Volunteering & Fundraising

VOLUNTEERING

There are many ways to get involved with the Club and, as a volunteer organization; our success depends on the many hours of time parents contribute to the Club. All parents are expected to volunteer at Race Days and for Kitchen and club cabin duty but there are many other opportunities for getting involved. Please refer to the MWSC website or speak with one of the Executive or Volunteer Coordinator to find out ways to get involved or if you have a particular talent or interest that could benefit the Club.  

Volunteer effort is the backbone of our club! Club fees provide one third of the funds required to operate our organization for the season. The expenses include coaching wages, Provincial registration fees, Cabin expenses (Insurance, Hydro, maintenance), office supplies, equipment (Gates, Timing, Radios, Bibs, Drills, etc) to name a few. The remaining funds must be made up through corporate sponsorship, and Volunteer efforts.

*see the MWSC Handbook for all the details 

FUNDRAISING 

70% of the funds necessary to run our club come from fundraising activities and corporate sponsorship. Please pitch in and help us keep costs of our programs down!  Seer the MWSC Handbook for more details on our fundraising efforts.

Bingo: - Is without a doubt the club’s biggest fundraiser.  Through our affiliation with the Valley Charitable Bingo Society we received funds each year from the BC Lottery Corporation.  This is accomplished by attending 4 quarterly sessions at the Valley Bingo Palace.   These sessions are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on selected Thursday nights throughout the ski season.   

Royal LePage Snow to Surf: Each season the Comox Valley plays host to a relay race that takes participants from the top of Mount Washington to the Comox Marina. Our part in this event s very significant, we supply the refreshments! We take out a liquor license and host a dance for all participants on the Saturday night as well as a beer garden at Comox Marina directly after the race.

Bottle collection on Mountain: We have one bottle recycle container located on Mount Washington and these containers must be emptied on a regular basis. Bottles are taken to a secret hideout in Courtenay (Hobson Family farm) and sorted and readied for return there.  

Races on the hill: Our club is well known around the Province for hosting great events and we take great pride in this. Our club plays host to Nancy Greene, K1, K2 and high caliber F.I.S., Para National and NorAm races on a regular basis. The number and variety of races we host each season is set in the spring at the Coast Zone meeting and BC Alpine Spring AGM. When we host an event we are not out to make a buck, our goal is to host great events, take care of our volunteers, have fun and hopefully make a few bucks. Hosting races takes a huge number of volunteers, typically 80 to 100 people a weekend.

MWSC Club Raffle: Each season MWSC secures a large prize(s) to be raffled off by its race clubs. The Club Raffle is a great fundraiser and brings in the much needed $$. We ask that each family sell one book of Raffle tickets per athlete in the program, tickets are distributed through the blue box to each family and your account is charged accordingly, feel free to sell them or keep them for yourself.

Courtenay Ski Swap: The Courtenay Ski Swap is held in November each year and the Ski club works with other organization (Comox Search and Rescue, Disabled, Nordics) to host the event. Our members help with site set up, mark and organize equipment as it is brought into the swap, sell tickets for entry to event and help clean up at events end. This is a great event for our children, especially our competitive level children, to help give back to the club that gives them so much. 

Adult Recreational race series: From time to time a fun recreation race series may be hosted by us. This event also increases the exposure of ski racing and serves as a practice ground for our new race volunteers. This event has a coordinator and needs a dedicated group of course workers and timing crew to make each event successful.

FUNdraising golf tournament: This event is more than a golf tournament/fundraiser; it serves to bring members together for their first social of the year. This event uses approx 8 volunteers many of which whom are our F.I.S athletes. Volunteers are used for a variety of jobs on the day of the event, set up and clean up of eating area, BBQ Cooks, set up of sponsor signage, awards giving etc. We are always looking for hole sponsors.

Ski Van Advertising:  MWSC has a dedicated ski van and we offer advertising to our sponsors.

Thrifty Smile Card Program: Thrifty offers preloaded cash cards and MWSC gets 5% of the gross sales for each $1.00 spent. This is an easy fundraiser if Ski Club members participate. Simply shop at Thrifty Foods and use your smile card for your groceries.

Silent Auction The Silent Auction is an adult-only annual event that is traditionally held on a mid-season Saturday evening. Members are asked to donate items to be auctioned, and to attend the event. The Silent Auction is an excellent opportunity to meet Club members in a social setting and to place winning bids on some great items!

Your Ideas: We are eager to hear your suggestions for fund raising opportunities.