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Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle trek beginning in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle and ending together with all teams in Washington, D.C.

Why Crew?   

 
 
What are the different crew positions?    
Is Journey of Hope open to Pi Kappa Phi Alumni?   
I'm putting myself through school or have a career, how can I afford this or get time off?   

Pre-trip      

 
 
What is the fundraising minimum?    
How hard is the fundraising?   
How have team members raised their money in the past?   
What if, despite his best efforts, a team member falls short of the fundraising requirement? When is the fundraising deadline?    
When do team members find out their route assignment?    

Training  

 
 
How much training does it take?    
What if a team member doesn’t have a bike and has not been on one in years?   

Crew Training/Orientation   

 
 
When do team members need to be at the opening event?    
Is there a list of recommended supplies and clothing to pack?    
Are there certain items that others have found to be very important or helpful to have on their journey? Are there any suggestions to add to a birthday gift list?    
How much money should a team member budget for the summer? What costs are team members responsible for?    
Do the riders have to supply their own uniforms? If so, what are the costs of the uniforms?    
What is the best way to send the bike?    
Do team members need to arrange their own flight and bike transportation to the start of the event?   
Are they responsible for paying for their flights or can they use donations for that?    
Where do team members leave from in their kick-off city, so family/friends can stay nearby?    
Do most participants fly and arrive the day before orientation?    
Is there transportation from the airport to a designated start point?    

During the Trip  

 
 
Where do the teams eat?     
Where do the teams stay? Is lodging included in the money the team member raises?    
What is an average day?   
What kind of road side support is provided?   
Is it safe cycling across the country?    
Can team members be contacted in case of an emergency?    
Can team members receive mail over the summer? Are there ways to send inspirational notes or little gifts along the way to let him know we’re thinking of him and supporting his progress?    
Can team members be visited out on the road?    
At what point is it advised for the families to come out and participate?    
If parents, family or friends want to treat the group to a dinner along the way, how does that work?   
How can someone follow the teams’ progress during the summer?    
When the teams stop for the night, will they have towels/washcloths/bedding provided?    
How can family be of most help? --- What is the ideal family participation?     
How are team members treated for medical issues?   
What type of shelter is available during the inevitable thunderstorms that happen so quickly?    
Where do teams keep their bikes at night and when eating, so they are safe?   
What happens if team members have difficulty keeping up with the pace?   
On the days the guys aren’t riding, will they have free time to see family or friends?   
Are family members able to join the ride and what is the cost?   

Arrival  

 
 
Where do team members finish in D.C., so family/friends can be there to cheer them on? Do parents/family/friends stay at a certain hotel in D.C.?   

Why Crew?  

 
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Crew Members on cycling events make it all happen. From the time the team wakes up, to the time they go to bed, it is the crew who provides full support to the cyclists, volunteers and community partners. This trip would not be possible without its crew and any cyclist will tell you how much he really appreciates his crew being there to meet the team’s needs while on the road.    
Cycling is an extremely difficult physical test, but being a crew member presents equal challenges that develop management, communication and leadership skills that stay with you for the rest of your life. The sense of accomplishment you feel as a crew member comes from your great leadership and selflessness to support others in meeting Push America’s mission. So, whether you are looking for an amazing adventure or a summer internship you need not look any further than becoming a Journey of Hope crew member.  
Crew Benefits:
• Paid position
• College credit for internship
• First-Aid/CPR certification
• Training in management, communications, and leadership
• Advanced individual training for crew position
 
 
What are the different crew positions?
 
 
CREW POSITIONS   MAIN RESPONSIBILITY  
Project Manager  Overall team operations.
Logistics Coordinator  Coordinating events with sponsors.
Crew Chief   On the road operations and team nutrition.
Equipment Manager/Finance  Manages equipment, team expenses, donations and sales.
Public Relations  Coordination of media interviews.
Community Relations  Team journalist and maintains volunteer/sponsor relations.
Corporate Sponsor Relations  Corporate sponsor relations and event demographics.
Historian  Team photographer.
New Media Coordinator  Team videographer and manager of team's social media accounts.
Leadership Development Coordinator  Facilitates service learning, disability education and organizational awareness.
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Is Journey of Hope open to Pi Kappa Phi Alumni?   
All Push America team events are open to alumni. Alumni participation has greatly increased and has also added very strong and experienced leaders to our teams. Alumni are highly encouraged to participate in Push America’s team events. 
 
 
I'm putting myself through school or have a career, how can I afford this or get time off?   
Journey of Hope is an experience that you can't afford not to do! More than half of the Journey of Hope team members have part-time jobs, some even full-time. You have to plan ahead and save up some of your hard earned dollars so you can participate in something that will change your life! Most employers are very understanding when it comes to commitment to service, so ask early and get them involved in your experience.  

Pre-trip  

 
 
Fundraising  
 
 
What is the fundraising minimum?    
Cyclist: $5,500   Crew: $2,500  Back to the top  
How hard is the fundraising?    
Raising thousands of dollars may be an incredible challenge, but it is possible! If you are like 96% of our team members, you will raise a lot more than that! Push America has the resources to help you reach your goals - we just need team members willing to do the work.  
How have team members raised their money in the past?   
The average contribution is $25; meaning you need to ask almost everyone you know in order to meet your fundraising goals. The following areas have been the most successful: family and friends, civic clubs, local businesses, sororities, churches and fundraising events. Once on the team, team members will be provided a manual which includes even more fundraising ideas.  
What if, despite his best efforts, a team member falls short of the fundraising requirement? When is the fundraising deadline?   
If team members are having problems with fundraising, they need to contact the Push America office as soon as possible. The staff can provide resources to be successful, but ultimately it takes time and effort. Two weeks prior to orientation each team member must reach the fundraising minimum. If a team member does not meet the minimum two weeks prior to the first day of his orientation, Push America will hold a credit card number as collateral and set up a fundraising extension date. If the minimum is not met by this date, the card will be charged the remaining balance.  
When do team members find out their route assignment?    
Route selection takes place no later than April 1 each year. A team member needs to turn in his completed forms and pay his fees before his route is revealed.  

Training  

 
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How much training does it take?    
Cycling across the country is extremely difficult. While you do not have to be a serious cyclist to participate in Journey of Hope, you will have to train hard to get in shape. The majority of past team members have never done any serious cycling before starting to train for the event, but upon acceptance, a strong training program must be followed to prepare yourself for the ride.
 
 
What if a team member doesn’t have a bike and has not been on one in years?   
You will be required to have a road style bike that you can use for training and the event before you are accepted to the roster, but this can be different for each person. Some people borrow a bike and others invest in a bike they will use for many years after the event. You will need to be consistently training and logging your miles to show your progress. Some of the most important things you can do to prepare for the event is to practice riding safely on the roads and with groups. This means you will need a bike on a frequent basis, but it doesn't mean you need to spend thousands of dollars. If you need assistance locating a bike, staff members can provide you with multiple ways to find a bike that meets your needs.  

Crew Training/Orientation    

 
 
When do team members need to be at the opening event?    
All CREW MEMBERS must report to Portland, OR (PDX) by 4:00 p.m. PST on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Cyclists on TransAmerica route must report to Seattle, WA (SEA) by 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Cyclists on North route must report to TBD Bay-area airport by 3:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Cyclists on South route must reports to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) by 12:00 p.m. PST or Long Beach, CA (LGB) by 3:00 p.m. PST on Monday, June 2, 2014.
 
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Is there a list of recommended supplies and clothing to pack?    
Team members can find a detailed list of needed and/or recommended items in their Participant Center, or one can be acquired by contacting the director of team services or office manager.
 
 
Are there certain items that others have found to be very important or helpful to have on their journey? Are there any suggestions to add to a birthday gift list?    
These often depend on what a team member already has. If you have a specific question, please contact the Director of Team Services, Andrew Matznick at teamservices@pushamerica.org or (980) 318-5388.
 
 
How much money should a team member budget for the summer? What costs are team members responsible for?   
Team members are responsible for travel to and from orientation and arrival and their bike expenses. Three meals a day, snacks during cycling and lodging each night is provided for the event. What team members spend over the summer is proportional to their spending habits now! Previous team members have spent from $20 to $1,500! A good number to have access to is around $500 for emergencies. We do not recommend team members carry large amounts of cash in their luggage. Listed here are a few of the expenses you may have: bike repairs, entertainment, souvenirs, phone calls and laundry.
 
 
Do the riders have to supply their own uniforms? If so, what are the costs of the uniforms?    
Each team member will receive a set of sportswear for the summer. Cyclists will be provided with a cycling jersey, a pair of cycling shorts and team t-shirts to wear during programmed events. Crew members will be provided with polos and team t-shirts to wear during programmed events. Additional sportswear will be available through fundraising incentives or for purchase if team members want to have extra sets. 
 
 
What is the best way to send the bike?   
You can either box up the bike yourself or take it to a bike shop and have it done professionally. The easiest way to transport the bicycle is on the flight to orientation. Make sure to look at each airline fee prior to booking travel, as they do differ. Try to pitch the airlines before arriving as well as at check-in to see if they will give you a discount. Make sure to explain what your trip is all about.
 
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Do team members need to arrange their own flight and bike transportation to the start of the event?    
Yes, each team member is responsible for his flight out and back. Team members need to arrange their own flights unless they receive the incentives that include flight travel. Route selection takes place no later than April 1. Travels plans should not be made until after routes are announced.
 
 
Are team members responsible for paying for their flights or can they use donations for that?    
If someone makes a donation to a team member’s campaign, the donation is not allowed to be used for flights. Donations to Push America are tax deductible, but donations for flights to individuals are not. Team members should ask for help on travel, and they should focus that ask on people who travel often. See if that frequent flier has extra miles to give before asking for monetary donations.
 
 
Where do team members leave from in their kick-off city, so family/friends can stay nearby?     
Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming understand that orientation is a very busy time and team members have meetings and training taking up a large portion of their time. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites around the city. Check out the links for more information:
 
 
Seattle Kick-off
San Francisco Kick-off
Long Beach Kick-off
 
 
Do most participants fly and arrive the day before orientation?     
The majority of participants arrive the day orientation starts. Push America does not provide lodging prior to the first day of orientation.

 
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Is there transportation from the airport to a designated start point?    
Yes, Push America will provide transportation from the airport assigned by the Push America staff (route dependent) to the place of orientation. Make sure to double check on the airport with staff before making any travel arrangements. If a team member arrives at a different airport or time than the designated one, he will have to find his own transportation to orientation or to the designated airport.  

During the Trip  

 
 
Where do the teams eat?      
Three meals are provided each day: two on the road and a sponsored dinner each evening. You will eat some of the best meals of your life! Snacks are available in the support vehicles during each day's ride.  
Where do the teams stay? Is lodging included in the money the team member raises?     
Lodging will be provided by all the wonderful Push America volunteers across the country. Teams will be sleeping on gym floors, in hotels, in church basements, etc. Team members will not have to pay for any lodging during the event.  
What is an average day?    
This schedule will vary from day to day, with different local events being planned with many different organizations. Journey of Hope is a very fast-paced event with a good amount of programming involved in every city visited. Expect to be very active and to meet a lot of very nice people along the way.  Back to the top  
Time  Event  
5:30 a.m.  Wake up
6:00 a.m.  Breakfast (crew meeting & team circle up)
6:30 a.m.  Departure to destination city (80-85 miles cycling)
12:30 p.m.  Stage-up (team gathers for media arrival)
1:00 p.m.  Arrive at destination (media, lunch, Friendship Visit)
3:00 p.m.  Depart for lodging
3:30 p.m.   Bike shop runs, Wal-Mart, laundry, crew errands
5:30 p.m.  Depart for sporting event, Friendship Visit or other activity
6:00 p.m.  Dinner with local organization
9:00 p.m.  Depart for lodging for much needed rest/free time
 
   
What kind of roadside support is provided?   
Journey of Hope has a trained crew that is responsible for general roadside support. The vehicles are set up every 5-10 miles, so at any point in time a cyclist is never more than 5 miles from assistance. Safety is a top priority on our teams. Back to the top  
Is it safe cycling across the country?    
Push America's Journey of Hope has trained crew members that are responsible for general roadside support and coordinating the logistics of the program. Each crew member is trained for specific responsibilities pertaining to the program and has been certified in basic first aid and CPR. Safety is paramount on the road. Each cyclist must have proficient skills upon arrival at orientation. Each cyclist must wear a helmet! Failure to cycle in a safe manner or not wearing a helmet may lead to dismissal from the team. While we cannot guarantee a person’s safety, their protection, health and well-being are a top priority of Push America.  
Can team members be contacted in case of an emergency?    
Team members can be contacted on their cell phones during the summer, but they are not allowed to use them while on the bike or during programming events. If there is an emergency, the project manager may be contacted to relay a message. Parents will be given phone numbers of their son’s project manager before the trip begins.  
Can team members receive mail over the summer? Are there ways to send inspirational notes or little gifts along the way to let him know we’re thinking of him and supporting his progress?   
There will be scheduled mail drops on Journey of Hope for family and friends to send well wishes, notes, postcards, letters, and/or packages. They will be listed on the website prior to the start of the event.  
Can team members be visited out on the road?    
Meeting with family and friends along the route is encouraged. The project manager must be notified at least 48 hours in advance of the visit by the team member.  
At what point is it advised for the families to come out and participate?    
Families can come out and participate at any point, as long as it is coordinated with your son’s project manager because we need a final food count. Back to the top  
If parents, family or friends want to treat the group to a dinner along the way, how does that work?    
Contact Push America's logistics staff to sponsor a meal for the team at logistics@pushamerica.org. You can also make a gift online to provide a meal for a specific Journey of Hope team by clicking here.  
How can someone follow the teams’ progress during the summer?   
Go to www.pushamerica.org and click on the specific event. You can check out the links for the Itinerary, Routes and Rosters.  
When the teams stop for the night, will they have towels/washcloths/bedding provided?    
Team members need to bring a towel, wash cloth, an air mattress and sleeping bag. Make sure to check the packing list for other needed items.  
How can family be of most help? --- What is the ideal family participation?     
Team members start their journey when they sign up for a team event. Preparation for the event can be very challenging, so encouragement or assistance with fundraising and training is very important. Another important time is the arrival. The arrival is an exciting and emotional experience for everyone involved. We suggest if you can make it to only one event during the summer, this would be the event. Back to the top  
How are team members treated for medical issues?    
All crew members have had training and are certified in CPR and First Aid. There are crew vehicles with the team in case of an emergency and these can be used to transport someone in need of medical attention.  
What type of shelter is available during the inevitable thunderstorms that happen so quickly?    
Crew vehicles are available in case of inclement weather.  
Where do teams keep their bikes at night and when eating, so they are safe?   
Most of the time bicycles are kept at lodging next to each team member while they sleep, but it depends on the location. The bikes will be watched or locked up at all times.  
What happens if team members have difficulty keeping up with the pace?   
Training ahead of time is very important so this does not become an issue. Cycling is not the only important aspect of the event, and there are time requirements each day to reach events in the next city. These requirements should be no problem for someone who has done the necessary training. No one will be left behind, but if someone is having difficulty with the required pace for the day, actions will be taken to get the team to the next event on time, including having them ride in the support vehicle for varying distances. Back to the top  
On the days the guys aren’t riding, will they have free time to see family or friends?   
It depends on the day, but a “day off” is a day off from the bike. This does not necessarily mean a free day. Often times there are Friendship Visits and/or sponsored events, these “days off” are referred to as programming days. Make sure to check the itinerary and coordinate with the project manager on time away from the team.   
Are family members able to join the ride and what is the cost?     
Yes, family members may participate in a ride along with the team. For safety reasons, each rider must be able to perform certain skills before riding with the team. There are fundraising requirements of $100 for one day, $250 for two days or $500 for three days. Check out the Push America website for more information and requirements.  

Arrival   

 
 
Where do team members finish in D.C., so family/friends can be there to cheer them on? Do parents/family/friends stay at a certain hotel in D.C.?    
Team members will arrive on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. on the west front lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Make sure to arrive at the Capitol by 10:30 a.m. to get a spot to see the teams, as they will arrive promptly at 11:00 a.m. There will be time to take plenty of pictures following a short program.   
Parents, family and friends need to make their own hotel arrangements through the room block set aside at the same hotel the team members are staying. More information will be available on the Push America website. Push America will arrange and pay for the lodging of team members on the night of arrival.