How BMA Needs You
Lead or Sweep a group ride as a BMA Ride Guide
We have 8 weekly rides for all levels of riders, and need smiling faces to lead and sweep.
Participate in a Trail Building Event
Last year we had 19 Trail Building projects, with over 1766 volunteer hours worked. In 2015 our goal is to double that - Join us!
Help out on a planning committee:
BMA is an all volunteer organization which means we don't just want your help, we need it. Get involved in one of our leadership committees today!
When you work for us, we want to recognize that. Tell us how much you've worked and what you did here:
Note: This is not for Bike patrol, you still log hours in your normal way, just not here.
Ok, we all know that volunteering leads to a nice sense of personal satisfaction, and leads to more trail, which leads to more biking which leads to more personal satisfaction, etc. So volunteering is going to make your life better, we promise.
The Not So Obvious...
When a volunteer logs their hours, the club can use that in many ways.
- We can use that for a value of around $25 for each hour logged as matching funds for any grants we apply for.
- We can tout the number of volunteer hours to political agencies to show how involved and useful we are ,which gives us a bigger voice at the table.
- It helps us track internally how well we're doing at motivating the community to get out and help.
But...Everyone loves to be rewarded, Right?
We assume people won't volunteer just for stuff, but we love to give stuff away anyway to show our appreciation for helping us in a cause we all believe in.
We'll be keeping track of how much you volunteer throughout the year (make sure you log your hours!) and we'll publish those on the web so you have bragging rights. At the annual year end party, we'll have a HUGE table of schwag and the person who volunteers the most gets to choose first. We'll march down the list in order of most volunteered until all the schwag is gone.
When we see somebody going above and beyond in the volunteer realm, we'll give them a shout out on the BMA Facebook group and encourage other members to buy you a beer. I mean hey, free beer!
We're actively working to find more perks, so put any ideas you have for volunteer perks out on the BMA Fackebook group because WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Current Volunteer Needs
We have volunteer roles to fit all types of personalities, interests, time commitments, and experience levels. If you have a talent that you don't see listed here, but would like to help out anyway, get in touch, we can use you.
BMA runs several social rides, including women's rides, novice rides, and "hold on to your helmet 'cause we're booking!" rides. Each of these rides needs people to lead the riders into the trails, and more importantly, smiling faces who sweep the back of the group, and make new riders feel welcome.
|Bike Shop Liaison||
Do you have a favorite bike shop or three? Are you looking for another reason to drop by (besides that shiny new wheelset in the window)? Give BMA a huge hand by occasionally dropping off BMA event flyers and membership forms to your favorite shops.
It turns out that the most valuable trail work volunteer doesn't wield a tool. They bring cookies, hand a thirsty volunteer a bottle of water, and make new volunteers feel right at home. If you like helping other people, or just sitting back and watching others sweat, this role might be calling your name.
|Social Media Liaison|
|Graphic Designer||Want to wear some cool BMA Schwag? We could use folks with a creative eye to design posters, shirts, socks, stickers, you name it!|
|Event Helper Outer||
At each of BMA's events, like our Movie Premieres, the Banquet, and Membership Party, we need a few people to do small tasks -- like taking membership renewals, greeting new members, or handing out raffle tickets. This is a great one-night commitment way to help out big time, while having a good time and meeting new folks.
If you have a good eye and like capturing the passion of trail work or the fun of a BMA party, you can be a big help by lending your skills, taking pictures at BMA events, and uploading the best shots to BMA's photo gallery.
|Trail Builder||Trail work parties are a fun way to experience leaving a sliver of trail that you'll take pride in every time you ride. With experienced Crew Leaders at your side, no experience is necessary. See our calendar or newsletter for upcoming Trail Party dates.|
|Trails Building Food Guru||Do you like to make food for starving, sweat-laden, tool-wielding mountain bikers? Whether your forte is baking cookies or whipping up a casserole that can feed an army, we can use your skills.|
|Trails Food & Fun Committee||There's a reason we call 'em trail work parties. Help make our work days as fun as they are productive by bringing food, arranging a little swag giveaway, or coming up with creative ways to put a smile on volunteers' dusty faces.|
If you find a task not listed here that strikes your fancy, or have an even better idea on how you can help, send us an email.