Volunteer Center

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NWCC Volunteer Center

Do good, find community, make friends, develop leadership, be a helper, give back: join in! Did you know studies have shown volunteering improves physical and mental health in the volunteers? Doing good is good for you!

Have just a few minutes a day, a few hours a month, or all day during our signature events? Want to make a difference behind the scenes or have a say in club policies? Let us know! Complete a simple interest form so we can help you find the perfect fit.

Take a look, too, at the roles below and links to various sign-up sheets.

Bluebonnet Express and Katy Flatland Century

NWCC’s two signature rides enable more than a thousand cyclists to challenge themselves and enable the club to donate more than $20,000 annually. Choices abound from slots that allow you to ride to positions essential to a safe ride experience such as SAG. Every member who volunteers will receive some sort of concrete reward, mostly credit toward NWCC kit.

Here’s what participants have said about you, our volunteers, “Volunteers represent what there needs to be more of in the world! (Kind, cheerful, caring.)”

Bluebonnet Express
Sunday April 21, 2024
bit.ly/2024BBXVOLS

Katy Flatland Century
Sunday July 21, 2024 (tentative date)
bit.ly/2024KFCVOLS

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Have just a few minutes a day, a few hours a month, or all day during our signature events? Want to make a difference behind the scenes or have a say in club policies? Let us know!

Complete a simple interest form (bit.ly/NWCCvol) so we can help you find the perfect fit.

Check out the options below!

Jim Bramble - Winner of Volunteer Raffle

Zube Saturday Refreshments

Congratulations to our winner, Jim Bramble! Did you know each quarter NWCC raffles off a $250 gift card to a Zube volunteer (no drop and snacks)? Sign up today, https://nwcc.bike/nwcc-volunteer-center/.

Come on folks, step up and take a turn every now and then! We’ve made it easy, and it costs you only a little time.

You don’t have to be a member to partake of the food and drink, but we do need members to take their turn on bringing the supplies so we can keep this very social part of the ride alive. It’s a great time and place to meet new people, and to hear about the club.

Feed people and hang out, a time-tested way to build community. If you are already coming to Zube on Saturdays, the extra time commitment is minimal. So is your expense since the club reimburses our grub-bringers. Join in and see tired riders smile! Click the button below for details.

Zube Park Ride - Saturday June 11

Zube No Drop Ride Leaders

Remember your first few group rides? Maybe you were wanting to meet people, get strong, and learn more but were uncertain how. Now that you are more experienced, here’s your chance to share your knowledge and love of cycling.

The No Drop Leader is responsible for leading the No Drop Group on the 25-mile route along US 290 business to the Chevron at 35515 U.S. 290 Waller, TX 77484 and back.

Riders are expected to average 13 mph in good conditions though may need help with simple mechanical issues. This is where you’ll also teach group riding skills and etiquette. Check out this Wheel Brothers article about our 2017 no-drop leaders. Click on the button below to say yes and tell us when.

Volunteers Rewards Program

Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) members can apply the credits for volunteering toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply credits toward a new NWCC membership.

The program was upgraded May 6, 2023. Check it out!

Event positions and levels

NWCC members can apply the credits toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply credits toward a new NWCC membership. Bluebonnet and Katy Flatland credits can be combined and expire at the end of the calendar year.

Level 1 Critical or multi-day roles $60 per event

  • Ride Director
  • Assistant Ride Director
  • Registration Lead
  • SAG Driver
  • Sign Coordinator
  • Equipment Coordinator
  • Traffic Control/Police Coordinator
  • Traffic Flow and Rest Stop Coordinator
  • Event DJ (if all day)

Level 2 $40 per event (enough for a tech shirt!)

  • Storage Wranglers
  • SAG Central
  • Photographer
  • Route Flow Coordinator
  • Corner Monitor and Rest Stop Assistants (if all day)
  • Lunch Coordinator

Level 3 $10 per event

  • Parking Coordinator
  • Corner Monitor and Rest Stop Representative (if shift < 4 hours)

Level 4 $5 per event

  • Registration & Packet Pickup (except for those who ride for free)
  • Parking Volunteers (except for those who ride for free)
  • Lunch Setup, Service, and Cleanup
Event Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Descriptions for NWCC Signature* Rides

*Bluebonnet Express and Katy Flatland Century

All volunteers must have a signed waiver; with minors required to have waivers signed by a parent or guardian.

Assistant Ride Director

Qualities needed

Must be an NWCC member at least 21 years old and able to commit to work much of the day before the ride and all day of the ride. Other times before the ride will be required yet can be calendered at your discretion.

Activities

In coordination with the registration lead and ride director, you will develop the rest stop supplies list well in advance of the ride. In addition, you’ll interact with the various scout troop leaders to ensure they understand how to treat the supplies (including retaining unopened boxes to be returned), making sure troops receive their supplies before the beginning of the ride, and return the supplies at stops are closed.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 1 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for Assistant Ride Director will receive $60 credit toward NWCC apparel. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

2023 Texas MS150 - April 29-30

Registration & Packet Pickup

Qualities needed

Must be 14 or older
Comfortable being around other people and potentially fast-paced environment

Activities

Greet and direct riders; assist with rider registration (using printed lists) t-shirts, goody bags, and more! The time commitment will be about five hours and will not be during the ride itself, allowing these volunteers to ride or (better still) volunteer for other roles during the ride.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 4 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for any role that allows them to ride in the event, that have shorter shifts, or are in more comfortable settings will receive a $5 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply $5 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Day-of registration volunteers may instead ride at no charge. However, they MUST register.

Registration & Packet Pickup

Storage Wranglers

Qualities needed

Must be at least age 16 and able to carry 30 pounds.

Activities

An essential element to our well-regarded events, you will be moving signs, coolers, t-shirts and so on in and out of storage. The time commitment will be about four hours and will not be during the ride itself, allowing these volunteers to ride or (better still) volunteer for other roles during the ride.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 2 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for storage wrangler will receive $20 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply $20 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Storage Wranglers

SAG Central

Qualities needed

Must be familiar with SAG (support and gear) and logistics or willing to learn and lead.

Activities

You’ll be taking calls from riders in need of assistance and keeping tabs on locations of SAG drivers. You’ll also be helping monitor how many riders are out on which courses. The time commitment will be about ten hours the day of the ride. You’ll be entirely in an indoor, climate controlled environment, able to sit.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 2 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for SAG Central will receive $40 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can join NWCC at no charge. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

SAG Central

SAG Driver

Qualities needed

Must have a valid drivers license, car insurance, be familiar with road cycling & be using a vehicle that can carry at least 2 bikes; you may but will NOT be expected to repair bikes along the side of the road. Please carry a tire pump to help air up tires.

Activities

You’ll be driving an assigned route along the rides, picking up riders in need of assistance and delivering them either to the next rest stop (If they think they can continue after mechanical assistance) or to the start/finish. Drivers receive a $50 cash card to help defray gasoline costs. You will be under the direction and assisted by SAG Central. The time commitment will be from six to ten hours, depending upon your route.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 1 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for SAG Driver will receive $60 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can join NWCC at no charge. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

SAG Driver

Parking Coordinator

Qualities needed

Must be 18 or older

Activities

You’ll oversee and help recruit parking volunteers. Are you organized and energetic early in the morning? The time commitment is about four hours and you will be able to ride one of the shorter routes.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 3 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for the coordinator positions with relatively short shifts or more comfortable settings will receive $10 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply $10 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year. The parking coordinator also may ride at no charge. However, they MUST register.

Parking Coordinator

Photographers

Qualities needed

must be willing to share your images with the NWCC board.

Activities

We’re looking for images showing the energy, enjoyment, and beauty of the ride. You may offer images of individual riders for sale on your own website.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 2 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering as photographers will receive $40 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can join NWCC at no charge. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Photographers

Traffic Flow and Rest Stop Coordinator

Qualities needed

Must be 21 or older and a NWCC member.

Activities

You’ll travel the route working with the ride directors to make sure law enforcement officers are controlling traffic as expected. In addition, you will supervise corner monitors and rest stop representatives, with the expectation that they will direct riders at tricky intersections and in and out of the rest stops. At the rest stops, you’ll check with the various scout troops. Before the ride, you’ll contact the rest stop representatives and corner monitors, confirming they understand expectations of their roles.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 1 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for the rest stop coordinator position will receive $60 credit toward NWCC apparel. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Rest Stop Coordinator

Rest Stop Representative

Qualities needed

must be 18 or older & NWCC member

Activities

You’ll be the face of NWCC at your rest stop, welcoming riders, directing them safely in and out of the rest stop, and interacting with the traffic flow and rest stop coordinator. The time commitment is between four and six hours, depending upon the rest stop.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 3 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for the representative positions will receive $10 credit toward NWCC apparel, if shifts are four hours or less. Non NWCC members can apply $10 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year. Those serving more than four hours will receive Level 2 benefits ($40).

Rest Stop Representative

Lunch Coordinator

Qualities needed

Must be 18 or older

Activities

You’re friendly, helpful, and a great host or hostess; thanks for welcoming our riders back. In addition, you will be working with the ride directors regarding the quantity of food to order and with the vendor prior to the ride and during the ride to ensure sufficient quality and quantity of the food. The time commitment is about eight hours and you may be able to ride the shortest route if you start at the earliest opportunity. You’ll be entirely in an indoor, climate controlled environment during your role.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 2 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for the coordinator positions with relatively short shifts or more comfortable settings will receive $10 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply $10 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Lunch Coordinator

Lunch Setup, Service, and Cleanup

Qualities needed

Must be at least age 14.

Activities

You’re friendly, helpful, and a great host or hostess; thanks for welcoming our riders back. The time commitment is about four hours and you may be able to ride the shortest route if you start at the earliest opportunity. You’ll be entirely in an indoor, climate controlled environment during your role.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 4 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for any role that allows them to ride in the event, that have shorter shifts, or are in more comfortable settings will receive a $5 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply $5 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Lunch Setup, Service, and Cleanup

Cheering stations/Corner Monitors

Qualities needed

Must be at least age 14 or supervised by an adult also volunteering at that location.

Activities

This is your chance to be enthusiastic and be an important part of keeping participants on course and safe. You will NOT be directing traffic. Law enforcement officers are being paid to do so at busy corners. The time commitment is about four hours or less.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 2 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering to cheer participants and watch the corners will receive $20 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply $20 toward a new NWCC membership. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Cheering stations/Corner Monitors

Sign Coordinator

Qualities needed

This position will require work on Sat, too. Please work with the ride director to pick up, place, and remove all route signs.

Activities

You’re essential to the success of this event. The time commitment is about ten hours.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 1 of 4)

The NWCC member volunteering for the sign coordinator position will receive $$60 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can receive NWCC membership at no charge. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Sign Coordinator

Traffic Control/Police Coordinator

Qualities needed

Must be age 21 or older and a NWCC member. Will require some time before the Sunday shift.

Activities

You’ll have the opportunity to coordinate with our local law enforcement officers, SAG Central and the ride director in ensuring the officers are at the predetermined intersections and released at the right time. The time commitment is about ten hours.

NWCC Volunteer Credit (Level 1 of 4)

NWCC members volunteering for the Traffic Control/Police Coordinator position will receive $60 credit toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can receive NWCC membership at no charge. Volunteer credits expire at the end of the calendar year.

Traffic Control/Police Coordinator

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