Our club depends on volunteers. We employ some paid staff, but our volunteers make the club as fun and energetic as it is. If you can bake cookies, shovel snow, plan a meal, drive a snowmobile, point and say “Go that way!”, or stand at the finish line handing out candy, then you can do your part.
- Supporting coaches during training sessions and races
- Coaching kids or adults
- Helping organize races and training camps
- Baking cookies for our famous Cookie Race
- Planning parties and other social events
- Working a casino (we have one every 18 months)
- Serving on the executive board
Volunteering with Foothills is fun. It helps you build friendships with club members young and old, it puts you right in the middle of the excitement of races, and it lets you learn about and support the great sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon. Volunteering helps young people build their resumes, learn teamwork, and feel a sense of achievement. For parents, volunteering offers a chance to get to know their kids’ teammates and coaches, and to participate in – and demonstrate their commitment to – their kids’ activities.
Corporate Community Investment
If your employer has a Community Investment Program, they may donate money to a non-profit organization like Foothills when you volunteer your time for that organization. Ask your HR department if you qualify!
In 2019, the Board voted to implement a minimum volunteer requirement for many of our programs to encourage all members to become active in the operation and success of our club. The requirement is based on a time commitment and administered using a volunteer bond. Members who are unable to contribute their time by volunteering will have to pay the bond at the end of the season. The credit card on file from these members’ registrations will be charged if their volunteer requirement is not fulfilled.
Volunteer Time Commitment and Bond Value
The following table outlines the minimum number of hours required to volunteer for the earmarked programs and the corresponding volunteer bonds if that time is not contributed.
|Program||Volunteer Time Required||Volunteer Bond|
|Bunnies and Adults programs||2 hours||$30|
|Jackrabbits, Marmots, Teen Ski, Biathlon Bears||4 hours||$60|
|Track Attack/Racing Bears||6 hours||$90|
|Cross Country T1||9 hours||$135|
|Biathlon T1||12 hours||$180|
|Cross Country T2, LC, ULLR||12 hours||$180|
|Biathlon T2 and LC||15 hours||$225|
|Cookie Baking – All Families||+2 hours||Required for the Poetic Cookie Monster|
Families who have more than one child in FNSC programs will be expected to contribute volunteer hours based on their child’s program with the highest volunteer time required. For example, the Smith family has three children in FNSC programs – Sally is in JR 3, Byron is in TA and Johnny is in Biathlon T1. The Smith family will be expected to contribute 12 hours of volunteer time based on the Biathlon T1 commitment required. If they only contribute 12 hours, they will still be charged the full bond of $225 at the end of the season.
Volunteer hour requirements will be adjusted/cancelled if races and events are cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Tracking Volunteer Time
For most cases, volunteers will sign up for activities using Volunteer Signup sheet or similar, which will be provided by a designed club member. One (1) credit for each task specified on the sign-up sheet is equivalent to one (1) hour of time. Note that partial credits will also be provided. Information from these sign-up sheets will be used by the Volunteer Director, who will keep track of the time spent by our club members.
The Board suggests that family members personally keep track of their time spent, for their own records. Please refer to your records before asking the Volunteer Director questions about how many hours completed and/or remaining for your family
Earing Volunteer Time
Volunteering for the club is FUN! It’s a great way to meet other club members, learn new skills and make a difference. In any given ski season, there are copious ways to earn volunteer time.
Foothills Nordic thanks you for volunteering! We couldn’t offer the excellent programming we have without volunteers!
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]