We desperately need dedicated volunteers in the shop, especially during the summer months. The best way to get the scoop and to get involved is to come to the shop during open hours and talk with the current shop manager. If you can commit as a long-term volunteer, please contact us and tell us more about what you have in mind. Below are key positions that we hope you can fill.
Volunteering as an Individual:
- Greeting - Welcome guests to the shop! Sit at the entrance during open shop hours and be responsible for making sure everyone signs in (legibly), that donations are received, and that we know who is in the shop doing what.
- Wrenching - If you have a knack for mechanics then this job is for you. (Even if you can only change a flat! You'll learn quickly) We'll pair you up with someone in need of help so you can give them two hands and one extra brain!
- Cleaning - We are all responsible for keeping the shop clear of clutter and the space organized so we can find our tools. Cleaning includes sweeping, sorting our recyclables, hanging up bikes, clearing clutter, straightening up our outdoor space, and organizing parts large and small. There is always something to be done!
- Hauling - Have a truck? Better yet, have a bike trailer? We recycle just about everything at the shop, and often need to bring our scrap metal, cardboard, aluminum, plastics, and glasses to be recycled.
- Tabling - Set up a table at a local event. We recently had booths at Charlottesville's Earth Day, Charlottesville's Vegetarian Festival, UVa's Earth Day, UVa's Bike Awareness Day, and at the Charlottesville City Market. For volunteers who love to spread the word.
Volunteering as Group:
- Bike Drive - Hold a bike drive to collect unwanted bicycles from the community. This can be a one day event or a rolling event for a week. Publicize it, collect the bikes, and make the bike donation to us!
- Maintenance - Cut wood, install windows, help us remove poison ivy from the back of our building, etc.
- Organization - Sort parts, sweep the floor, test old tubes, and get the shop looking good. Help us keep our bike inventory up to date.
- Hauling - We often need bikes & parts transported through the city. This might mean carrying large amounts of scrap metal to the recycling center or bringing bikes to a Bike Rodeo. Could your group help with that? We don't have a truck...