The best way to become a regular volunteer is to attend our Monthly Volunteer Orientation Night. These happen on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the shop. You will learn how Bike Farm works, our mission, meet other volunteers and get a better sense of what you might want to do. You don’t need to be a mechanic to volunteer!
Immediately after Volunteer Orientations, we have our general monthly shop meetings. Feel free to stick around and become part of the decision making process. All are welcome at general meetings. Subscribing to our email list is another great way to get involved. Many shop discussions take place there.
If you cannot attend the monthly orientation, please show up during any open shift and talk to a mechanic to volunteer. We always have things to do and need the help! Friday, Saturday and Sunday shifts are particularly good days to get a sense of how the shop runs on busy days.
The following is a list of tasks we frequently need help with:
Donation pick-up – Local bike shops all over town frequently offer donated parts, tires, etc to Bike Farm. When a donation is ready, we will alert the volunteer mailing list when donations need to be picked up.
Mechanics – Bike Farm always needs skilled mechanics to lead shifts and cover for volunteers unable to make their regular hours.
Laundry – Laundry needs to be done 1-2 times a month. Rags need to be taken to the Alsco Linen Service at 5225 SE 26th Ave. in bags of 50 and traded for 50 clean rags. This service costs $3.50.
Shop Organization – Wheels need to be evaluated and other bike parts should be sorted, measured, labeled and put away in their respective bins. Broken or extremely worn components should be recycled.
Wheel & Bike Builds – Bike Farm frequently exhausts our supply of decent wheels and completed bikes. If you know how to build wheels or bikes, we need you!