Bike MS

National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter

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VOLUNTEER

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS. The success of Bike MS depends on volunteers like you! Each volunteer’s contribution, large or small, is critical to the success of the event. Volunteers provide key support to Bike MS all year, from serving on planning committees, calling past participants to providing safety for our riders and overall support at the event. Volunteers are the helping hands that make the event possible! When you join the Bike MS Volunteer Team, you become a part of Bike MS. Together we will provide support, raise money, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in participating as a volunteer. There are many volunteer opportunities at Bike MS; families, corporate groups and individuals are encouraged and welcome to participate. Some volunteer positions require a criminal and/or DMV background check. Below are some examples of Bike MS volunteer opportunities.

 

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Amateur Radio/HAM Operators

Provide communications during the ride.


Bike Check-in/Check-out

Monitor riders who check in/check out bikes. Moderate lifting is required. 


Bike Transporters

Assist with moving bikes from one location to another.  Moderate to heavy lifting required.


Concierge

Answer questions and direct participants to appropriate areas.


Food Service

Assist with replenishing ice and refreshments in bins. Assist with serving tasty food to hungry cyclists.


Hydration Station

Stock and serve water, soda and sports drinks to participants.


Join the Movement Area

Provide information about the National MS Society by handing out materials. Assist participants with signing up for volunteering, fundraising, MS Activist and other programs.


Kids Ride Helper

Cheer on kids who are participating in this fun ride. Ensure that they are riding with helmets and are within the route.


Massage Therapist

Licensed massage therapists provide free massages to cyclists’ weary muscles. Must show proof of license or certificate. Massage therapist may bring their promotional materials to promote their business.


Medal Distributors

Hand out medals to cyclists who make it to the finish line. Cheer them on and thank them for riding on behalf of people living with MS.


Medical Team

This team of certified medical professionals (EMTs, paramedics and nurses) administers first aid at rest stops and the main site. Must show proof of license or certificate.


Motorcycle Safety Crew (MSC)

Patrol the route, assist with Tour control, check well-being of riders, and respond to emergencies and traffic situations. Must own a motorcycle, valid motorcycle license and insurance and will be evaluated by MSC Captain.


Packet & Jersey Pick-up

Organize jerseys and T-shirts by sizes.  Distribute rider jerseys, T-shirts and materials to participants at Packet Pick-Ups and Expo.  Assist with tear-down of leftover supplies.


Photographer/Videographer

Capture key moments and interactions among participants through photos or video. Take photos of Bike Teams. Have a creative and detailed eye for action or still shots. Must own digital camera or video equipment. Provide final photos or videos to the chapter staff after the event.


Registration

Assist participants with checking in and providing necessary information for the ride. Collect forms. Direct them to appropriate areas. Must have very good customer service skills. Some data entry skills may be required.


Rest Stops

Set up and decorate the rest stop area, help with taking down tent and organizing leftover supplies.  Monitor rest stop areas stocked with refreshments.  Cheer on riders.  Provide good customer service while riders take a break from the ride.


SAG Drivers

Drive Support and Gear (SAG) vans. Moderate lifting may be required.  Requires driving a passenger van; requires background check, provide proof of current driver's license and valid insurance.


Site Set Up & Tear Down

Load and unload supplies and equipment, set up and take down fencing, banners, scaffolding and bike racks. Moderate to heavy lifting may be required.


Site Leaders

Be a lead volunteer to oversee the Start/Finish Line, Team Village or Finish Line Hydration (maintain site, troubleshoot, and assist staff).


Spirit Volunteers

Cheer riders along Start/Finish line and thank riders for participating on behalf of people living with MS.


Supply Truck & Van Drivers

Drive, load and unload trucks and vans carrying supplies, ice and refrigerated items. Moderate to heavy lifting may be required. Drivers with commercial licenses preferred.


Volunteer Check-in

Welcome volunteers to the event. Ask for their names and allow them to sign in. Provide with volunteer T-shirt and nametag. Provide assignment and volunteer location. Answer questions about the event. Assist with tear-down of supplies. Thank volunteers for their help.


Warehouse Team

Organize supplies, assist with inventory and load trucks the week prior to the event. Moderate to heavy lifting required.


VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISING

Volunteers can raise funds too! Bike MS volunteers have access to a variety of great fundraising tools. When you register online, you may access your Participant Center where you can set a fundraising goal, update your personal page to share your story with others, e-mail supporters, track your progress and qualify for great fundraising prizes!

VOLUNTEER CONTACT

If you would like more information about volunteering at Bike MS, please contact Jocelyn Cheng at jocelyn.cheng@nmss.org or volunteerillinois@nmss.org

 

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