Are you good at helping people get where they're going? Do you enjoy engaging others in conversation about things that are important to you? Are you passionate about bringing better passenger train service to America? Do you live in the greater Washington, DC area?
If you answered 'yes' to these questions, you are an ideal candidate to be a volunteer NARP Ambassador. NARP Ambassadors are the helpful folks who staff NARP's kiosk at Washington, DC's Union Station (next to Gate G in the Amtrak boarding area). By putting a friendly face on the Association, NARP Ambassadors play a key role in making NARP more well-known among the train-riding public, and thereby a more effective advocate for passengers.
The NARP kiosk is fully-enclosed, features two swiveling benches, and a lockable cabinet where extra copies of NARP's literature are stored (and you can also safely store your belongings while volunteering).
You can staff the NARP kiosk for as little as two hours each week, or three hours every other week. We will give you a key to the kiosk and cabinet (same key for both) and an instruction manual, and NARP staff and volunteer coordinators will be available to assist you, by phone or email, at any time should you need it.
The NARP kiosk is at a prominent location inside Union Station, so you will often be asked questions by travelers coming and going. Even if the visitor does not express interest in NARP, we encourage you to at least hand him or her a brochure or newsletter. If a visitor wants to get updates from NARP, you can invite him or her to sign up for our email list on the provided sign-up sheet.
Are you ready to become a NARP Ambassador? Please email us at narp[at]narprail.org or call (202) 408-8362 to get started.
As of now, Washington Union Station is the only NARP kiosk location. NARP is considering placing kiosks inside other large Amtrak stations throughout the country.
You should also reach out to the local passenger advocacy organization in your area to see what volunteer opportunities they have available.