University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Red Flint Firecracker Volunteering

15 hours

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Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer CORBA is hosting its 18th annual Red Flint Firecracker MTB Races and Trail Run this weekend in June. We are a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide the highest-quality trails and promote and provide fun, rewarding and accessible outdoor recreational opportunities for ALL trail users.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer CORBA is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting multi-use trails, mountain biking and other trail-based activities in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley. This includes but is not limited to trail systems in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, and Barron Counties. The specific objectives and purposes of CORBA shall be: To partner with local land managers to assist in developing, maintaining and promoting single track multi-use trails. To use, teach, and promote sustainable and responsible trail building and trail use methods. To provide opportunities for participants to engage in mountain biking, trail running, and other trail-based activities. To sponsor, host, and/or participate in events and activities that promote mountain biking and other single track trail-based sports.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer For some volunteer slots, the ability to lift 50lbs may be required. Being comfortable on your feet for a few hours (course marshals) is also relevant. Aid station volunteers should listen to their supervisor to follow best practices about allergy warnings and basic first aid.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer 1. Development of Organizational Skills: Objective: Improve project and time management skills by coordinating and managing specific aspects of the event. 2. Improvement of Interpersonal Skills: Objective: Enhance communication and teamwork abilities by collaborating with fellow volunteers, race participants, and event organizers. 3. Understanding Community Engagement: Objective: Gain insight into the importance of community involvement and civic responsibility by contributing to a non-profit event. 4. Understanding Health and Fitness: Objective: Acquire knowledge about the importance of physical fitness and wellbeing by supporting and observing race participants. 5. Gaining Knowledge about Environmental Stewardship: Objective: Learn about trail maintenance, preservation, and respect for outdoor spaces through involvement in race preparations and cleanup. 6. Learning Financial Management Skills: Objective: Understand budgeting and resource allocation in the context of a non-profit event. 7. Improvement of Problem-solving Skills: Objective: Develop problem-solving skills by handling unexpected situations during the race (e.g., changes in weather, participant injuries, logistic issues). 8. Understanding Diversity and Inclusion: Objective: Recognize the importance of inclusivity by ensuring the event is accessible and enjoyable for participants and spectators of all abilities. 9. Learning about Non-profit Management: Objective: Gain an understanding of the operation of non-profit organizations and event planning by working closely with the event's organizers. 10. Career Exploration: Objective: Explore potential career paths in event management, non-profit administration, sports management, and outdoor recreation. Service objectives could include: 1. Enhancing Community Spirit: Objective: Foster a sense of community spirit and camaraderie by successfully organizing and delivering a community event. 2. Promoting Health and Wellness: Objective: Encourage community health and wellness by facilitating a sporting event that promotes physical fitness. 3. Environmental Care: Objective: Contribute to the preservation and cleanliness of local natural resources by ensuring minimal environmental impact from the event. 4. Encouraging Volunteering: Objective: Inspire others in the community to volunteer by demonstrating the benefits and impact of such involvement. 5. Supporting Non-profit Work: Objective: Support the goals of the non-profit organization by helping to raise funds, increase visibility, or meet other objectives as identified by the organization.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer There are specific time slots available throughout the entire day of Saturday, June 24th, and some slots in the evening on Friday, June 23rd. Time slots are mostly broken up into intervals of 4 hours or less per slot.


Additional information (not required).

Answer The website to sign up for volunteers slots can be found here: If you know of anyone interested in volunteering for this or other similar events, please feel free to share the link to our website: