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Volunteer FAQ

What is the age requirement? We require volunteers to be 15 or older. Groups of teens need to be accompanied by adults in a ratio of 8:1.

How do I register to volunteer? All registration is online. Visit our registration page and select your top three volunteer duties.

Can I participate and volunteer? Yes! You can participate at pre-event jobs such as packet pick-ups and then ride on the day of the event. If you volunteer for 3 or more hours before the event, you get to participate for free. However, you cannot volunteer the day of the event and also participate. All volunteer shifts at the event overlap with the ride.

Can I volunteer at multiple shifts? Yes! You can volunteer at pre-event locations like packet pick-ups AND volunteer during the ride. We love your enthusiasm!

Can I volunteer with a friend? We try our best to put family and friends together but this cannot be guaranteed. All individuals need to complete their own volunteer registration. Email Tom Velev, at [email protected] and give the names of the people wanting to volunteer together.

Where and when will I be volunteering? The Boulevard Lakefront Tour needs over 100 volunteers, so there are lots of different positions and jobs that need to be filled. When registering, please indicate your top three preferences and we will assign you to one of those based on other volunteer interest. You will receive an email at least 2 weeks before the volunteer date confirming exact times and location of your volunteer job.

What do I get for volunteering? If you volunteer 3 hours pre-event, you will receive one complimentary entrance to the  Boulevard Lakefront Tour. If you volunteer at the event you will receive a t-shirt, lunch and entry into the volunteer raffle.

How do I prepare for my volunteer job? Read ALL emails regarding your volunteer duties and follow up with any questions from the volunteer coordinator. Attend a volunteer training held at the Active Trans office on Thursday, August 2 or Saturday, August 4. Check the weather forecast — the event is held rain or shine — so you can prepare the right clothing and gear you will need.

What do I do when I show up to volunteer? Arrive at least 15 minutes before your assigned time. Check in at your designated volunteer location; day of operations volunteers check in at the volunteer tent at Parking Lot G on the UIC campus; course volunteers such as course marshals and rest stop volunteers check in at a designated location along the route with their manager.  Tell the volunteer manager your name and volunteer task.

What do I bring with me when I volunteer the day of event? Check the weather and plan accordingly. Make sure you bring water, comfortable shoes, snacks, sunscreen and anything else you may need for a 6-hour outdoor event.

What is a volunteer group? Volunteer groups are from nonprofit and community groups that commit to bringing at least 15 volunteers. If you want to form a volunteer group, email Tom Velev at [email protected].

I loved that! Are there other events where I can volunteer? Yes! We need volunteers for other events such as Bike the Drive. We also announce volunteer opportunities on our website: