Volunteers are at the heart of Oliver Hazard Perry's mission and an integral part of our ship’s community. By volunteering, you contribute towards the success of our on-board programs and enable us to expand our outreach within Rhode Island, New England, and beyond. Volunteers at Oliver Hazard Perry perform a wide variety of tasks, and every volunteer day is new and different. You may be asked to lead a tour below decks, talk about the ship’s history to a group of schoolchildren, varnish railings, help the engineer in the engine room, participate in a woodworking project, or help with rigging and sails. No matter your background, we are excited to welcome you to become a part of our volunteer corps.


Oliver Hazard Perry is docked at Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, for the winter months of 2019-2020. Our volunteer program, scheduled for Saturdays throughout the winter until the end of April 2020, will focus on familiarizing and training volunteers on ship maintenance, safety, and guiding on-board tours of the vessel. Our goal is to prepare the ship for an exciting 2020 sailing season.

Sailing opportunities will be available beginning in May 2020 for continuing volunteers who have completed at least 40 hours of training and program experience.


In order to minimize outside traffic through the ship and reduce risk to our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the rest of our scheduled tour dates and volunteer days until further notice.

Please stay tuned for more updates on Facebook, Instagram, or here on our website for more information on when tours and volunteer days will resume. in the meantime, you are still very welcome to sign up as a volunteer using the form below to stay up to date on what's happening on board Oliver Hazard Perry.

We thank you for your understanding and continued support of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island.


If you are not available immediately to volunteer, but are interested in joining our volunteer corps, complete and submit the information form below and an OHPRI representative will get in touch regarding upcoming volunteer training days.


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Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs to promote personal and professional growth.