Volunteer Assignments

Packet Pickup

  • What
  • Man the Rider Check-in stations, help distribute Ride t-shirts, stuff bags and help all our participants prepare for Ride Weekend! There are many positions suitable for persons with physical limitations or that require seated volunteer assignments.
  • Why
  • Event Check-in is every rider and volunteer’s first stop on campus. Greet them with a smiling face and help them get all the information and supplies needed for a safe and successful Ride Weekend.
  • When
  • Friday and Saturday. Shifts are generally 4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • UB’s Edward Wright Practice Facility (inside Alumni Arena) OR at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in downtown Buffalo.

Parking & Traffic

  • What
  • Help direct the flow of traffic to designated parking areas and get riders in and out of their car
  • Why
  • Riders, family and friends need courteous and knowledgeable parking and traffic direction. This volunteer assignment is vital to helping the event run on time.
  • When
  • Friday and Saturday. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • UB North Campus OR Roswell Park Cancer Institute in downtown Buffalo.

Food Service

  • What
  • Serve food and beverages to event participants, help prepare and sell food, or join
  • Why
  • Help make sure riders are properly nourished before and after their routes.
  • When
  • Friday and Saturday. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • Celebration Village, Expo Village & Extra Mile Club Tent at UB; OR at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in downtown Buffalo.

Celebration of Hope

  • What
  • Work at the Survivorship Tent, help setup and clean up, or serve food to event participants.
  • Why
  • The Celebration of Hope kicks off Ride Weekend, and volunteers are needed both to keep the event organized, safe and successful.
  • When
  • Friday Night. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • UB North Campus

Ready Team

  • What
  • Man the Volunteer Center outside of Alumni Arena on UB’s North Campus, relieve other volunteers, fill in on special projects, respond to sudden needs, resolve problems and assist special visitors
  • Why
  • Ready Team members are ready to go wherever and whenever they are needed.
  • When
  • Friday & Saturday. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • UB North Campus

Guest Services

  • What
  • Act as an Information Guide, Campus Guide or Taxi Driver!
  • Why
  • With 10,000 people on campus at any given time throughout Ride Weekend, the guest & customer service personnel are responsible for greeting and directing guests and answering any questions they may have.
  • When
  • Friday and Saturday. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • Various UB North Campus Locations OR Roswell Park Cancer Institute in downtown Buffalo.

Load-in/Load-out

  • What
  • Join the Load-in/Load-out Crew (which involves heavy lifting), or help with clean up or bin sorting.
  • Why
  • Ride Weekend involves countless supplies, and Load-in/Load-out volunteers make sure all supplies get to the right place on campus to ensure the event goes off without a hitch.
  • When
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • UB Stadium OR Roswell Park in downtown Buffalo.

Route Guides

  • What
  • Direct riders at turns and intersections, watch out for rider safety, cheer on participants.
  • Why
  • Be at the center of The Ride action – great for volunteering with a friend or neighbor.
  • When
  • Saturday in 3-4 hour shifts, from early morning until early afternoon. You may sign up for more than one shift, if interested.
  • Where
  • Throughout The Ride For Roswell routes!
  • Positions are available in Akron, Amherst, Alabama, Barker, Canalside, City of Tonawanda, Clarence, Clarence Center, Downtown Buffalo, Lockport, Lyndonville, Medina, Middleport, Newstead, Rapids, Riverside, Town of Tonawanda, Shelby, Swormville and Wolcottsville

Photographer

  • What
  • Come document The Ride and capture rider photos, volunteer photos, rest stop photos as well as take photos of facilities and equipment. Photographers need to bring their own digital camera and have editing software.
  • Why
  • Photographers make Ride memories as they take action shots of riders and volunteers. Upload your memory cards at the end of your day and riders and volunteers can search for their photos on Flickr.
  • When
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Shifts are scheduled with our Photographer Coordinators.
  • Where
  • UB North Campus, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Rest Stops and over 300 miles of Routes.

Start & Finish Lines

  • What
  • Cheer on our riders at the start and finish line, attend to the water stations, support our safety efforts, or act as a pinner! Cheerleading positions are suitable for persons with physical limitations or that require seated volunteer assignments.
  • Why
  • Volunteers at the Start & Finish Lines assist our riders as they leave on their routes and return back to campus. Cheer them on, make sure they’re hydrated and ensure their safety at one of the most crowded spots on campus.
  • When
  • Saturday. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours and you can self-schedule based on your availability.
  • Where
  • UB’s Baird Point OR Roswell Park Cancer Institute in downtown Buffalo.

Riding Marshals

  • Who
  • Registered riders
  • What
  • Help riders with minor mechanical issues and keep an eye out for safety and anyone who might need medical attention.
  • Why
  • Serve The Ride and your fellow riders by putting your skills and leadership to work.
  • When
  • Saturday morning from your route start to the time you finish.
  • Where
  • On the same route you’re already signed up to ride.

Route Vehicle Support

  • What
  • Drive the routes and make deliveries to Rest Stops, help with communications by having a HAM radio operator along as a passenger, and offer mechanical or first-aid assistance to riders.
  • Why
  • Serve The Ride by putting your skills and leadership to work.
  • When
  • Saturday, varying shifts, from early morning until early afternoon.
  • Where
  • Throughout The Ride For Roswell routes!
  • Positions are available in Akron, Amherst, Alabama, Barker, Canalside, City of Tonawanda, Clarence, Clarence Center, Downtown Buffalo, Lockport, Lyndonville, Medina, Middleport, Newstead, Rapids, Riverside, Town of Tonawanda, Shelby, Swormville and Wolcottsville