The Arthritis Society would not be successful without the help of our generous participants, donors and volunteers. Because of you, the Arthritis Society can invest in cutting-edge arthritis research to find a cure. That's why it's so important to get involved in The Walk for Arthritis and fundraise - because when you do, you help millions of Canadians live in a world free from arthritis.
Joining the Walk for Arthritis is easy. All you need to do is pick your location, sign up, and decide how you'd like to be involved. Here are some ways to participate:
Today, more than 6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis - that is 1 in 5. These numbers are only going to increase. There is no cure for this painful disease that reduces mobility and results in the loss of opportunities and enjoyment for those living with its effects every day. When you fundraise for the Walk for Arthritis you are helping achieve the vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.
Arthritis has devastating effects on the lives of the more than 6 million Canadians affected by arthritis. With the help of generous donors, the Arthritis Society invests in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy, and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 9th annual Walk for Arthritis, on Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd.
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).
To register as a volunteer, please click on the below volunteer registration button.
At this time online volunteer registration is not available for walk locations in British Columbia and Ontario. Please email email@example.com if you wish to volunteer at a location in either of these provinces.
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 Floaters will be asked to lend an extra hand in these areas at that time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to learn more about our corporate sponsorship opportunities.