What's a Volunteer?
"a plant that has not been deliberately planted," or "a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task." ~ Oxford Dictionary
Here at the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival a Volunteer is:
"One part generous soul, one part bundle of energy, two parts creative brilliance, and a hint of party animal."
It is widely known that the success of almost any endurance sports event can be credited to the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm of its volunteers. We know this and you know this, so we've decided to motivate our volunteers with prizes. Yes, we said prizes.
In order to truly show our appreciation for the hard work of our volunteers, we've created a competition that will give them a chance to win cash prizes for charitable organizations of their choosing. That means that at the end of the day the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival will be handing out checks to organizations like Little League teams, fire departments, libraries, and historical societies.
Choose a charitable organization you want to support
Recruit people to join your team (sign them up too)
Join us in Rensselaerville on September 28, 2014 to compete for the prizes
Skip the bake sale and car wash, you can earn that money by joining the party at the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival!
Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers
What exactly will volunteers be expected to do?
Volunteers will be asked to help with tasks such as distributing water bottles, manning cycling course aid stations, assisting with registration, and cheering cyclists at intersections. There will be a volunteer information session a day or two before the event to make sure everyone knows what they need to do.
What will volunteers get?
In addition to the chance to compete for the charity donations, volunteers will receive Rensselaerville Cycling Festival t-shirts and be given access to the morning Honest Weight Co-op Fuel-Up Station filled with tasty and nutritious snacks.
What is a volunteer team?
Volunteer teams are groups of people competing on behalf of specific charitable organizations. In order for a charitable organization to be included in the competition, at least ten people must agree to complete on its behalf. These ten or more people would then be considered a team. Teams will be provided color-coded Rensselaerville Cycling Festival t-shirts to set them apart. Go team!
What do you mean by compete? How do volunteers compete?
Volunteers compete by making sure each and every cyclist has an awesome day. The more creative*, enthusiastic, and fun your team is, the more it will be remembered by the cycling participants. Here's where it gets fun - Costumes, music, and team cheers are all great ways to give your team an edge. At the end of their rides, cyclists will vote for their favorite team of volunteers. ( *Festival organizers reserve the right to approve volunteer ideas. We don't want this to get too out of hand.)
Will only one team win?
Absolutely not! At least the top two teams (and possibly more) will win money for their charities.
What if I don't have a team?
Don't worry, this isn't third grade dodgeball. You aren't going to be the last one picked. We plan to help organize people. Just submit your name and we'll take it from there.
What do you mean by charitable organization?
The goal of this competition is to support the wide variety of community organizations that make this area of New York special. Suggested organizations can include libraries, youth activity groups, veterans organizations, historical societies, fire departments, police charities, and other similar entities. If you are unsure if you group fits the bill, just ask and we'll let you know.
Do volunteer teams have to be members of their charitable organizations?
No, volunteers only have to compete on BEHALF of an organization. Teams can pick any organization they feel they would like to support.
I'm only free for a couple of hours on the weekend of the festival. Can I still volunteer
Yes, we will happily accept even small amounts of assistance, but we do need to make sure we have a solid core of volunteers. Therefore, each team must include at least ten members that are able to volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours each. Also, we will only be able to provide team t-shirts to volunteers who can offer 4 hours of time.
Who has provided the money for this competition and can my business contribute?
Our volunteers are generously supported by Fenimore Asset Management and Toole Design Group. We would gladly accept support from additional entities. Every penny provided for this competition will end up in the hands of the volunteers' chosen organizations. Please contact us for more information.
What if I still have questions?
Then we will do our best to answer them. Just reach out and ask us!