Come join us on Saturday June 1 or Sunday June 2 (depending on where you live). Once you have decided you want to join the arthritis community across Canada to show your support you can do that in a variety of ways: walk and fundraise, donate to a participant, or volunteer! There are more than 6 million Canadians who will benefit in small and large ways from each step you take.
The Arthritis Society is the largest charitable funder of arthritis research and a leading voice for the arthritis community in Canada. We cannot achieve our mission without the generous support of donors and volunteers. Arthritis is already Canada’s leading chronic health condition, affecting more people than cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes - combined! Sadly, there will be significantly more people diagnosed in the next twenty years, which only increases the need for funding to support the arthritis community and to find them relief. Your efforts to fundraise make a considerable difference. As we celebrate our 10th Walk for Arthritis, please help us make it the best year ever by registering and starting your fundraising today!
If you find you are not able to walk - which many people with arthritis find a considerable challenge - there are still ways you can participate in the Walk for Arthritis by making a donation, supporting a person or team that is walking, or by volunteering. Any steps to help us make this a record year are appreciated by the arthritis community.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 10th annual Walk for Arthritis, on either Saturday June 1st or Sunday June 2nd.
Volunteers such as you are an integral part of our Walk for Arthritis team. Your involvement makes a real difference and directly impacts the overall success of the event, which affects our ability to deliver programs and services which benefit 6 million Canadians living with arthritis.
We offer a wide variety of exciting volunteer opportunities for you to choose from. Browse below for a list of volunteer opportunities that may be available at your local Walk for Arthritis.
Passionate ambassadors also have the opportunity to get their ‘Community in Motion’ by hosting their own Walk. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-825-WALK (9255).
Stay tuned for volunteer registration in February.
Walk Committee Volunteers contribute in advance of the event in addition to on event day. With the support of a staff liaison, this group of volunteers is responsible for overseeing different planning aspects of the Walk for Arthritis such as logistical planning for the site, advertising the event and eliciting sponsorship and donations. These volunteers are essential to the success of a walk site. This role is a great fit for volunteers with previous event management experience however, we welcome those with a strong passion for our cause and who are eager to learn to apply.
Check point volunteers will be stationed at rest stations along the Walk for Arthritis route. They will be responsible for monitoring participant health, handing out water and snacks to participants and keeping the area clean and free from obstructions. Check point volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time.
Entertainment volunteers will be responsible for helping with the activities that have been planned to enhance the Walk for Arthritis experience for participants. Positions may include face painting, sampling, crowd control, etc.
Floaters might be asked to do any one of the volunteer positions listed here. Every area of the Walk for Arthritis will be busy so Floaters will be asked to lend an extra hand in these areas at certain times.
Volunteers at the lunch station will be responsible for setting up the station, distributing food, crowd control, and keeping the area clean and free from obstructions. Lunch station volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time.
Parking attendants will be stationed in the parking areas to assist participants with parking. They will direct them to the closest free space, send them to an alternate lot if the lot they are stationed in is full and direct them to the Walk for Arthritis Site once they have parked. Parking attendants must be 18 years of age or older.
Registration volunteers will be responsible for collecting donation forms from participants, verifying donations, ensuring Walk for Arthritis waivers are signed, issuing incentive prizes and attending a training session in advance of Event Day. Registration volunteers will be handling money and must be 18 years of age or older.
Route marshalls will be stationed at key points along the Walk for Arthritis route. They will be responsible for traffic control and directing and encouraging participants.
Set up volunteers will assist with getting the Walk for Arthritis site ready for participants. This may involve an early start time, moving tables/chairs, hanging signs, setting up tents, etc.
Volunteers at the team photo booth will be responsible for taking team photos and recording team information for photo delivery.
Tear down volunteers will assist with event clean up. This may involve moving tables/chairs, packing supplies, taking down signs, picking up garbage, etc.
Cheer at start, finish and throughout the Walk for Arthritis route.
*These positions are the most conducive to having families with young children volunteer
Want to get your company involved in the Walk for Arthritis? We have lots of opportunities to recognize the efforts and support of corporations, local and small businesses and employee groups. Please contact us at email@example.com if you'd like to learn more about our corporate sponsorship opportunities.