Event Planning



Fundraising: The BWTF program has been operating for 4 years without a long term, sustainable funding source. We need someone who has the experience and resources to recruit private and/or corporate donors who will support this program. Sponsors will receive recognition on the chapter’s media platforms and a tangible item for display at their office or business.

Social Media: We need someone to push weekly water testing results out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Program Planning: HOTYB is new to SLO County, and we’re looking for a small team to work together to set the direction of the program, including designing and procuring ashcans and artwork, developing city and community partners, and getting the program off the ground.


Beach Cleanup Coordinators: Our beaches keep getting trashed and we’re looking for volunteers to organize cleanups. If there’s a particular beach or stretch of coast you’d like to take on, let us know.


OFR Ambassadors: Do you know a restaurant that already meets the requirementsto be certified as Ocean Friendly? Are you willing to spend a few minutes speaking with the owner or manager? Then we’d like you to become an OFR Ambassador! Training provided and mentoring available.

Vendor Liaison: We’d like to update our list of vendors of ocean-friendly to-go ware which is provided to potential OFRs that need to make the switch from polystyrene and other single-use plastics. We’re looking for someone to research what’s available (especially locally), including the costs, and if possible, negotiate discounts for restaurants who sign up to be OFRs.

Event Planner: Do you like to plan events? Then we need you! We’re looking to create some fun cross-promotional events with our Ocean Friendly Restaurants. Examples could be a surf movie night at a certified OFR offering a special Surfrider-themed drink or food item, or a discount day at an OFR for every diner mentioning Surfrider. In addition, we’d like to find OFRs willing to host special Surfrider quarterly meetings, so be on the lookout for suitable venues.

Waitstaff Trainer: A restaurant’s waitstaff plays a key role at an Ocean Friendly Restaurant. No only are they responsible for carrying out certain criteria, such as providing straws only on request, but they can educate diners about why the restaurant has moved away from single-use plastics. Volunteers in this role will meet with waitstaff to help them understand the OFR program and why it’s important for our ocean, waves and beaches.


We’re looking for volunteers to make phone calls, distribute literature, organize letter writing, staff information table at events, mobilize attendance at government meetings, design publicity, contact press, and more.