Volunteer

Getting Started

Los Angeles Maritime Institute is an extraordinary place. The opportunities we provide for volunteers are nearly endless.

Never sailed before? No problem. We’ll teach you.

Have a ton of sailing experience? Great! Come add to it and put your skills to the test in a very different environment.

Enjoy working with kids? Excellent. You’ll thrive with us.

Convinced kids are not your calling? Give us a chance. We’ll show you how satisfying putting others first can be.

Think sailing might not be for you? Our at-sea operations require a lot of dockside support, and we always need help with them. There is constant demand in the following areas:

  • General boat maintenance – sanding, oiling, painting, cleaning the vessels
  • Canvas/sail repair
  • Carpentry
  • Marine Diesel maintenance
  • Electrical systems maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Office projects
  • Web design
  • Food preparation
  • Retail/sales

…and much more! If you have the knowledge or desire to learn, we have a place for you.

The bottom line is – the only thing necessary to succeed and have a truly rewarding experience with us is time and a willing attitude.

Ready to Volunteer?

You’ll need to attend an orientation first.  Orientations are typically held on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00am.  Please check our calendar to confirm and email our Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerCoordinator@lamitopsail.org.

For directions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

You can fill out the necessary forms at the orientation or you can fill them out in advance and bring with you.  The forms are available on our website, click here to download.