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frequently asked questions


Q: How do I register as a volunteer?
A: Please register as a volunteer here.

Q: Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
A: Volunteers must be 18 years or older. If you are interested in volunteering but are younger than 18, an adult chaperone must register to volunteer with you for the same shift, location, and position.

Q: What types of jobs do volunteers have?
A: Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including walker registration and check-in, food and beverage distribution, medal distribution, and bus loading. Volunteers are needed at various locations along the 26.2-mile route throughout the day, as well as at Early Check-In the day before the Jimmy Fund Walk. Please be mindful of the duties of the assignments and only sign up for jobs that are within your capabilities.

If you plan to register as a volunteer for Early Check-in, Walker Bib and T-shirt Pick Up, or Pacesetter Bib and T-shirt Pick Up, you should be comfortable using iPad technology, as you may be asked to use an electronic check-in system instead of paper booklets.

Q: Can I choose my job on Walk day?
A: Yes. Please select the opportunity, location, and time that work best for you and fill in basic contact information to register. Positions fill up quickly, so we recommend that you register early!

Q: Can I volunteer for more than one job on Walk day?
A: We ask that you limit your registration to a single shift to ensure that as many volunteers as possible are able to participate in this very popular event.

Q: Can my class, community service club, religious group, etc. volunteer together?
A: Of course! It is important that each group member registers individually in order to receive email reminders and updates about event weekend. Please contact Ellen Smith for more information.

Q: Does the Jimmy Fund Walk have opportunities for cheer squads or performance groups to get involved?
A: Yes! We are actively seeing groups like cheer squads, marching bands, and more! Please contact Ellen Smith for more information.

Q: Are there opportunities for my company/employees to volunteer?
A: Volunteering together is a great teambuilding activity for your company. If your company or team is interested in corporate volunteer opportunities, please visit the Sponsors page.

Q: Where do we go on Walk day?
A: Shortly after you register online, you will receive an email confirmation of your volunteer assignment. Leading up to Walk weekend you will receive additional information regarding your role and what to expect on Walk day from the Walk staff and/or from your volunteer Site Captain. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your assigned shift.

Q: Who can I contact if I am interested in a leadership/Site Captain position?
A: We are always seeking volunteers who are looking to take on the additional responsibility of being a Site Captain, or lead volunteer. Please contact Ellen Smith for more information.

Q: How do we know who to report to?
A: The name of your Site Captain and any other important information will be emailed to you prior to the event.

If you are volunteering at a start location or at the Copley Square Finish Line, please report to the volunteer check-in tent/table where you will receive your T-shirt and be directed to your Site Captain.

If you are volunteering at a Refueling Station or other location, your Site Captain will meet you there and will be wearing a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt.

Q: As a volunteer, am I held to the same fundraising minimum as walkers?
A: The Jimmy Fund Walk encourages volunteers to go the extra mile and fundraise on behalf of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, however, volunteers do not have a fundraising requirement or registration fee.

Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions about volunteering?
A: For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Ellen Smith
Volunteer Coordinator, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
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