Become a Volunteer!

Want to help but don't want to run?


You don’t need to be a runner to be part of Run For H2O; we still need your help!

Got questions? Contact the Run For H2O Volunteer team at volunteer@runforh2o.ca.

Volunteers will have a commitment of attending a Volunteer Orientation in the week leading up to the Run for H20 (dates and times TBD) as well as being available for about 8 hours on event day. 


We look forward to having you on the team!

Do you want to help make an impact in the lives of people in Chixocol, Guatemala?
  1. Prepare to arrive on time for your scheduled shift wearing your Volunteer T-Shirt.
  2. When you arrive, check-in at the Volunteer Booth (located west of the gazebo, indicated with a sign), then proceed to your stationed area. Your Volunteer Captain will give you all of the equipment and instructions needed for your volunteer role — be sure to ask any questions you might have. If you have an off-site role (like Route Marshal or Route Biker), you'll be given a cell-phone contact list should you need anything during your shift.

  3. There will be food available for the volunteers.

  4. If you have volunteer hour sheets that need to be signed, come to the Volunteer Booth at the end of the event.

FAQs - Volunteer

Do I need to have previous experience to volunteer at Run For H2O?

Not at all! The majority of the volunteer positions available do not require any previous volunteer experience. For some select volunteer positions, we do prefer those with more experience in addressing issues with participants and supporters, if it arises.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

If you are not of legal age (18+) and would like to volunteer, we would still love to have you! You must be 13 years old to volunteer with us, although in some cases, we do allow younger volunteers to serve, accompanied by a parent at all times. All youth volunteers need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

How do I sign up for a volunteer shift?

Fill out the volunteer registration form below!

Can I volunteer with a friend or group?

Yes! On the registration form, there is a space you can fill in if there is a particular person or group you'd like to volunteer with.

Can I earn volunteer hours for my high school by volunteering?

Yes — contact the Volunteer Team if you have a form they need to complete.

How do I make changes to my volunteer application?

Email us at volunteer@runforh2o.ca if you need to make edits to the information you provided during registration.

I’ve registered to volunteer, but haven't heard back from anyone…what do I do?

Contact us at volunteer@runforh2o.ca — and be sure to check your email's junk/spam folder first to see if the email got caught in a filter.

Can I bring my pet with me when I volunteer?

Although we love pets, we would ask them to sit this one out. There will be children and adults who might be nervous around dogs and we want to make sure every participant can feel comfortable at Run For H2O. The exception to the rule would be service dogs.

Is there a coat or bag check for me to leave my personal belongings?

Yes, however we advise you to leave expensive valuables at home. We will not be liable for any lost or damaged belongings.

Roles Overview

Set Up Crew

Time commitment: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Responsibilities:

  • Assist with set-up of the event including:
  • Setting up registration booth
  • Set up food for the runners and participants, etc
  • Assist with race route mapping

Clean Up Crew

Time Commitment: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Responsibilities:

  • Help with tear down of equipment and making sure area is clear
  • Ensure the area is clean and the ground clear of any garbage from the Run
  • Take down any nearby signage pertaining to Run For H2O

Parking and Traffic Controller

Time Commitment: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Responsibilities:

  • Direct participants and attendees on where to park
  • Give direction or suggestions to other places to park
  • Offer directions to Riverfront Park

Food Station

Time Commitment: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Responsibilities:

  • Set-up of the tables and equipment as required
  • Safely handle food (already prepared) and provide to the runners and participants
  • Ensure the water area is tidy and clean
  • Ensure all recycled items are in the appropriate bin

Route Marshal

Time commitment: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Responsibilities:

  • Be a friendly, helpful ambassador of Run For H2O to the public
  • Full knowledge of the race routes
  • Direct runners to stay on route by directing them at turns
  • Keep runners safe by being a visible beacon to vehicles when they see increase of foot traffic
  • Encourage and cheer on runners as they pass by!

Route Biker

Time Commitment: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Responsibilities:

  • Follow behind the racers and notify route marshals when the last runner has passed by
  • Be aware of the race routes
  • Able to bring own bike

Water Station

Time Commitment: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Responsibilities:

  • Set-up water stations
  • Provide water to runners and participants as they pass by
  • Encourage and cheer on the runners
  • Take down of water stations after the run

Info / Registration / Bag Check

Time Commitment: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Responsibilities:

  • Distribute remaining run packages to runners
  • Provide answers to questions or direct questions to appropriate people
  • Input day-off registration and raised funds
  • Manage Bag Check tags

Cheer Squad

Time Commitment: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Responsibilities:

  • Cheer on the runners at key points of the race.
  • Be loud and smiley!


Volunteer registration

For event questions, sponsorship info or partnership opportunities:

HOPE International Development Agency
214 Sixth Street, New Westminster
British Columbia, Canada V3L 3A2
Local: 604-525-5481 
Toll Free: 1-866-525-HOPE (4673)
Fax: 604-525-3471
E-mail: hope@hope-international.com

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