Ways to VolunteerThere are many ways to volunteer:
- Come to volunteer night – this is a time to spend together giving back to Free Ride. People work on projects there isn't otherwise time for and help keep the shop operating. This a good way to learn more about what Free Ride does and operates in the community.
- Help others in open shop. Whatever skill you may have, it is something to share. Helping others in any way, such as finding tools and parts, or helping with volunteer tasks, or offering mechanical help, is very valuable for the shop.
- Self-directed volunteering in open shop – people may do other volunteer tasks during open shop if they feel comfortable pursuing these tasks without “staff” assistance. Please be patient if you come in to volunteer during an open shop.
- Be a teaching assistant in classes – members who have already taken a class topic or have mechanical expertise can help during drop in classes.You can also train to become a lead instructor, either for individual topics or for the entire course.
- Offer your non-bike skills – Free Ride needs a variety of skills beyond bike mechanics to keep running.We need people to help with accounting, community outreach, publicity, social events, construction or electrical projects, and every once and a while we need legal advice.
- Earn-a-Bike sessions for kids - Volunteers who like working with kids find this program fun and rewarding.
- Staff open shop or volunteer nights – Free Ride needs two people per open shop shift, and one person per volunteer night, to be responsible for opening, closing, and orienting new people in the shop.People can arrange to staff half-shifts or switch roles within a shift. No prior experience needed! The first step is to come to a new staffer orientation (click to learn more).