The Ride for Missing Children, and the mission of the NCMEC/NY office does not happen without the efforts of countless volunteers.
Participation opportunities abound both on the day of The Ride, and throughout the year. Day-of-the-Ride volunteers provide logistical support to Riders all along the route, and in particular at school rest stops. While the Riders are the most visible part of the Ride, volunteers are equal members of the team.
Want to Volunteer? First, evaluate your availability and time constraints.
Food and Beverage Service
We are a traveling restaurant! We serve coffee first thing in the morning at the Opening Ceremony, then have snack and drink stops along the way. At all of these stops, we arrive before the Riders to set up, and be ready for their arrival. We serve them, and then tear down quickly and head to our next stop to do it again.
Rider Gear Bags
It is a long day and the weather can be unpredictable. Riders each bring along a gear bag (limited to 20 lbs.) to accommodate for this with different layers of clothing, sunscreen, etc. They can’t take these items with them on their bike so they are loaded into a gear truck which gets unloaded and reloaded by our volunteers at each stop. If you have a strong back and are organized, this is a great job for you.
You will help direct the Riders, other Volunteers, Families on where to go, what to do, where the bathrooms are, etc. You’ll have coffee ready and be a calming point of reference to get our day started in an organized manner.
Full Stop Location Guides
This group’s job is to direct the incoming and outgoing Riders at each full stop we have. They coordinate the Rider’s arrival and departure to maximize space and time efficiency at each stop. Rider’s need as much time as they can to eat, use the restroom and interact with the kids, so this job is very important.
Besides those pedaling, we are a caravan of many official vehicles along the ride route. We need volunteers that are patient people with a good sense of direction to help transport gear, provisions and people. Our vehicles do not require a special license.
This is the perfect job for those who want to help and are not available for the entire day. As we end our Ride, these volunteers have been organizing and setting up for our arrival. They also help with food service and break down.
To inquire about volunteering, please contact your local office.