Each year as we recruit new volunteers to assist with our events, we host an information night in an effort to answer all of your questions. In light of the recent guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Oregon as a result of COVID-19, we unfortunately are unable to host this event in person this year. We do, however, anticipate a full season of events ahead and want to share information with you.
So what are the next steps?
- Click here for a basic overview of the information that was to be covered at the information night. We also have a lot of information on our website about volunteering, so I recommend taking some time to poke around here.
- We still want to hear from you, please leave a comment below with any lingering questions you might have. The events have a lot of moving parts, so there are no silly questions, just lets us know what’s on your mind.
- If you haven’t done so already, please complete the volunteer application online. By completing the application, you are not officially committing to volunteering, it simply helps me learn more about you, where your interests lie, and which events you are available for.
- Once you have completed the volunteer form, I will contact you via phone to chat about availability then we can decide together what volunteer opportunities will be the best fit.
I’m always available via phone or email if you would rather chat directly, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-287-0405 x103
Hope you can join us this year!
Customer Service and Volunteer Manager
FAQs for New Volunteers
Personal Bikes on the Ride
If you choose to bring your bike on the ride, Cycle Oregon is not responsible if your bike is damaged or stolen during the event. Bikes cannot be transported in the Ops Truck or on SAG vans. Volunteers are not eligible for complimentary Bike Gallery bike fitting or bike repair services; both are reserved for registered riders.
No drinking is permitted while you’re working your volunteer shift. It is also not permitted to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If you go to the beer garden after you’re finished working your volunteer shift, please remove your name tag or anything else that identifies you as a Cycle Oregon volunteer.
It is Cycle Oregon’s policy and goal to maintain a healthy and positive work environment free from harassment and discrimination for all employees and volunteers. While Cycle Oregon may not be obligated under state or federal employment laws to protect its volunteers from harassment and discrimination, it values its volunteers and strives to provide a safe and fun environment for both employees and volunteers.
Pets on the Ride
Please no pets on the event. We all love our pets dearly, but Cycle Oregon is not the place for our furry friends.
Can I just work a couple of days?
We know it’s a lot to ask, but we need a full commitment from all volunteers
Where do I sleep?
On Classic, most volunteers sleep in the volunteer camp. We provide and set up a tent with your name on it at each site (chairs are included too). We try to locate the volunteer camp in a spot slightly away from all the commotion so you can get a good night’s rest.
WEEKENDER is based at a college campus and we provide volunteers with dorm rooms. The dorms generally have shared bathrooms and do not have air conditioning (bring a fan if it’s hot). You need to bring your own bedding and pillow, as well as toiletries and towel.
Most Joyride volunteers arrive the morning of the event and are not lodged. While it is an early morning, the day wraps up around 4 p.m.
For GRAVEL, most folks camp on site with their own gear, there may even be some room for car camping or for you to bring your camper. If you need help providing your own camping gear, let us know.
If your significant other is riding or volunteering, we will assign you to the same tent or dorm. If no one is accompanying you, we may assign you to a dorm with another volunteer, but we would never ask you to share a tent with another volunteer.
Where do I eat?
Meals are provided for volunteers by Cycle Oregon on events. For Classic, GRAVEL, and WEEKENDER, breakfast and dinner are served in camp and volunteers eat along with the riders. For Joyride, we will provide volunteers with breakfast and lunch the day of the event. Sack lunches are provided for all volunteers who have route positions and can be picked up as early as the prior evening. If you have dietary concerns, speak to the volunteer coordinator about arranging supplemental meals and snacks.
Still have a question? I’m sure you’re not the only one, please leave a comment and we’ll respond as soon as possible.