Volunteer Assignments

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!
  • Throughout The Ride for Roswell routes! Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, Buffalo, City and Town of Tonawanda. Niagara Falls, Genesee County, Niagara Parkway, Canada

Campus & Parking Guide

  • What
  • Help direct flow of traffic to parking spots and assist riders around campus.
  • Why
  • There are 10,000 people on campus at any given time throughout Ride Weekend. The Campus & Parking Guides are responsible for greeting and directing riders and guests, as well as making sure both pedestrian and vehicular traffic runs smoothly.
  • 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.

Set Up & Break Down

  • What
  • Distribute food and beverage supplies and/or help with clean up. This position involves heavy lifting.
  • Why
  • Ride Weekend involves countless supplies, and Set Up & Break Down 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.

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!
  • Amherst-Clarence-Newstead, Buffalo, City and Town of Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Genesee County, Niagara Parkway, Canada.

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.

Photographer

  • What
  • Document The Ride and capture rider photos, volunteer photos, rest stop photos, as well as 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.

Packet Pickup

  • What
  • Man the Rider Check-in stations, help distribute Ride t-shirts, stuff bags and help all of our participants prepare for Ride Weekend! There are many positions suitable for persons with physical limitations or that require seating 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).

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.

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.