United Way took an active role in recruiting and organizing volunteers for RAGBRAI’s stop in Cedar Rapids on July 26 and 27, 2012.
In all, 700 community members filled 900 shifts and volunteered 2,000 hours! The independent sector values those hours at $43,580!
Volunteers helped with everything from sign removal, staffing information booths to giving riders direction.
“This event was another indicator of how great this community is,” said Sue Driscoll, United Way’s volunteer manager. “We hope everyone stays involved and continues to volunteer. You can find volunteer opportunities at UnitedWayofEastCentralIowa.org/VolunteerNow.”
Related coverage from The Gazette: Volunteers get ready for RAGBRAI
Before the event, the United Way team produced the video below in an attempt to find volunteers. The video was shown on the local RAGBRAI website as well as on HooplaNow.com.
United Way also offered tips for volunteers:
- Arrive 30 minutes early to check-in. Please plan ahead
- Some water is available at the Volunteer Check-in. No meals will be provided, so plan accordingly.
- Do not bring valuables
- Wear sunscreen
- Drink lots of water
- Wear your orange volunteer t-shirt (or red if you are volunteering for breakfast)
- The volunteer lanyard has a map and emergency phone numbers
- Communicate with your project lead
- Check out with your project lead at the end of your shift (keep lanyard)
- If you are volunteering at multiple sites you must check in at each site before starting your shift.
Hosting RAGBRAI Riders
Many different opportunities existed to volunteer. Here’s one example.
Duane and Kim Frett are two Marion residents who will play a very important role in RAGBRAI 2012. The Fretts have volunteered to host a group of cyclists overnight as they pass through Cedar Rapids. But this isn’t the Fretts’ first rodeo. Duane and Kim also hosted a round of bikers several years ago. “We had two groups,” said Kim, “one from Vegas and one from Iowa.”
United Way Staff Volunteered
The United Way team volunteered, too, during the two days.
This below is a picture of the July 26, 2012, crew.