Help out at the Fondo and support your local farms and community groups
It is widely known that the success of any endurance sports event can be credited to the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm of its volunteers. In order to truly show our appreciation for the hard work of our volunteers, we've created a competition that will give them a chance to win cash prizes for local farms and charitable organizations of their choosing.
Support for the Volunteer Competition generously comes from participant donations and regional sponsors.
F.A.Q.'s FOR VOLUNTEERS
What exactly will volunteers be expected to do?
Volunteers will be asked to help with tasks such as distributing water bottles, manning cycling course aid stations, assisting with registration, and cheering cyclists at intersections. There will be a volunteer information session a few days before the event to make sure everyone knows what they need to do.
What will volunteers get?
In addition to the chance to compete for the cash donations, all volunteers will receive a Farm to Fork Fondo volunteer t-shirt, a raffle ticket for some great prizes, and snacks throughout the day.
What is a volunteer team?
Volunteer teams are groups of people competing on behalf of specific farms, charitable organizations or community groups. In order for a farm or organization to be included in the competition, at least four people must agree to complete on its behalf. These four or more people would then be considered a team. Teams will be provided color-coded Farm to Fork Fondo t-shirts to set them apart.
What do you mean by compete? How do volunteers compete?
Volunteers compete by making sure each and every cyclist has an awesome day. The more creative, enthusiastic, and fun your team is, the more it will be remembered by the cycling participants. Here's where it gets fun - Costumes, music, and team cheers are all great ways to give your team an edge. At the end of their rides, cyclists will vote for their favorite team of volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Cheat Sheet for some ideas.
Will only one team win?
Absolutely not! All of the competing teams will win some money for their beneficiaries.
What if I don't have a team?
Don't worry, we plan to help organize people. Just submit your name on our Sign Up Page and we'll take it from there.
What do you mean by farms or farm-related charitable organization?
The goal of this competition is to support the vibrant and vital local agriculture in our host communities. Any farm in the area is eligible to benefit from the competition. In addition, charitable organizations and community groups are also eligible. If you are unsure if you group fits the bill, just contact us and we'll let you know.
Do volunteer teams have to be members of their farm or charitable organizations?
No, volunteers only have to compete on BEHALF of an organization. Teams can pick any farm or community organization they feel they would like to support.
I'm only free for a couple of hours on the weekend of the event. Can I still volunteer?
Yes, we will happily accept even small amounts of assistance, but we do need to make sure we have a solid core of volunteers. Therefore, each team must include at least four members that are able to volunteer for a minimum of four hours each. Also, we will only be able to provide team t-shirts to volunteers who can offer four hours of time.
Who has provided the money for this competition and can my business contribute?
Our volunteers are generously supported donations from participants and by sponsors. We would gladly accept support from additional entities. Every penny provided for this competition will end up in the hands of the volunteers' chosen organizations. Please contact us for more information.
What if I still have questions?
Then we will do our best to answer them. Just reach out and ask us!