Ride Don’t Hide Committee Volunteers

Ride Don’t Hide Committee Volunteers 

Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted, nationally, by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds to support mental health programs in our community.

The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from the beginner rider to the advanced cyclist. 2018 marks the 5th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event for CMHA – Calgary, the only ride in Alberta. Our goal in 2018 is to have 550 cyclists, raising over $175,000.

Where: Springbank Park for All Seasons  – 32224A Springbank Road, Calgary, AB

When: June 24th, 2018

We are currently recruiting people to sit on our Ride Don’t Hide Steering Committee. The Ride Don’t Hide Steering Committee ensures the development of an engaging, safe and community bike ride event suitable for all Calgarians. The goal of Ride Don’t Hide is to initiate dialogue in the community, reduce stigma and promote mental wellness through a public event that openly discusses mental health in a safe and fun environment. The goal is to also increase CMHA – Calgary’s profile in the community and raise funds for our vital programs and services.

 Committee Roles and Responsibilities

 In close coordination with CMHA – Calgary Staff, the Ride Don’t Hide Steering Committee will:

  1. Provide guidance, assistance and consultation on the overall event and related details.
  2. Represent CMHA – Calgary and Ride Don’t Hide with a positive public profile: promote the event and encourage potential participants to become involved by registering, fundraising and/or volunteering; share personal network and contacts where comfortable and as appropriate to increase community awareness and support; represent the mission and purpose of Ride Don’t Hide by utilizing appropriate and key messaging (with support from Communications as needed).
  3. Meet on a regular basis to discuss updates and provide support (meetings may increase in frequency closer to event date). Tentative meeting schedule: monthly meetings beginning in January (the 1st Wednesday of the month at noon at CMHA’s main office); early May – Mid-June: meeting every 2 weeks (total of 3-4)

Roles Available:

Rider Kit Lead:

  • Coordinates package materials for all participants including: Sourcing gift-in-kind donations (e.g. lip balms, gum, etc.) with assistance from the committee and network;
  • Assists in sourcing a bag to use for the kit (ideally a drawstring gym bag).
  • Coordinates support from the committee to ensure the assembly of rider kits in time for pre-event package pickup.
  • Works to schedule and coordinate pre-event package pickup with community supporters and locations, including scheduling volunteers to provide assistance.
  • On event-day, supports riders who may not have picked up their kits ahead of time and ensures they receive them.

Start/Finish Line Lead:

  • Helps to coordinate the logistics for the start of the race including the flags for the “chute”, recommendations for preamble content, horn to mark the start, warmup if required, etc.
  • Coordinates celebration of riders crossing the finish line (e.g. finish line arch, volunteers along the finish line to cheer participants across, sourcing noisemakers, etc.)
  • Helps to coordinate and source music/a playlist for the start of the event, as well as for the finish line.

Barbeque Lunch Lead:

  • Leads the coordination of the barbeque lunch for participants and volunteers.
  • Works with committee members to source all materials required for the barbeque (including food, plastic cutlery, BBQ tongs, aprons, etc.).
  • Ensures that required items (including food that needs to be refrigerated) is transported to SPFAS and stored appropriately ahead of event day.
  • Coordinates volunteers on event day to help serve a delicious lunch to participants, volunteers and other community members on event day.
  • Pick-up and return BBQ (requires vehicle with hitch)

Vendor Lead:

  • Assists in creative brainstorming and research for vendors to attend the event with interactive booths including food trucks, massage therapists, cycling clubs, spin studios etc. to create an interactive, festival-like atmosphere.
  • Assists in the arrangement, coordination and negotiations with each organization

Kickoff Event Lead:

  • Leads the coordination of the official Ride Don’t Hide kickoff event held in April/May, energizing participants and building community spirit.
  • Coordinates volunteers to help with setup, answering questions as needed, etc. on kickoff day.

*Please note, we are always looking for people to assist and help. There are additional roles and responsibilities we could use assistance in. Please inquire for more information.*

Apply

CMHA – Calgary Region is committed to connecting volunteers with the right position for themselves and the organization. Thank you again for your interest in CMHA – Calgary Region. Click here to complete our Volunteer Application form.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (403) 297-1713 or email hr@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

Reach out for help

Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for more information at (403) 297-1700 or email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.