Volunteering FAQ

How can I get started? 

View our Volunteer Portal or click on Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities to see what's happening in the next 3-4 weeks. Once you find an opportunity that suits your availability and interests, you can self register for that event. Then, just show up at the location and time the event has listed to enjoy a volunteer experience! It's that simple. Don't see anything that fits your schedule, or interested in volunteering for one event in particular? Email the Volunteer Coordinator with any and all questions. 

What are the benefits of volunteering? 

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and cultivate new skills. At Cascade, volunteers are a valuable part of our community and we show that with immense gratitude. We also host a volunteer appreciation party where we honor our exceptional volunteers. Dedicated volunteers who give 24 hours of their time in a one year period are eligible to register for STP or RSVP for free. If you volunteer for 4 hours, you are eligible to register for our one-day rides like Bike-n-Brews or Chilly Hilly.

I'm interested in volunteering for a specific event. When will this opportunity be posted? 

Volunteer opportunties are typically posted 3-4 weeks before the event occurs. If you are looking to volunteer for STP, the opportunities will be listed 3-4 weeks before the actual date of the event, depending on the timing and finalization of event details. Volunteer opportunities are posted on Thursday evenings, so you only have to check back once a week to see if the event you are interested in is up (exceptions may be made for any last minute help requests from Cascade staff, but for our major events they will be posted 3-4 weeks ahead of time). 

How can I get the opportunity to register for the Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland or RSVP through volunteering? 

Dedicated volunteers are given a special chance to register for some of our sold out events. To get this opportunity, you must complete 24 hours of volunteering by two weeks prior to the event date. Please email volunteer@cascadebicycleclub.org to register.
   
Please do not register for the STP or RSVP if you know you want to volunteer to get your registration. If you do pay for your registration and then volunteer 24 hours, you will only be refunded 75% of the cost, due to non-refundable fees. To register for any of our events using your volunteer hours, please email volunteer@cascadebicycleclub.org

I am really interested in a volunteer position that is filled, is there any chance I can still come by to help out? 

You can typically sign up to be on the wait list for any positions that have been filled. If someone cancels their registration (which typically happens once or twice per event) then you will receive an email saying that you are now registered for the event. If this doesn't happen, you can email the event organizer or the Volunteer Coordinator to check in and see if they can use any additional help (please email at least 48 hours in advance). 

Are there volunteer opportunities outside the Puget Sound Region? 

The majority of our volunteer opportunities are located within the Puget Sound Region; however we do have some events that take place outside of the region. If you are outside the Puget Sound Region and are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@cascadebicycleclub.org.  

Can I transfer my volunteer hours to someone else for event registration? 

Unfortunately, volunteer hours are not transferable. 

Can my child volunteer?

Youth are able to volunteer with Cascade for age appropriate activities such as cheering on riders at the finish line or helping lead kids art activities. We ask that youth under the age of 15 years old are accompanied by a parent or guardian who can supervise tasks. 

Absence and lateness 

The positions that volunteers fill are critical to Cascade. If you fail to show up, others must take on the tasks you were expected to accomplish. If you are unable to attend a scheduled work day, or if you will arrive late, please contact the event organizer with as much notice as possible. 

Policy of using volunteer hours towards event registration

  • Generally, volunteer opportunities listed in CERVIS qualify for hours worked and can be applied toward an event volunteer registration.
  • Volunteer hours worked do not apply to a reduced registration on RAW or to any multi-day tour. 
  • Volunteer registrations may not be sold and/or transferred to another rider. 
  • Volunteer hours expire after 12 months, except for event support drivers or baggage truck drivers (those hours will be carried over for one year only).
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