|“As this was my third year volunteering and my first year as a crew leader, saying that my experience again was incredible would be an understatement. It is such a pleasure working with folks with so much enthusiasm and caring. I am proud to be associated with such an outstanding organization and I look forward to the coming years.”
Third Year Volunteer
Volunteer Check In
We suggest that you arrive 20 minutes early to allow yourself time to check in at volunteer registration before your shift begins. During the check-in process, you will receive a volunteer identification bracelet, a volunteer t-shirt, and a nametag. Please note that if you are volunteering at more than one site, you must check in at each site you are working, but you will only receive a t-shirt and nametag at your first site.
The PMC uses a comprehensive ID bracelet that must be worn on your wrist at all times during the weekend. The bracelet you receive is site-specific. If you are working at more than one site, you must register at each site to receive the proper identification bracelet. YOU MUST DISPLAY A PHOTO ID OR LICENSE AT REGISTRATION TO RECEIVE YOUR ID BRACELET.
Information on the bracelet includes: your name, your first volunteer site, crew and position, your eGift number, allergies, emergency contact with phone number, and whether or not you are of legal drinking age. The ID bracelet is also your meal ticket that entitles you to eat at your volunteer site. Please note that the food available for volunteers at most waterstops is the same as what is provided for the riders. If you have special dietary needs, please bring your own food and beverages.
ONLY REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS MAY WEAR PMC ID BRACELETS. Consider the impact of an emergency phone call to a medical professional or significant other where the information being transmitted is false or inaccurate! We need everyone’s cooperation to manage safety, quality control and expectations.
|Once you have checked in with volunteer registration, you will be given a rendezvous point where you will meet your crew leaders and other members of your team. In some cases, groups of volunteers will meet with their crew leader or team members at a designated meeting point. In other cases, members of the volunteer registration team help you connect with your crew.
Meeting Your Crew Leader
Most leaders start the day by giving an orientation to their volunteer crew. This meeting typically includes an overview of the site and responsibilities that must be fulfilled. Crew leaders may choose to assign specific responsibilities to crew members, while others will keep crew positions more general. If you are unsure of what you should be doing and cannot locate your crew leader, please ask an alumni volunteer. Please be flexible and willing to assist where you are needed. Also recognize that if you arrive late, your crew leader may not have time to give you an overview of the day. If this is the case, please do your best to pitch in and ask questions of fellow volunteers. Those who have attended a volunteer orientation will find they are better prepared to volunteer on the weekend and can answer questions for riders and fellow volunteers.
PMC volunteers provide their own transportation and accommodations for the weekend. One of the reasons the PMC is able to contribute such a high percentage of funds raised directly to the Jimmy Fund is because our volunteers are willing to take responsibility for their own transportation and accommodations. Only in a few very specific cases will the PMC lodge volunteers.
Volunteer parking is limited at hub sites. The PMC recommends carpooling to maximize parking efficiency. Access your volunteer site web page through your MyPMC page and use the ride board to organize carpooling.