About Volunteering for AIDS Ride Wisconsin


AIDS Ride Wisconsin is a fully supported 3-day bike ride that raises unrestricted funds for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW). We call our volunteers “crew members.” Our all-volunteer crew is the backbone and lifeblood of the ride. For 3 days, these folks give their time, energy, and hearts — waking up early, going to sleep late, and providing the workforce needed to execute this event. This includes, but is not limited to: setting up and breaking down camp and pit stops, serving meals, pouring water, making Gatorade, picking up trash, parking bicycles, fixing bicycles, picking up exhausted riders, wrapping sore knees, giving massages, leading cheers, giving directions, hanging signs, marking the route, and just about anything else you can think of! Our Crew Rocks!

There are two levels of crew commitment; “3-Day Crew” and “1-Day Crew”.

3-Day Crew members volunteer their time on all three days of AIDS Ride Wisconsin. In most cases they sleep, eat, and stay at camp with the riders. Note: Unless agreed upon in advance, 3-Day Crew members must be available from 6:00 AM on the Friday of the ride through 5:00 PM on the Sunday of the ride.

Camp Crews

Route Crews

Specialty Crews

1-Day Crew members volunteer their time for an entire day or a few hours. 

Traffic Assistance (Moto): Assist riders in crossing and navigating busy intersections and highways. Depending on where the Crew member is stationed, they could potentially be in a remote area for an extended period of time. We recommend bring a chair, umbrella (to protect from sun or rain), sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottle. The Sweep Crew will provide ice and water as they pass.

U-Pits: U-Pits are stops along the route that are typically at parks or gas station parking lots. These stops offer riders a chance to rest, hydrate, use the restroom, and socialize. These 1-Day Crew Members fill water bottles, hand out snacks, provide music, and create fun and enjoyable atmosphere. U-Pits are ideal for small employee volunteer groups or church groups.

Water Stops: Water Stops are stops along the route that are typically on the side of the road and offer riders a chance to refill their water bottles. In most cases Water Stops do not offer restroom facilities. Depending on where the Crew member is stationed, they could potentially be in a remote area for an extended period of time. We recommend bringing a chair, umbrella (to protect from sun or rain), sunscreen, and bug spray.

Opening Ceremonies: Assist with the setup and teardown of Opening Ceremonies. Must be able to lift 50 to 75+ lbs. and be available from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM on the Friday, July 28.

Closing Ceremonies: Assist with the setup and teardown of Closing Ceremonies. Must be able to lift 50 to 75+ lbs. Must be available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the Sunday, July 30.

If you are interested in joining the AIDS Ride Wisconsin Crew, contact Carrie Sweet at carrie.sweet@arcw.org or 608.316.8619