Riverfront Recapture’s Community Rowing Program is a volunteer organization. We depend upon our rowers to sustain one of the largest and most successful Community Rowing Programs in New England.

Our community members have done everything from recycling boathouse water bottles to collecting pledges for our annual Hartford-to-Windsor-to-Hartford row to making direct donations to purchase new boats. Our members willingness to volunteer, donate and fundraise are critical to our program’s success.

While most of you already donate many hours to our program, we are asking all of our community members to volunteer at least 6 -10 hours a year (if you’re doing more, thank you, and keep doing it!).  Our greatest need is at our own regatta, The Head of the Riverfront, which attracts approximately 500 entries, 2,500 participants and 10,000 spectators annually.

Riverfront Recapture rowing volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are able to volunteer at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta or at other events like the Turks Island Post, want to engage in a fun activity with our Social Committee, or simply want more information, please contact our Rowing Programs Director

  • Head of the Riverfront Regatta: We especially need to increase our number of volunteers for the day of the regatta; this supports our most important fundraiser of the year
  • Social Committee: Help plan and implement fun stuff, or just tag along for the beer!
  • Volunteer Committee/Team Leaders: Help plan and implement volunteer activity
  • Regatta Committee/Team Leaders: Help plan and implement the Regatta
  • Adult Fundraising Committee: Help plan and implement fundraising objectives
  • High School Fundraising Committee: Help plan and implement fundraising objectives for the high school team, both parents and students are encouraged to join
  • Parents Group: Help with logistics and bringing food to spring and fall youth races
  • Adaptive Rowing: Row in a two-person shell with an Adaptive rower, help carry equipment to and from the water
  • Turks Island Post: Gather registrants, help with fundraising ideas, coordinate day of the event communication and logistics
  • High School Row-A-Thon: Gather registrants, help with fundraising ideas, coordinate day of the event communication and logistics
  • Program Captains: Act as  representatives of our various groups—A.M. Recreational Team; P.M. Recreational Team; Scullers; Men’s Racing Team, Women’s Racing Team —and serve as liaisons from our committees to our rowers
  • Outboard maintenance and repair: Previous outboard maintenance and repair experience needed
  • Van Driver: Drive inner city kids to and from practice; background check required
  • Boathouse Set Up: Assist with beginning of season mud removal, power spraying, washing, staging of equipment, etc.
  • Equipment Set Up: Assist with beginning of season set-up, including putting riggers on boats, washing dust off boats, etc.
  • Boathouse and Equipment Winterizing: End of season dock removal, boat derigging, cleaning, moving items out of boathouse into storage
  • Towel Washing, and baking for the morning coaches (this unique opportunity is currently spoken for)
  • And more!

Riverfront Recapture rowing parade