The OHA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for our members. Our main focus is on providing opportunities to revisit the huts and help with current operations, but we also sponsor ways for members to “give back” to the local communities that contribute so much to hut history and culture. To paraphrase Muhammad Ali: “Service to others is our rent for living on the planet.”
The OH Ambassador Program. This may be the best damn deal in the Whites. The AMC Hut System provides a free overnight hut visit to any OH and their guest, Sunday through Thursday, in exchange for just showing up, helping out as you may be directed, swapping stories with the croo, and generally listening and learning, as well as introducing them to the OHA and all we offer. We try to provide an ambassador for each hut, for both summer and fall croos. Contact Huts Manager James Wrigley below to learn more.
Croo Fill-Ins. Remember the OH who’d show up at your hut to work dinner so you could have the night off to party it up at Madfest or make use of your hard-earned tips on croo nights? Now you can be that person. Assemble a croo of your OH buddies and volunteer as a group, or just sign on by yourself and get matched with others. Contact Huts System Field Supervisor, Eric Gotthold below to learn more.
Trail Work. The OHA is the official adopter of the Hutmen’s Trail and the Hall’s Ledge Trail, both in Pinkham Notch and part of the White Mountain National Forest. We patrol and maintain these trails annually and welcome your participation. 16 hours of service entitles you to a free White Mountain National Forest parking pass, good for one year. Contact Bill Barrett below to learn more.
O.H.A. Cabin. Join us mid-October for Oktoberfest, our annual Cabin cleaning and maintenance session to get the old place ready for winter. All skills and abilities welcome. Come for the weekend, or drop by for a day or a few hours. BYO and we’ll feed you a traditional German menu fit for a Burgermeister. For more info, watch the events listing our event listings.
AMC Hut Volunteer Programs. Hut Info Vols receive free room and board in a hut for working alongside current croo greeting guests, sharing trail advice, and helping with check-in and retail sales. Hut Volunteer Naturalists lead evening programs that help guests learn about and appreciate the natural history of the White Mountains. Late fall/early winter is the best time to inquire about these programs for the following summer. Contact the AMC’s Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator, Kyra Salancy below to learn more, or call 603-278-3820.
Local Community Volunteering. Still under development, but something our members tell us they want. If you have an idea and the energy to explore it, we probably have the people to make it happen. An afternoon staffing a soup kitchen? Habitat for Humanity? Let’s talk. Contact O.H.A. Chair Stroker Rogovin below to learn more.