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The parent-volunteer system has long been a cornerstone of the Riley Park Figure Skating Club. As a non-profit organization, our operations, with the exception of professional coaching and a part time administrator, are carried out by volunteers.
The Club sets minimum volunteer hours based on analysis of the needs of the club in order to function successfully. During the 2015-2016 skating year, our volunteers contributed 800 hours of the 920 volunteer hours required. Our Board Members, with the help of a few generous volunteers covered the remaining 120 hours. For 2016/17, we anticipate a similar requirement of 920 volunteer hours. To achieve a more equitable distribution of volunteer hours, we are increased the minimum volunteer hours for the 2016-17 skating year which will remain the same for 2017/18 as shown in the chart below.
Volunteer Fee/Volunteer Opt Out Fee Amount
Minimum volunteer hours/credits
Hours to be completed by
|Fall & Winter 2018||$120||12||March 24, 2018|
|Winter 2018 only||$60||6||March 24, 2018|
Volunteer participation is necessary to ensure our club functions smoothly. While we understand that a few families are unable to commit to volunteer hours, we prefer that all our members share the workload that benefits our skaters. We value your participation, however, in the interest of fairness, volunteer cheques serve as a commitment to assist our club with its functions.
Families who intend to volunteer are required to pre-authorize the payment of the Volunteer Fee but we will delay processing the payment. Upon completion of the required volunteer hours, we will reverse the pre-authorized charge before it is debited from your credit card. If you volunteer and partially complete your required volunteer hours, the full Volunteer Fee will be will be debited from credit card as we do not pro-rate the Volunteer fee.
Families who elect to opt out of volunteering will be required to pay the full Volunteer Opt out Fee upon Check Out when completing your registration and your family will not be required to fulfill volunteer hours.
There are various tasks available throughout the year. Desk duties comprise the majority of the volunteer hours available and are arguably the easiest way to fulfil your volunteer time commitment.
Aside from desk duties, the club also requires a variety of talents and skills to keep the club progressive and successful. Skills in content management systems, word processing, fundraising and grant writing are always an asset to the club. We also require assistance with club clothing, desk coordination, volunteer administration, promotions as well as organizing club events. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are able to contribute a talent or skill that we have not listed.
Volunteer updates and requests for desk shifts coverage are sent out regularly by email and a list of available volunteer opportunities will be updated regularly on the Volunteer Sign Up page in our registration system.
The member(s) that volunteer for desk duties take care of a number of tasks including taking attendance and answering questions. It is also an excellent way to get to know other families involved in the club.
More importantly, desk coverage ensures that we have a member available to assist the coaches in the event of accidents, evacuation or other emergencies.