WB Volunteer FAQ

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
No mechanics experience necessary — all you need is your enthusiasm and a pair of closed-toe shoes. Though not mandatory, we highly recommend attending a volunteer orientation.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS USUALLY DO?
There are many ways to volunteer. You can volunteer at our warehouse, represent us at an event, or host a bike drive on our behalf. Got a particular gift such as carpentry, writing, or data entry? Inquire with one of our Volunteer Coordinators about special projects.

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS USUALLY DO?
There are many ways to volunteer. You can volunteer at our warehouse, represent us at an event, or host a bike drive on our behalf. Got a particular gift such as carpentry, writing, or data entry? Inquire with one of our Volunteer Coordinators about special projects.

At the warehouse volunteers may:

  • Prep bike for shipping parties
  • Greet and assist customers with finding the right bike
  • Organize and sort bikes and parts
  • Repair bicycles for Cycle of Power/Peace, our local donation programs
  • Load shipping containers to be sent to our international partners
  • Help other volunteers learn their way around Brandon’s and the shop

DO I NEED TO RSVP?
Individuals do not need to RSVP to attend our walk-in sessions. However, if we are at capacity volunteers may be asked to come back at another time at the discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator. To better accommodate group volunteers a date and time must be scheduled with Working Bikes staff.

AM I REQUIRED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE TIME?
Our walk-in sessions are either 4-5 hours depending on the day. These hours are a window for people to come in. Some folks stay throughout, some come in later, and others stay for a couple of hours.

CAN I FULFILL COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS AT WORKING BIKES?
Yes! We are a 501(c)(3) organization and host many folks who are in need of hours. Hours must be logged on our system in order for us to show proof upon request. Participants are responsible for providing their paperwork to be signed. Volunteers may request their hours on a Working Bikes letterhead with a signature Materials or letters will be provided within 3 days of submission.

IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?
Many of our volunteers are high school students fulfilling service learning hours. We require a signed waiver form from all first-time volunteers. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian signature.

A lot of our work involves physical activity, some hand dexterity, and handling of moving parts. With this in mind we require parental supervision for minors under 14 when volunteering onsite. Alternatively, we highly recommend hosting a bike drive in their local community.

DO YOU ALLOW GROUPS TO VOLUNTEER?
Working Bikes is a great place for corporations, educational institutions, and organizations to give back for their service days. To better accommodate groups we schedule a time outside our walk-in volunteer hours.

Adult groups must have no more than 22 people. Youth groups, depending on age and number of chaperones present, are capped at 18. Groups with minors must have at least one chaperone per 10 youth, more depending on age and the needs of the participants. Tours are best with groups under 14 years of age.

For more information inquire at [email protected].

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