Connect Your Community to the Arts—Volunteer!

Your time and skills are vital to our success. Join the over 110 volunteers who lend a hand to help make the Hoffman Center for the Arts thrive. You’ll discover volunteering with us is a fun way to meet new people who care about arts and culture.

Whether you’re looking for a high-impact leadership role, prefer to work with a team, or only have a little time to share, we’re excited to hear from you. Explore our volunteer opportunities below and we’ll get back to you shortly.

Seeking Volunteer to Lead Our Popular Writing Lounge!

Join our close-knit and dedicated Writing Program Team! The Writing Lounge is a bi-weekly 2.5 hour session where volunteer peer teachers lead participants in craft or prompt sessions. Each “Term” is 5 sessions, and teachers choose a topic and date to post on the web site.

Lead Responsibilities:

Must be comfortable with leading Zoom Meeting (an account will be provided by the Hoffman), have strong wifi (or the ability to go to the HCA to run the meeting), and send Zoom links to registrants.

Recruits five volunteer peer leaders for each “Term” from among Writing Lounge participants.  Sends dates, leaders, and topics for posting on the website in advance of the new term and reports on results for monthly board meetings.

Once we re-join the in-person world, the Writing Lounge Lead would open the HCA for the sessions.

Key Roles We Are Seeking

Hoffman Host (Two 2.5 hour shifts a month)

  • Greet, acquaint people to the Hoffman Center, and answer questions
  • Sell art from the gallery following guidelines
  • Help people sign up for e-news, classes and navigate website

Standing Committees You Can Join

If you have a specific skill, or special interest in one of our programs, apply to participate in one of our standing committees:

Communications Committee

  • Write and distribute press releases to relevant media for Center programs
  • Design flyers for events and workshops per HCA standards
  • Support special projects including mailings, annual reports, event invitations, etc.

Facilities Committee

  • Ensure the Hoffman Center building and 594 Laneda property is in good order
  • Identify and manage projects for repairs and improvements

Grant Committee

  • Identify funding sources that are a good fit for the HCA
  • Work with the Board and others to identify relevant projects in need of funding
  • Work with project champions to develop narrative and budgets for applications

Wonder Garden Committee

  • Participate in periodic weeding parties to maintain the Gardens
  • Sign-up for Gardens watering schedule during summer months


Art of Aging & Dying Committees

  • Help develop topics for conversations and presentations
  • Recruit presenters

Clay Studio Hosting Committee

  • Staff the Clay Studio during Open Studio hours
  • Orient newcomers to the studio equipment and materials
  • Answer questions and offer tips

Film Committee

  • Seek out films to screen
  • Set up venue and support AV equipment

Gallery Support

  • Help receive art and hang shows
  • Help put on opening receptions

Visual Arts Committee

  • Review proposals from prospective instructors
  • Identify opportunities for additional programming
  • Work with Gallery Manager to present instructor art shows

Writing Program Committees

  • Help identify authors to feature in the Manzanita Writers’ Series
  • Work on the North Coast Squid literary magazine
  • Help manage the Word & Image project, including graphic design for the broadsides and book
  • Help put on workshops and special events like PoetryFest and the Manzanita Writers Retreat

What Our Volunteers Say About Us

Coming soon

Learn more about our Program Leads and the impact they make to our innovative programming.