Volunteer with the Colon Cancer Coalition

Do you want to raise awareness, screening rates, and understanding of colon cancer in your community? Volunteering with the Colon Cancer Coalition is a great way to make a positive impact. You can volunteer in whatever way is right for you. At a Get Your Rear in Gear event, by joining the board or committee, assisting our staff with projects, or any number of ways.

Complete the Volunteer Interest Application below (click to open it) to get started.

Not sure how to get involved? Let us know your passions and we’ll help you find the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Volunteer Interest Application

  • Select as many as applicable
  • There is no wrong answer! We want to be respectful of your time and your talents.
  • Please share a little bit about yourself. If you have a connection to colorectal cancer, etc. We just want to get to know you.
  • These can be professional skills, a hobby, or just being a hard worker and good helper. Tell us how you want to help. Are you a photographer? Social media expert? Can you deliver marketing flyers for a Get Your Rear in Gear or work on event day? Do you have bookkeeping or database knowledge? Anything else? Let us know. We won't hold you to it, just want to be sure we use your skills in the best way possible. You don't have to answer this question, but it will help us find a volunteer role that you will enjoy.

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Click your question below:

Q. How do I sign up?

A.  Complete the application above and someone will contact you.

Q. What kinds of volunteers do you need?

A.  We are always looking for event planning, photographers, event day help, pre-event marketing and social media assistance, general office support (must be located in the Twin Cities, MN), and writing, and more.

Q. What kinds of things can I do as a race day volunteer?

A. You can set-up the race course and venue, register participants, hand out T-shirts, work the food tent and water station, keep runners on track and cheer them on as race course monitors, and more!

Q. Can I volunteer with a friend, group, or co-workers?

A. Yes. We welcome all groups to participate. Friends, local shops, corporations, school groups, sororities/fraternities, Rotary and Lions clubs, track teams, and running clubs have all volunteered at our events and added loads of fun and spirit. Just let the Local Event Director know the approximate size of your group before race day.

Q. What's the time commitment for race day volunteers?

A: Race day volunteers check-in about 2 hours ahead of the race start time, and wrap-up shortly after the post-race awards presentation. Exact time commitments will vary based on your assigned task, etc.

Q. What do I need to bring?

A. Just bring your enthusiasm (and comfortable shoes).

Q. Can I receive credit for my school’s community service program?

A. Yes, bring your school document for sign-off following the race.

Q. Are there any requirements to volunteer?

A. Yes. We ask that kids under 14 volunteer with a parent or supervising adult.

Q. Can my company volunteer?

A. Yes. Lots of companies actively support employee volunteerism through community outreach, employee volunteer matching funds programs, as well as corporate teams. Complete the application above and include your company name in the “skills” field. We’ll contact you to arrange the details.

Plus, present our  corporate sponsorship options to your company today!

Q. Can I stop by and volunteer on race day?

A. Yes. As the event unfolds, we may need help handing out medals or cheering on participants. Just stop by the Volunteer Check-in or Information Booth.

Q. Can I volunteer before race day?

A. Yes. Ask about helping at packet pick-up in the days leading up to the race. You can also help publicize the event (see below). And we welcome involvement with community outreach, survivorship, event sponsorships, as well as your suggestions. Just mention your interest and availability in the volunteer application above.

Q. How can I volunteer and help publicize the race?

A. We’d love your help. Whether it’s five minutes or a few hours, here’s what you can do:

  • Announce it on your Facebook and Twitter page
  • Post it to your favorite blog, online community, and running club calendars
  • Email event details and tell your story to your neighborhood, association, and company newsletters
  • Drop off brochures at work, school, and neighborhood shops (contact the Local Event Director to coordinate event brochure pick-up)
  • Blog, or write an article for your neighborhood, community, or school paper
  • Post pictures and videos live from the event to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Share your story with us for our blog

Q. Can I volunteer to help with media relations?

A. Yes, there’s lots of opportunity for media pros who want to make a difference, as well as PR, Advertising, Communications, Journalism, and Marketing students. Running media relations for a local Get Your Rear in Gear or other Colon Cancer Coalition event is also a great opportunity for anyone rejoining the workforce  to gain hands-on experience writing press releases and pitching stories the media. Complete the application above and indicate this in the “special skills” section.

Q. How can I get involved as a vendor or sponsor?

A. We’d love to hear from you. Please contact the Local Event Director for the city event where you’d like to participate, or complete the volunteer application above and we’ll be in touch.

Q. Do you need help organizing the race?

A. All events are run 100% by volunteers. In each community, a committee of passionate people plans, publicizes, and runs our events. If you have special skills that would benefit the committee, or a passion for the cause, please complete the volunteer application above and indicate your interest, or contact our National Event Manager to see how your skills can be best put to use.