Volunteer - How can i help?
There are many ways you can volunteer. One of the biggest ways is to lend a hand on trail work days or assist with events.
How do I start?
The easiest way is to sign up to become a member. That will put you on our email list, and friend us on Facebook to stay in contact with everyone and get notices of events and trail days.
What can I do?
What are you good at and what do you like to do that will benefit the group? Do you like to dig in the dirt or would you rather put on an event?
There are committee chairs who lead committees or different groups within the club that do certain tasks. Contact that person via email. Or if you live near a certain trail, contact that trail leader via email and let them know you want to help.
How do I find out about trail days?
The Trail Stewards send a request for volunteers which then blasts all the email addresses in the database: you’re notified. Sometimes the trail stewards will ask for a specific amount of people to do a certain task and will request that you email him or her back to confirm your participation. It’s important to be there in that instance because you’re being counted on for a particular roll. At other times they will just list what needs to be done, where to meet, what to bring and how long you’ll be on the trail.
What if I don’t have any tools?
CITA has a plethora of tools that can be utilized.
How long do trail days last?
We all have busy lives and family just like you! We don’t want to be out there laboring all day. We try to keep it to 3 hours. If things get done sooner there may even be a ride afterwards.
What should I wear?
Depending on your duty, consideration should be made about wearing pants vs shorts, long sleeves vs short sleeves. Always wear appropriate footwear and eye protection. A hydration pack is recommended for proper hydration and to keep your hands free while you work.
What if I’m out riding and come across a problem area on the trail?
If you can move a branch or fill a hole, great! We are trail advocates every time we are on the trail. But if the situation requires more than you can handle alone, get in touch with the Trail Steward via email. NEVER cut down logs or create your own re-routes. Always contact the Trail Steward. We have to abide by IMBA codes and if we fail, we are liable.
Other Ways to Help
Aside from trail work, there are other ways to contribute to the group.
Trail Crew – help build and maintain trails
Committee Member – join one of our committees.
Marketing – help get the word out
Social – help with events
Finance – help fund raising
Trail Crew – help work on trails
Membership – help keep track of members
Communications – send out eblasts, update social sites and website
Grant Writer – write grants to apply for funding