Monday, March 22, 2010

Be A Race for the Cure Volunteer!

The 2010 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is just over a month away and for the 2nd year in a row, it's being held at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. The race is growing larger each year, which means more volunteers are needed to make the race a success. Last year it took 500 volunteers to make the race possible. There are a multitude of opportunities on race day as well as ongoing and set up opportunities that will not affect participation in the race.

Here is a list of volunteer opportunities:

Ongoing Registration (Rogers location)

The Rogers registration office is located at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Registration volunteers with assist with light clerical duties and T-shirt folding as needed. There are shift blocks of 2-3 hours on the following dates: March 25 - April 3, April 8 - 9, and April 12 - 23. Volunteers will be shown how to assist prior to their 1st shift.

Friday April 23rd

Banner Hanging

This is on site at Pinnacle Hills Promenade. The ability to climb a ladder is required. This will start at 12pm and finish at 8pm, 4 hr shifts are also available from 12pm - 4pm and 4pm - 8pm.

Set Up

Volunteers will assist with setting up barricades, ropes, signs, tents and other items as needed along the course route as well as within the Promenade at various locations. This will start at 1 pm and finish at 5pm, with additional shift beginning at 5 pm and finishing at 11 pm. The ability to lift and move 50 pounds is required.

Race Day Saturday April 24th

All Race Day volunteers will be given a T-shirt and a light breakfast will be served. All times are estimates and will be finalized soon.

Course Volunteers

Volunteers will assist with final set up of the race course prior to the event and stay through the main event to cheer on the runners and assist with drink and recycling stations along the course. Large groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will start at 6-6:30 am and will finish around 10:30pm.

Kids for the Cure

Volunteers will work with children and their parents at the Kids for the Cure course assisting with set up, running the child-focused event and giving out recognition to the participants. This will start at 6-6:30 am and will finish around 10:30am.

Police Assistance

Volunteers will assist the Rogers Police department with street blockades and directing race participants around the closed streets. Individuals with the ability to clearly communicate and project authority are preferred. This will start at 5-5:30am and finish around 10:30am.

Volunteer Assistance

Volunteers will assist with check in and T-shirt distribution at the volunteer check in location. This will begin 4:30-5:00 am and be finished by an estimated 10:30-12:00 am.

Registration Assistance

Volunteers will work with the Komen staff to distribute the racer numbers (bibs) to race participants. This will begin at 6:00 am and will be finished by an estimated 9:00 am.

Parking Assistance

Volunteers will help direct race participants and other volunteers from parking lots to the race and check-in locations. Groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will start 5:30-6:00 am and be finished by an estimated 10:30 am.

Race Start Line

Volunteers will help organize racers for the official start of the race. Primary duties will include lining participants up for the race and coordinating with the Komen staff to ensure an exciting and organized start to the race. Groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will begin at 6:30 am and finish about 10:30 am.

Race Finish Line

Volunteers will help cheer on racers at the finish line of the course and direct them to drink stations nearby as needed while ensuring racers have a rewarding and enthusiastic end to their race. Groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will begin at 6:30 am and finish about 10:30 am.

Clean Up

Volunteers will assist with tear down and recycling and trash removal from the race course and Promenade venue following the main event. Large groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will begin about 10:00-10:30 am and will be finished about 2 pm.

Please join us in making the 2010 Race for the Cure the biggest and best in Northwest Arkansas by contacting Karen Dineen at or by calling her at 479.619.7129 to volunteer or for any questions.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Staff Changes at the Chamber

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's been a while since our last blog post, but we are back and ready to go! I'll be taking over the reins for the Chamber blog. I'm learning my way around the office (I still get lost upstairs), but hope to be on a blogging schedule soon! I wanted to start by introducing myself. My name is Jennifer Haile and I am the newest team member of the Chamber. As the Director of Marketing and Communications, I will be in charge of the weekly email, newsletter and member communications. Before joining the Chamber, I worked for 40/29 News as Sunrise Anchor and Reporter for 6 years. I am so excited to be a part of the Chamber and look forward to getting to know all of you!

I also wanted to pass along some great news for a couple staff members. A big congratulations goes out to Dana Mather. Dana was promoted to Senior Vice President. She's been with the Chamber for 10 years and previously served as the Vice President of Community Development & Communication.

Megan Cuddy also received a promotion. She is expanding her role at the Chamber and is now the Vice President of Community Development. Megan has been with the Chamber for almost 5 years. She will continue to serve the community as the Director of Drug Free Rogers-Lowell as well.

Again, congrats to Dana and Megan!