2018 was a record setting year. Join us to make 2019 equally as good. Then see what we do with the money raised.

Volunteers Are Community

Volunteering, Mentoring, Learning

Why Become an Auction Volunteer?

Setting up for the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale takes 9 days, and within those 9 days, the amazing happens.

On the first two days, priorities are devoted to positioning tents in the Woodward Middle School south parking lot, and moving the Rotary-owned equipment throughout the 36 Departments, located all across Woodward Middle School. If you have muscle and stamina and want variety in your workouts, this may be an ideal place for you.

The next 7 days are spent working with donated items: receiving, sorting, and moving the items into the Departments, as well as cleaning, testing, displaying, and pricing everything for the Big Day. There’s plenty going on during this time, including mentoring, teaching, learning, not to mention, having fun. The work starts early and goes late: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM each day. Be there for all or a part.

As an Auction Volunteer, you become part of the camaraderie — lifelong friends are made. It is quite literally like being at Day Camp for a week: free meals, educational and mentoring opportunities, first dibs at pre-auction sales (if you clock-in / out and have worked 6 hours or more), and the enjoyment of being part of a fun-loving, committed Auction team doing good for the larger community. Auction Volunteers keep coming back, year after year, and that tells you a little something about the value of your participation.

The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club membership comes out in full-force during Auction Prep Week, committing their skills and leadership. Rotarians truly honor the joyous spirit and goodwill of the hundreds of community Volunteers who so generously give their time for this worthy cause.  In 2018, a total of over 1,400 Volunteers answered the community service call and joined Auction in this exhilarating and exhausting work.  Quite literally, the Auction & Rummage Sale is a community onto itself, come experience the magic!


There are several ways you can volunteer.  They include:

Signing up Online: For the online registration form CLICK HERE. When you fill out this form, you provide the Volunteers Committee with your contact information, as well as provide guidance on the Department(s) or Committee(s) in which you are interested working during the 2018 Auction & Rummage Sale.  You also indicate any area of expertise you have that is needed for the work conducted at the Auction & Rummage Sale.  The Volunteers Committee will provide this information to the appropriate Department Manager(s) or Committee Coordinator(s) who will contact you directly.

Attend Volunteer Night: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Woodward Middle School Commons. The Department Managers and Committee Coordinators will be present to answer questions and take sign-ups, plus there will be food and socializing.

Contact a Rotarian: If you know or meet a Rotarian and are interested in volunteering for the 2019 Auction & Rummage Sale, just let them know.  The Rotarian will take your contact information and forward it to the Volunteers Committee.  You will be contacted to get you registered, and provide you with information on the work performed by the event’s 36 Departments and 17 Committees. Or, email: volunteer@BainbridgeIslandRotary.org.

Show up Early During Set-Up Week (June 28 – July 2): Work during Set-Up Week begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 8:00 PM each day.  During these hours, a Volunteers Desk and a Teen Volunteers Desk are maintained in the Woodward Middle School Commons/Cafeteria area.  Just walk in the south entrance to Woodward Middle School, go to one of these desks, and a friendly person will help you register, give you a badge, answer your questions, and direct you to your area of work.

Note: Our need for volunteers is more limited on Wednesday, July 3, Friday, July 5, and on Auction & Rummage Sale Day, July 6.  Please contact the Volunteer Desk early in the week if you are interested in working any of these days.


If you are a teenager, working at the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale is an excellent way to earn Community Service hours and possibly buy something you want before the Auction.  To help facilitate your participation, the Volunteers Committee maintains a separate Teen Desk where you register and check in and out each day you work at the Auction & Rummage Sale.  Your record of work is used by the Volunteers Committee to determine whether you have worked the 6 hours needed to qualify for making a pre-sale purchase.  In addition, the record is available to you if you need it to verify your Community Service hours.


From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday July 14, the Rotary Club hosts a Volunteer Celebration Picnic at Battle Point Park.  With the Auction & Rummage Sale’s hard work behind you, you can spend time sharing stories, enjoying good food, and celebrating the first official results on the 2019 event’s gross revenues.  It is also an opportunity for the Club to say thanks one more time to its membership and you and the other Volunteers who made the Auction & Rummage Sale a successful and enjoyable experience.