From Wikipedia: Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, which in return produces a feeling of self-worth and respect, but no financial gain. Volunteering is  famous for skill development, socialization and fun. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment or for a variety of other reasons.

Come Join Us!

Want to have fun, develop new skills, polish old ones, open networking opportunities, all while improving NJ's Delaware Bayshore quality of life, educating the next generation, and growing your self-respect? Try volunteering! Here at BCB we have many and varied avenues for you to get involved and not only help others, but grow yourself as well.

  • Folks interested in office work can enter data, write press releases, track volunteer hours, and answer phones.
  • No skills, but want to meet people and help out? Join us for a mailing, which can be a relaxing time to get acquainted with new folks while hands are busy folding papers.
  • Some may want to staff our gift shop making sales, chatting with guests, even get involved in inventory and planning.
  • How about museum volunteer? Yes, that could be you! We provide free training to interested members so that in just four mornings in a month, or two Saturdays, and you could be greeting guests, teaching school programs and giving tours of our facility.  Or, interested in behind the scenes?  Consider volunteering in the archives, helping with collection management work or conducting oral history interviews.  Museum volunteers meet the second Wednesday of each month during the Museum Club for continuing education, projects and friendship.
  • Speaking of training: want to be a crew member on NJ’s Tall Ship? We provide free training classes to our members each spring for the upcoming season, and chances to earn your way from apprentice, crew, educator, cook, second mate all the way up to first mate.
  • Love cooking and learning new recipes? How about sharing your foodie experiences? Maybe learn how to clean a soft shell crab, or bread an oyster? Join us in the Oyster Cracker Café. Here you can polish up your waitress/waiter skills, cook, bake, greet customers and of course share fun and banter while washing dishes.
  • Woodworking and boat restoration work parties meet weekly on Wednesdays
  • Maybe education is your vision. Or you’re adept at arts and crafts. Each year we have hundreds of children here in Bivalve as well as on the Meerwald eager to learn.
  • Are green practices your specialty? Share your ideas with us. Lets all work together to grow, have fun and make our world a better place.
  • Fundraising isn't for everyone, but maybe its for you? Do you like people and making connections? Help us connect people with our good work.
  • Are you active and like fast paced activity? Sign up to help at one of many events like Second Fridays, Delaware Bay Speaker Series or others!

Sign Up Today!

Sign Up using the BCB Volunteer Registration Form or contact our Volunteer Coordinator (email volunteer@bayshorecenter.org or call 856-785-2060 x 108) to find out how to get started.  Depending upon your area of interest, they will direct you to the appropriate person to get you involved with the organization.  Welcome aboard!

Access Our Volunteer Library

As a volunteer with the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, you have access to documents to support you in your role (e.g. policies & procedures, education curriculum materials, background information about Bivalve and the oystering industry, etc.).  Click here for electronic access to those documents.  (The documents are password protected.  As a volunteer in good standing, you should have been given the password to access these documents.  If you do not have the password, contact the Volunteer Coordinator to gain access.)  You can print any of these documents if you prefer hard copies to read.  If you do not have access to a printer and would like us to print any of these documents for you, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Time Log

As a volunteer with Bayshore Center at Bivalve, your donated time is valuable to us and we recognized our volunteers at season's end.  Volunteers are asked to keep up with their hours and identify the areas in which they have worked.  Time sheets are always available at 'Volunteer Central" in the office or volunteers may keep hours individually on forms accessible below.   If there are any questions, feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Individual Volunteer Hour Log

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