The Bike Church needs your help! We rely on volunteers for everything from running the open shop hours to wiring the lights. Help us keep going strong by giving some of your time to the shop; no experience necessary (send us your info by filling out the form below).
Open Hours/Teaching Patrons Our public hours are often quite busy and we are happy to have more volunteers helping to greet and orient patrons to the space, and assist them with repairs or finding parts. Mechanical experience is a plus but is not required; you can also learn as you go. However before volunteers jump in to helping other people with their bikes, we do ask that you arrange for a brief volunteer orientation. Please drop in the shop or contact us via email or phone or fill out the form (below) to arrange a time to be oriented. After that you'd be invited to help on shifts, if possible every week, or as you're available.
Shop Maintenance and Organizing There is a constant inflow of old bikes and parts to our shop, as well as the inevitable disorder that results from lots of people rummaging through drawers. Our goal of diverting usable parts and bikes from the waste stream is best served if it's easy for people to find what they need. So you can help the shop and serve the community by working with mechanics to sort parts properly, cull less-useful items, and/or strip useful parts off surplus or broken frames. If this kind of volunteering interests you, please drop in on a shift and offer to help.
Random Awesome Projects If you have an idea for a project that you think will benefit the Bike Church (and hopefully yourself), Send us an email! We love to help people share their skills and knowledge. If you need to complete community service hours through school or court mandate, we may be able to sign off on hours depending on the project.
Need Project Ideas? You could . . . -Paint a Mural! -Develop a system for organizing Used Inner Tubes! -Make Labels for Drawers! -Silk Screen some patches! -Build a planter box! -Other Ideas?!
Questions? Ideas? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on volunteering check out our handbook.
Becoming a Core Mechanic
The Bike Church is run by a collective of what we call the core mechanics. The members of this group are basically the volunteers who stuck around for a while and showed a lot of dedication to the space. They are then invited to join the collective and take on more responsibility. Mechanics are expected to lead one shift per week at The Bike Church, and also participate in monthly meetings. Many skills are required of our core mechanics, mechanical aptitude being just one facet. If you would like to become a mechanic, first volunteer and then go from there.
Click here to meet some of our friendly core mechanics (tho this page is outdated!)