We have found that it is harder for volunteers to offer their services if they don't know how they can best be used. So GORC HQ has developed a Volunteer Wishlist - areas where we could use some (or a lot!) of help. There are roles to fit all types of personalities, time commitments, and experience levels. Find something in the list below that strikes you or if have an even better idea on how you can help, contact us.
Social roles are geared to people who love to have fun and enjoy sharing their love of mountain biking with other people.
Happy Hour: A few in GORC have expressed interest in a First Monday or Last Friday happy hour during the week or on a Friday - we want to keep the weekends open for our trail building events and social rides. Would you like to help make this social event a quarterly or monthly thing? Jump on board.
Bike Shop Liaison: Do you have a favorite bike shop or three? Are you looking for another reason to drop by (besides that shiny new wheelset in the window)? Give GORC a public relations hand by occasionally dropping off GORC event flyers and membership forms to your favorite shops.
GORC Mobile: Do you know how to develop applications for smart phones? It would be cool to report trail conditions from the trail or get maps.
General Photographer: If you have a good eye and like capturing the passion of trail work or the fun of a GORC social outing, you can be a big help by lending your skills, taking pictures at events, and uploading the best shots to GORC's Flickr account.
Content Contributor: We're looking for folks who can write content for the website. There are a variety of topics but event recaps are always in need! Leaving a legacy means publishing a recap of an event that others can read years from now.
Social Ride Leaders & Helpers: GORC runs several social rides. Each of these rides needs people to lead the riders into the trails, and more importantly, smiling faces who sweep the back of the group, and make new riders feel welcome.
Physical trail building roles are geared for people who enjoy working in the woods turning a line of flags into fresh new trail.
Trail Building Event Volunteers: Trail building events are a fun way to experience leaving your mark on a section of trail that you'll take pride in every time you ride. With experienced Crew Leaders at your side, no experience is necessary.
Tool Sharpeners: Do you have a grinder you've been dying to use? We'll we've got some tools that need sharpening. Nothing makes a trail work day go faster than sharp tools. You can work out of your garage on your own schedule, and know that you're making it easier to put trail on the ground.
Trail Steward: This role is a critical link between the public, GORC, and the land manager. We are currently seeking a trail steward for Spanish Lake Park in North St. Louis County.
Trail Peer Reviewers: You may not be a trail guru but this is a great way to dig in and learn good contour trail design. After an initial flagging, trail peer reviewers take a second look and see if the trail could be made even better or fits the intended framework of the park.
Grant Writers: We need people to keep on top of Grant sources by scanning the internet for Grant opportunities for bicycle or trail related projects.
Ozark Trail Outreach: We are partnered with the Ozark Trail Association and are the Adopt-A-Trail coordinator for the Eastern half of the Berryman trail. We could use people on the ground to help with maintenance outings on the Berryman and attend some OTA events on behalf of GORC.
Uniform trail kiosks in all St. Louis County parks that are maintained by GORC. These kiosks would show the trail intersections in detail, offer information about the club and other bits of information about the park or trail. Note the Great River Greenways kiosk/signage as an example.
Ditch Witch Articulating Blade Attachment: Purchased in 2015 from club donations!!!!! Thank you everyone!!
GPS Track List of all park Trails: Available on the GORC website, these tracks would be ridden in the most popular fashion and/or used to create 'epic' rides that riders can follow and recreate.
Covered Tool Trailer: We have a need to store and protect our tools in a vinyl-wrapped tool trailer that would be branded and visually catch the eye of the general public.
Mechanized Tools: This includes semi-pro grade leaf blowers and chain saws.
Landscaping Products: We sometimes need Geo-Grid, gravel, stones and other landscaping materials for our trail building projects.