Volunteering at Sharing Wheels

As a nonprofit, Sharing Wheels relies on volunteers. We simply can’t fix used bikes and offer free community shop space without volunteer support.

You don’t need to be a skilled bike mechanic to help out. Ongoing volunteer opportunities are listed below. Special work parties are scheduled in the fall for Christmas House and in the spring for our Kids Bike Swap.

To learn more, give us a call, stop by the shop during open hours, or email sharingwheels@gmail.com

Shop Volunteers

People with bike shop experience or mechanical training are always needed in the shop. Keep your skills fresh while helping us refurbish and repair adult and children’s bicycles. Intermediate to advanced mechanics should be able to work on their own with occasional advice  and assistance (where is that tool? ) from more experienced shop volunteers.

Beginning mechanics and non-mechanical volunteers willing to get greasy are also needed. We often host Volunteer Repair Parties where people of all skills can help fix flats, clean bikes, and practice some basics.

Administrative & Promotional Volunteers

Do you do social media? We could use your help with Facebook posts and photos. You can also build computer skills by entering data ad managing files. Other duties may include creating and delivering marketing materials, acknowledging donors, event planning, and organizing donations. Best if you can commit regular time weekly or monthly for consistency.

Event Volunteers

Sharing Wheels is often invited to be part of community events. Local events that support our mission and help promote our work are great places to be – if we have volunteers. Event volunteers help represent Sharing Wheels by staffing a table, sharing shop information, helping with logistics, and returning materials to the shop. If you are interested in helping out at a future community event, contact us.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities and events:

Kids Bike Work Parties – Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 – Fix kids bikes at the shop. No experience necessary – just be ready to get greasy.

Shop Work Party – Sunday April 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come help sort, label, clean and organize the shop. All are welcome to get a little greasy!

WSU Repair Cafe – Saturday April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We’ll have volunteers helping people fix bikes at this event. Got something else broken? Sign up for help in advance.

Kids Bike Repair Class – Sunday April 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – We’ll cover the basics of fix-a-flat, coaster brakes, minor adjustments and basic safety checks. This class will help with parent and grandparent duties for the swap, and with volunteering to help us get bikes ready. Suggested $10 donation.

Kids Bike Work Party – April 15, 1 to 4 p.m. – Fix kids bikes at the shop following our Kids Bike Repair Class. No experience necessary – just be ready to get greasy.

Bike Parking – Sunday April 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – At McClinchy Mile Bike Ride – we need two shifts of volunteers to keep people’s bikes secure while they enjoy the finish line celebration in Arlington.

Advanced Bike Mechanics Class – Wednesdays May 2-236 to 9:30 p.m – Give your bike an overhaul while you learn about brakes, derailleurs, hubs, bearings, and more.

Benefit Concert at Cafe Zippy  Friday May 18, 5 to 8 p.m.  Celebrate Bike Everywhere Day with us by enjoying an evening of eclectic music and raffles. Proceeds support our programs for low income kids and adults.

Kids Bike Swap – Sunday June 10  We’ll need lots of help all day – both skilled mechanics and basic friendly volunteers. Please save the date.

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