking things apart? Have some experience with woodworking, sewing, or electronics? We need your help! Twice a year we host our Fix It Fair, a free event where anyone can bring in broken furniture, small appliances, bikes, clothing, etc. and get help with repairs!
Jack/Jill of a certain trade
Have an idea that you think would make a great class? Want to share your knowledge on how to fix leaky faucets? We are currently looking for teachers, especially for our Home Care & Repair classes!
There's over 600,000 people in Baltimore and we only have 1000+ members - help us reach those who need us!
Have awesome Skills?
Just because it isn't listed doesn't mean we don't need it! Shoot us a message and let us know how you'd like to contribute!
We typically ask that all volunteers be active library members for at least 3 months prior to applying. However, if you have a skill you know we need and you are an awesome human we can make an exception - contact us!