Bike Camp Volunteer - Summer Seasonal

Organization Details
Organization Name: Variety, the Children's Charity
Address: 440a Don Ave
Winnipeg MB  R3L 0S4
Organizational Description: Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba steps in where government, healthcare, school divisions, and other funding sources end to provide proven solutions to enrich the lives of children in Manitoba living with special needs and experiencing economic disadvantage
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 4729
Description of Duties:

What is Variety's Bike Camp?

Variety's Bike Camp teaches individuals living with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle using adapted bike equipment. We understand that the vast majority of people with disabilities never have the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this thrill. Defying these odds is why we exist!

When: July 1st - 5th & July 8 - 12th, 2025.


There are 800 volunteer session times to fill, so please share with your friends and family!

Please plan to attend our 1-hour orientation on June and/or July 7th depending on which week you volunteer at 4:00PM at Transcona East End Arena.

During orientation, you will learn about how the Bike program operates, what to expect each day in your role as a volunteer spotter and you will receive training tips on spotting your assigned rider. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and meet other volunteers in your session.

There is a virtual option if you cannot attend.

Volunteer role:

Spotter: Walk/jog/run alongside a rider as they are learning to ride a bike during a 75-minute session (with short breaks). Ideally, you are asked to attend the same session for all 5 days, so you can work with the same rider each day. You will provide encouragement and physical support, as needed.

We encourage volunteers to commit to attending all 5 days of camp for the session(s) selected. Riders bond with their assigned volunteer(s) and rely on the same person to be there to support them each day of camp. We do understand this is not always a possibility and will welcome volunteers any days they can attend.

Skills Required:

AGE REQUIREMENT: Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
If you are under 15, please contact us for possible opportunities.

Volunteer spotters will walk/jog approximately 3 miles during each 75-minute session Volunteers ideally, are asked to attend the same session for all 5 days, so you can work with the same rider each day.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

Enhance your athletic ability
Meet new people
Grow your ability to Work as a team

Age: 13-15, 16-17, 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Group - small, family and friends
Group - large, corporate and schools
Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
French speaking / Bilingual (French and English)
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Email:
Closing Date: Jul 16, 2024
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