The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS. The success of Bike MS depends on volunteers like you! Each volunteer’s contribution, large or small, is critical to the success of the event. Volunteers provide key support to Bike MS all year, from serving on planning committees, calling past participants to providing safety for our riders and overall support at the event. Volunteers are the helping hands that make the event possible! When you join the Bike MS Volunteer Team, you become a part of Bike MS. Together we will provide support, raise money, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
Thank you for your interest in participating as a volunteer. There are many volunteer opportunities at Bike MS; families, corporate groups and individuals are encouraged and welcome to participate. Some volunteer positions require a criminal and/or DMV background check. Below are some examples of Bike MS volunteer opportunities.
Amateur Radio/HAM Operators
Provide communications during the ride.
Bike Shuttle Team
Load and unload bikes to and from trucks. Moderate to heavy lifting is required for this position.
Registered rider who provides medical assistance along the route.
Greet and cheer on cyclists, provide cold towels and water to returning riders, hand out medals.
Serve tasty food to hungry cyclists and other volunteers.
Assist with luggage loading, storage and retrieval at Start Line, Overnight and Finish locations. Moderate to heavy lifting is required.
This team of certified medical professionals (EMTs, paramedics and nurses) administers first aid at rest stops, lunch stops and main sites.
Patrol the route, assist with route control, check well-being of riders, and respond to emergencies and traffic situations.
Distribute rider packets and t-shirts to participants at Packet Pick-Ups.
Help to plan and organize the Bike MS event.
Check in cyclists and help pin on rider numbers.
Rest Stops/Lunch Stops
Help set up; make sandwiches; serve food, water, and good cheer to cyclists; break down stop. (4-5 people per stop/6-7 stops each day)
Cyclists monitor route and give guidance on rider safety, etiquette and emergencies.
Staple signs to stakes and place them along the route to direct cyclists. *Must have own vehicle. This is a all day commitment.
Provide transportation to cyclists and their bikes along the route as needed. Driver must have valid driver's license and car insurance.
Remove route markers, stakes, etc. along the route each day. *Must have own vehicle.
Leadership role overseeing site, troubleshooting, and assisting staff (i.e., finish line, luggage area).
Site Set Up & Tear Down
Load and unload supplies and equipment, set up and take down signage and tables. Moderate to heavy lifting may be required.
Supply Truck & Van Drivers
Drive, load and unload trucks and vans carrying supplies and ice. Moderate to heavy lifting may be required. Drivers with commercial licenses preferred. Non-driving co-pilots also needed.
Organize supplies, assist with inventory and load trucks the week prior to the event. Moderate to heavy lifting required.
Volunteers can raise funds too! Bike MS volunteers have access to a variety of great fundraising tools. When you register online, you may access your Participant Center where you can set a fundraising goal, update your personal page to share your story with others, e-mail supporters, track your progress and qualify for great fundraising prizes!
If you or your organization would like more information about volunteering for Bike MS, please contact Deborah Richards at 804-591-3034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.