Get Involved in Sustainable Capitol Hill

For the village, by the village! We’re a volunteer community group so that means we need you! There are many different ways you can get involved and help out. You can help out on a specific project or focus on a specific task. If you don’t see something interesting below, just reach out to us and we can discuss any ideas you have about how you can help. Some examples of the kind of help we need are:

  • Researching practical sustainability, including potential event and class topics
  • Event planning
  • Staffing the tool library
  • Picking fruit
  • Shaking money from trees
  • Spreading the word about how awesome we are via social media, community events, and possibly some shouting from rooftops.

We need all the wo/manpower we can get to make this a reality!

Now that we’re open, we need help staffing the library. Sign up for shifts online. We’re also looking for people to help test and repair inventory.

Work Parties: Even though we’re open we still have some remodel tasks left. We still need to install the tile, and finish the taping and mudding, as well as some other small tasks. We’d love it if you could come help out. Check out our meetup page for details. During the summer we have fruit picking parties (and follow up cider pressing parties).

Planning Meetings/Committees: We have meetings and committees to plan all sorts of things. I know, sounds like fun right? Seriously, we try to make planning fun, often starting the meeting with a potluck. Some committees you could call your own: tool library planning, fruit gleaning, fixer events, classes, social events. Check out the calendar for details. If you don’t like meetings, we’d still love your help! Below are the specific tasks we need to complete – just email us and let us know you’d like to help! And if there’s something else you think would help, but don’t see it on the list, let us know.

General Help

We have lots of little things that can get done in short bursts when you have time.

  • Add Inventory to system
  • Photograph inventory
  • Talk with other tool libraries to see what tool repairs they do most, which tools they loan the most, what training manuals they have etc.
  • Pick up donated tools
  • Teach classes, once we are open
  • Help staff the library
  • Build a manual for volunteer staff
  • And much, much more…

Volunteer to help

Help with Design

We’re still figuring out the details for the tool library. We need help with:

  • get material donations, especially wood for moving work benches
  • help decorate. are you an artist or an interior designer who wants to help make our space look beautiful? we’d love a mural on our walls!

Volunteer to help with design


We need to get the word out to the community so they know all about us. We need volunteers to:

  • coordinate and attract members, new volunteers and donations – you could start small by just helping us define and recruit someone for this position. Plus we’ve won a matching grant, so all volunteer hours also convert to funding for us! The more volunteers the better!
  • tabling – every last Sunday Capitol Hill farmers’ market on Broadway, and possibly others. We’ll probably restart the tabling in March.
  • develop a sponsorship page and/or contact businesses for collaborations and donations
  • distribute flyers at local businesses for customers (grab a few, and ask to drop them off whenever you are running errands!)
  • be a fixer finder – find people who are willing to volunteer or sign yourself up and share your skills (maybe you could call up some retirement homes!)
  • develop workshop topics and find instructors (do you have a skill to teach, you don’t have to be a professional, just know more than your neighbor?)
  • be our Social Media gurus – keep on top of tweeting, Facebook, etc. including drafting social media content, & creating catchy hashtags (you know you’re already on there, why not help post as well?)
  • write brief articles for our newsletter (be a published author!)
  • plan an event for the community.

Volunteer to help with Outreach