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Volunteering

When you and/or your child register for a Niskayuna Rowing program, your family automatically becomes a member of Friends of Niskayuna Rowing.  By joining Niskayuna Rowing, you have become part of an organization which promotes education, recreation, and health through the sport of Crew.

Over Thirty Programs!
Over the course of one year, Niskayuna Rowing manages over thirty programs through the Niskayuna Central School District’s Athletic Department and Continuing Education Office.  Niskayuna Rowing ensures that all programs run smoothly, safely and efficiently, and continually works to enhance the many rowing programs offered.  In addition to managing a large number of programs, Niskayuna Rowing maintains a large amount of equipment, since crew is an equipment-intensive sport.

With the exception of the Program Director, Niskayuna Rowing is staffed solely by volunteers.  Without volunteers, many of the programs supported by Niskayuna Rowing would be discontinued or severely limited.  

Logistics, Logistics, Logistics...
Coaches have a specific job: training their students to be better rowers.  Coaches are not responsible for managing the rowing programs.  They do not handle registration of rowers, maintain finances, or raise funds to keep costs down.  Niskayuna Rowing volunteers do these things.  Coaches do not organize for the away regattas scholastic teams attend; volunteers do.  Volunteers also chaperone these trips, as well as ensure that all rowers and coaches have everything they need to be successful.  Without volunteers, Niskayuna Rowing would be unable to host regattas, which would limit teams to practices and an occasional regatta or scrimmage hosted by another organization.

Lots of Equipment
Coaches are not responsible for maintaining the equipment required for Crew.  They do not repair damage to or do routine maintenance on the launch engines.  Volunteers do.  Volunteers maintain the shell trailer and chuck-wagon.  Dock-in and dock-out would be impossible without the help of volunteers.  The safety of Niskayuna Rowing’s facilities is greatly enhanced by the work of volunteers who participate in seasonal boathouse clean-up days.  Niskayuna Rowing also arranges repairs and maintenance for the shells, oars, radios, cox-boxes, and so much more.

The Bottom Line
Volunteers keep costs down.  Without volunteers program fees would go up dramatically, because, although the Niskayuna Central School District contributes to Crew, the expenses of running the program without a volunteer pool would quickly overwhelm the amount the district can contribute.

Join Us!
So when you and/or your child sign up for a Niskayuna Rowing program, you are joining a group of dedicated volunteers working to keep all of the Niskayuna Rowing programs on the water, including yours.

If you want these programs to continue, then VOLUNTEER!  Niskayuna Rowing needs you! For more information, contact info@niskyrowing.org.