Coast to Coast Volunteers

“Some of my best memories and life highlights have occurred as a volunteer or cyclist with CTC. Making and seeing a difference in families and children’s lives in an incredible feeling.”             Mark Geene

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CTC) believes in a world beyond kids cancer.  We're invested in improving the survival rate and quality of life of children and their families impacted by childhood cancer.  We do this by conducting a series of high quality, memorable, physically challenging, national and regional events that encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.  From cycling events to team-building activities, Coast to Coast raises necessary funding for worthy childhood cancer charities across Canada whose programs support children with cancer, and their families.

CTC has many volunteer opportunities for those wanting to make an difference in the lives of kids with cancer and the families impacted by childhood cancer.  Some roles are needed before events officially kick off and include; shopping and picking up supplies, prepping tucks, attending local fundraisers within the GTA.  Others involve more time and require volunteers to attend events for 3 days or more; truck driving, route support, crew, logistics, concierge and more.  There’s also a few opportunities at the Head Office in Toronto with data entry, general office work and more

Whatever your interests, there’s an opportunity to volunteer at Coast to Coast.  For a more detailed description of roles, visit the relevant Coast to Coast websites:

On the road:

CREW (Logistics)

  • Pre event:  Pick up trucks 3 days before event, various pickups of food and equipment throughout the city, warehouse support
  • Post event:  Return trucks 1-2 days after event, warehouse support
  • Event:  Drive trucks to rest stops deliver and pick up equipment.  Set up home base, lots of heavy lifting involved, late nights and early mornings. 


  • Event:  Sweep vehicles, work with ARES/HAM Radio to ensure safety of all participants.    Long hours, one of the last to return home


  • Event:  Mark routes with signs before riders and volunteers on the route, loop back and pick up signs

LUNCH/REST STOP (works with crew)

  • Event:  Serve food to riders, enforce proper food safety while replenishing and service meals at rest stops.  Some lifting required but there’s plenty of help.


  • Event:  Medics are on call 24hrs to respond to serious accidents and illness. Less pressing medical matters are dealt with during regular waking hours.


  • Event:  Assist riders who need mechanical support


  • Event:  HAM radio support.  Work closely with Organizer, Route Support, medics, mechanics and crew to ensure the save arrival of all participants.  Road safety, work at dangerous/high risk intersections.   One of the last to return home


·       Event:  Cyclists who pay to ride with the added bonus of leading cycling groups


·       Event:  Must be buddied up with driver that in some instances, can also act as route support.  Post photos end of day during dinner and forward to Organizer end of event.


·       Event:  For National Ride only, drive 30ft RV as a support vehicle, cook, do laundry and purchase groceries as required


·       Event:  For Epicure only, drive event morning confirming signs in correct location, pick up signs behind cyclists


·       Event:  For Epicure only, follow cyclists to wineries picking up their purchases, hand out at night

On Site:


  • Event:  Check in riders and volunteers, ensure SWAG is handed out, accept donations, answer general event questions, assign room keys


  • Event:  Highest level of customer service for riders including.  Answer rider questions about weather, route, washrooms etc. For Epicure you’re driving to each rest stop picking up purchases


  • Event:  Set up and maintain store selling clothing & massage tokens.  Ensure finish line is prepped with food, music and cheering squad. 


  • Event:  Qualified RMT’s


·       Event:  Work with Lunch/Rest stop leads and Crew to determine lunch needs.  Ensure Start/Finish is properly replenished with energy food/drinks.


·       Event:  Manage vehicle parking areas and direct vehicles to designated parking areas.

Behind the scenes:


  • Pre Event:  Determine needs for event, source equipment
  • Event:  Set up and tear down all AV equipment, must return equipment after event, work with photographers to post photos nightly.


  • Pre Event:  Source Ambassadors to speak at event, pull together stories for sandwich boards, website, work with camps to gather during lunch stops.


  • Pre Event:  Join bimonthly calls, work on a theme/vision for the event and ensure it’s executed.
  • Event:  Everything from ensuring everyone has fun and are entertained.  Acknowledging top fundraisers, special guests/recognition, camp inspired games, morning ceremonies, evening program

SWAG-pre event and store/registration

·       Pre Event:  Pull together SWAG package including envelopes with zip ties, safety pins, emerg contact list, purchased items etc


·       Pre Event:  Help keep warehouse in order, restock supplies as needed, load trucks for events with banners, totes, road signs, bike racks and more


·       Non Event:  Work with Donation Manager enter donations, answer phone, file documents, pull reports, prep binders for events