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Volunteers

Volunteers make Bike MS possible!

volunteers at work

Each year, thousands of people across the country join the Bike MS volunteer team. From serving on planning committees and calling past participants to providing safety and support for riders at the event, volunteers make Bike MS happen, and are the foundation of why Bike MS is the largest cycling fundraising event in the country.

Who can volunteer?

Families, corporate groups, and individuals are encouraged and welcome to volunteer. Some volunteer positions require a criminal and/or DMV background check, and some may involve driving or heavy lifting. But if you want to help, we guarantee we can find a place for you! People of all ages and abilities are invited to volunteer. We are always looking for youth clubs, corporate, and service-oriented community groups to lend a hand before, during, and after our events.

When you decide to volunteer, you become part of the MS movement – a collective of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS. Together we provide support, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

Volunteer AND raise funds – the best of both worlds!

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

Don’t wait until Ride weekend to get involved. Volunteers are needed throughout the year in a variety of capacities.

At Society Office and Warehouse

June - September: Volunteers are needed at various times at our office and warehouse in Philadelphia. Jobs include stuffing rider number packets, assigning rider numbers and assisting cyclists the week of the ride, preparing supplies, and more! If you are available to help out, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

Bike MS Promotions Team

May - September: Organized by the City to Shore Planning Team, the Bike MS Promotion Team needs your help in reaching 7,000 cyclists on the road this September 23 & 24. Commit to the Promotions Team in 2017 to receive a Bike Promotions Team tech T-shirt. Click here to learn more.

City to Shore Planning Team

March - October: City to Shore would not be possible without the year-long support of the Planning Team. This team of 40+ members is made up of a diverse group of cyclists and volunteers who enjoying working together to help staff plan and execute many aspects of the ride. Click here to learn more.

Online volunteer registration is closed

Updated | September 18, 2017

Please note that online registration is now closed. We’re still looking for walk-on volunteers, especially at the locations below. Please bring a walk-on form, and contact us (pae_volunteers@nmss.org or 215-271-1500) with any questions. Note that walk-on forms will be available at the event. Thank you for your support!

  • Ocean City on Saturday
  • Egg Harbor City on Sunday
  • Egg Harbor Township on Saturday and Sunday
CTS volunteer Tshirt

Ride Weekend volunteers will receive a stylish T-shirt (2016 design pictured)!

Ride Weekend Volunteer Jobs

Click here for the job descriptions.

Background check required.
** Great for high school or college students/youth or military groups.

Standard Roles:

  • Bike Handling (bike loading/unloading in Ocean City)**
  • Food (Start or Finish Line)
  • Greeter/Registration Assistant (at PATCO; Must have strong and assertive personality)
  • Luggage Loading/Unloading (requires lifting)**
  • Parking/Traffic Control (directing pedestrian traffic, bike or car parking, finish line chute or assisting with the staggered start. Must have assertive personality, must be at least 16 years old)
  • Rider number pickup* (cyclist, VIP, next year, Rookie or volunteers) - training call required
  • Rest/Lunch Stop
  • Set-up or Clean-up Crew**
  • T-Shirts (in Ocean City)
  • Team Tent or Rookie Tent
  • Typist (to assist in command center)

Specialty Roles:

  • Communicators/HAM Radio Operators - Register now!
  • Road Marshal & Cyclists Traffic Safety (on route) are essential to the safety of 7,000 cyclists on the road ride weekend. Responsibilities include both stationary and roving positions along the route each day. Stationary volunteers are positioned at identified key locations/intersections to notify cyclists of upcoming turns or obstructions and reinforce the rules of the road. A motorcycle is not required or needed for stationary positions.
  • Photographer (take pictures at start/finish line and along the route)
  • Situations Team* (medical background required)
  • Support & Gear (SAG) Driver* (CDL is not required; 20-26 foot straight truck, box truck or 15 passenger van; training required)
  • Truck Driver* (CDL is not required; largest truck is 26-foot straight without air brakes; training required) - Click here for more information.
  • SWAT Team (roams the route in a car or clean-up/maintain it).

Ride Weekend Volunteer Groups

Whether you're friends and family or colleagues, we welcome all types of volunteer groups. We can accommodate volunteers of all ages and will place your group in the best opportunity based on your ages and preferences. Types of groups that have volunteered with us in the past include:

  • Boy/Girl Scout troops
  • Church groups
  • Civic groups
  • College/University organizations (perfect for the bike handling role)
  • Corporate Groups (matching gift or volunteer exchange programs)
  • High school students (fulfill community service hours!)
  • Military groups (great for luggage or transportation)
  • Professional associations
  • Service clubs
  • Sorority/fraternities
  • Youth groups
  • Families or friends (why not run a rest/lunch stop together?)
Volunteers

Group volunteer jobs

Groups of volunteers assist with many different jobs before, during and after the ride.  Click here to view a complete list of job descriptions. Jobs include:

- Starting line set up: Volunteers are with us early Saturday morning, wrangling 7,000 amped-up cyclists and preparing them to take off from our three start lines in Cherry Hill, Hammonton or Mays Landing, NJ.

Rest stops: Run one of our many rest/lunch stop locations. This is a fun way for family members and friends to volunteer together, as there are plenty of different jobs that even the youngest volunteers can help with. Sponsorship of rest stops is also available; sponsor groups choose a theme and decorate their rest stop for the day! Our rest stops are located in Berlin, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton, Mays Landing, Mullica and Waterford.

- Bike parking in Ocean City: Help cyclists park bikes in Ocean City, so riders can relax following their finish.

- Transportation station in Ocean City: Help out with bike handling, loading bikes into our support and gear (SAG) trucks. This job is particularly well-suited to youth groups or college students. And a bonus is that these high-tech bikes are very lightweight!

- 'Luggage Central' in Cherry Hill or Ocean City: Our 'Luggage Central' volunteers will load up riders' baggage at the starting line, or unpack it at the finish.

- Clean up at the Sunday finish line in Cherry Hill: Help us clean up on Sunday afternoon. Volunteers aren't needed until the afternoon -- great for high school or college students who want to sleep in!

Ride Weekend Locations and Times

City to Shore takes place in New Jersey between Cherry Hill and Ocean City.

When registering, you will be asked to select the location(s) where you want to volunteer. Please note: times and exact locations are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the event. Rest stops are not open to the public. Once confirmed, directions will be provided to registered volunteers only.

Start and finish lines

80/100 Mile Start on Saturday
(primary starting point for most cyclists)
150/175 Mile Finish on Sunday
Patco’s Woodcrest Station
200 Tindale Drive
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Saturday 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

45 Mile Start
Atlantic Commerce Center*
1001 South Grand Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Saturday 6 a.m. to noon
*This is NOT the Hammonton Lunch Stop 

25 Mile Start
Oakcrest High School*
1824 Dr. Dennis Foreman Drive
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
*This is NOT the Mays Landing Rest Stop 

Ocean City Finish Line on Saturday
Starting Line for 2-day cyclists on Sunday
Ocean City Civic Center
Between 5th & 6th and the Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 5 to 9 a.m. 

Rest Stops (along the route)

Berlin Water Stop
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Waterford Rest Stop
Waterford, NJ 08089
Saturday 4:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Hammonton Lunch Stop
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Egg Harbor City Rest Stop
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Century Rest Stop
Mullica, NJ 08037
Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Mays Landing Rest Stop
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Egg Harbor Township Rest Stop
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Volunteer FAQs

Check out our FAQ document (PDF) for more information. DSC_0351_resized.jpg

Click here to register or email us with any questions.

What if I forgot my username and/or password?
Click here to access your username and password. If you are unable to log in, please email us.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?
We need volunteers of all ages; however, there are some jobs that are restricted to adults. Minors should be accompanied by an adult. The luggage role at PATCO in Cherry Hill or in Ocean City as well as the Ocean City Bike Handling are fun jobs for teens, youth groups and college students!

How do I know which volunteer job to choose?
Please refer to our volunteer job descriptions (PDF) which are listed alphabetically.

When will I receive my volunteer assignment?
Your final volunteer assignment will be emailed to you the week prior to the event.

Do I have to volunteer the whole day?
While we recommend volunteering for the whole day, we realize that may not be feasible. Please let us know in advance if you are unable to volunteer for the whole day. 

Do I need to fundraise?
While not required for volunteers, many volunteers do fundraise. For more information on fundraising, click here.

What happens if it rains?
Bike MS is a rain or shine event.

What should I wear?
Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the elements, to dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes. When registering, you will be asked to provide your T-shirt size. Sizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to provide the size requested, but this is not guaranteed.

Is transportation provided?
Due to liability guidelines, transportation is not provided for volunteers.

Will this volunteer activity count towards community service hours?
Yes, volunteering counts towards community service hours. 

What if I’m riding on Saturday, can I volunteer on Sunday?
Of course -- many cyclists volunteer on Sunday, and we can use you! As a registered cyclist, you will not be able to sign up online, so please download the registration form and return it by email, mail or fax, or contact us at (215) 271-1500 or by email.

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