Volunteer FAQ

These FAQs pertain to all volunteers

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 www.bikethedrive.org/volunteer 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 6 or more hours before the event, you get to participate for free. BUT you cannot volunteer the day of and also participate. All volunteer shifts at the event overlap with the event. 

Can I volunteer for more than one task?

We love your enthusiasm! You can volunteer for both pre-event and day-of positions if you like. For instance, you can volunteer at a packet pick up location and volunteer at a rest stop on event day. Be sure to clarify your wish to do both pre- and day-of volunteering by contacting Meaghan, our volunteer coordinator, at mlyons@activetrans.org or by calling 312.216.0465.

 

Can I volunteer with a friend?

We love that you want to volunteer together with friends and family members. Volunteers are placed based on task selection, ability, availabilty and our placement needs. We'll do our best to keep friends and groups together when it's feasible. Be sure to let our volunteer coordinator, know that you're volunteering with others.   

Where and when will I be volunteering?

MB Bike the Drive needs more than 600 volunteers, so there are lots of different positions and jobs that we need 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 two weeks before the volunteer date confirming the exact time and location of your volunteer job. 

What do I get for volunteering?

If you volunteer 6 hours pre-event, you will receive one complimentary entrance to the MB Bike the Drive. If you volunteer at the event you will receive a volunteer t-shirt, pancake breakfast at the festival after your shift 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. Dates to be announced.

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 ten minutes before your assigned time. Check in at your designated volunteer tent; volunteer tents are located at the start, north and south rest stops, and at check-points along Lake Shore Drive. Tell the volunteer manager your name, location of volunteer task, and t-shirt size. 

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 our volunteer coordinator, at mlyons@activetrans.org.

I loved it! Are there other events where I can volunteer?

Yes! We always need volunteers! Check our website to learn about additional volunteering opportunities: www.activetrans.org/volunteer