Each year, hundreds of passionate volunteers work to make sure our studio, front office and events are properly staffed while accruing hours toward discounts of up to 50% on tuition, and on membership costs. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Block Time Volunteers

Block Time volunteers commit to a shift of four hours per week for a several week block at a regularly scheduled time, assisting a Crucible staffer person who supervises their time and tasks. Examples include studio volunteering, front desk, and the tool room. Most volunteers participate as block time volunteers in the studio.

Special Event Volunteers

Volunteer roles vary with each event but include setup duties, running various aspects of the event, and event teardown. Volunteering at events usually means YOU WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO WATCH THE SHOW. Our annual events include:

  • Hot Couture (January)
  • Fireside Lounge (February, May & October)
  • Open House & Art Show (April & September)
  • The Annual Soiree (April)
  • Gifty: Holiday Art Sale & Open House (December)

Youth & Community Program Volunteers

Field trips, bike fix-a-thons, earn-a-bike, special youth workshops and open houses at The Crucible require volunteers with previous experience successfully interacting with youth. Responsibilities include helping students with their projects, assisting the instructor with set-up and clean-up, helping youth with activities, greeting them at check-in, and escorting them in groups to watch studio demonstrations. Experience working in a studio environment is a plus.

Transfer of Volunteer Hours

Volunteers can pre-arrange to donate their volunteer hours to a scholarship pool or another specified individual via the Transfer of Volunteer Hours form which MUST be completed prior to actually volunteering the hours they wish to donate.

Volunteer Policies and Benefits


Ten volunteer hours are required before accrual toward benefits begins. After the initial 10 hours are accrued, volunteer hours accumulate toward the benefits listed below.

  • Memberships — 25 accrued volunteer hours can be redeemed for a year of “Firecracker” level membership with associated benefits; or 50 accrued volunteer hours can be redeemed for a year of “Pyro” level membership with associated benefits.
  • Discounts off Classes& Labs — 1% discount for each hour of volunteering. Example: 25 hours of volunteering = 25% class discount. A maximum discount of 50% can be applied toward classes.  The discount applies towards tuition, not material fees, and discount hours may only be used toward classes with space available. Once volunteer hours are used towards a benefit, the accrued hours are cleared and new hours are logged towards a new benefit.

Set-up & Clean-up Incentive

Around events we can use all the help we can get. To add an incentive to helping with set-up and clean-up of events, we offer our 10% Incentive Shift.  In exchange for volunteering for a 5-hour shift on a specific set-up or clean-up date, you will receive a 10% off tuition of a Crucible class!  These incentive shifts discounts may be combined with other volunteer hours to receive discounts greater than 50%.  For example, a volunteer with 45 eligible hours and two 10% shifts may receive 65% off tuition.

Additional Policies

Volunteers may redeem their volunteer hours when they wish as long as they comply with all regulations.  Volunteers are not eligible to register 30 days prior to the start of a desired class. Volunteers must register in person or over the phone to receive their discount from volunteer hours. To reserve a place in a class, volunteers must pay the studio fee for the class.  Registering online will not yield a volunteer discount.  Once volunteer hours are used towards a benefit, the accrued hours are cleared and new hours are logged toward a new benefit. The 10% Incentive Shift can be combined with volunteer hours for volunteers who have already met their 10-hour initial accrual, or serve as a new volunteer’s 10-hour initial accrual. Other promotional discounts cannot be combined with accrued volunteer hours.  Accrued hours may be combined with membership discounts.


The Crucible offers internships to volunteers who have specialized knowledge or skills that can be directly applied to specific projects or departments.  The Crucible also offers generalized studio internships for volunteers with great aptitude, attitude and related studio skills.

Interns agree to volunteer five hours per week for twelve weeks (or 60 hours as scheduled), which normally coincides with our semester system.  This agreement is contractual. By signing an intern agreement, the intern agrees to fulfill their volunteer hours as described in the agreement.  All guidelines, safety regulations, and codes of conduct agreed to in The Crucible’s Volunteer Policy Manual apply anytime the intern is performing related duties.  Internship hours are not transferable to the scholarship fund nor any individuals.  Departmental interns are rewarded with access to the department (with specified restrictions) for the duration of their internship.  Non-departmental interns earn credit toward tuition waivers with their intern hours as specified in the intern agreement.

Classes are based on availability and must be confirmed with the program manager.  The internship hourly commitment must be met before a class can be taken. Classes cannot be taken concurrently with the internship.  Interns cannot sign up for a class until two weeks prior to the start date of that class.  Studio fees still apply for interns and must be paid before the start of the session. The intern hours you bank during the session specified on this contract must be banked towards a class within one year of the internship.   If the hours are not banked towards a class (or classes) by one year after the internship, they will be voided.  Remember to redeem your classes!

Interested in volunteering but want more information?
Please contact us at volunteer@thecrucible.org or call (510) 444-0919 x106.