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There are more than 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Starting a nonprofit is relatively easy: see a need in your community, round up some dedicated volunteers, file the paperwork.

When Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop started in 2002, we were the only nonprofit bike shop in Snohomish County, committed to “connecting unused bikes to people who need wheels.”

We still serve that unique need. As a teenaged organization, we have matured in so many ways, but still need to grow up in others. One way we need to grow is in community support.

Donations from individuals like you are essential for the future of Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop.  Whether you give $25 or $250, your contribution demonstrates that the community supports our shop and our mission.

Of course, our bike shop is full of bikes and parts donated by community supporters – probably too full, but loving bikes is an occupational hazard for us. Luckily, bike sales have tripled in recent years – some customers come in to find a special bike and to support our mission, while other customers are the mission:

  • The 125 low income kids who will take a bike home for Christmas this month
  • Sally, who worked her way out of homelessness by using her bike to get to work at odd hours when buses don’t run;
  • Matt, the recovering addict who needed to fix his flat tire so he could ride to treatment
  • Jesse, who got a “new-to-him” road bike from Sharing Wheels and has lost 60 pounds riding everywhere with his caregiver

We know many customers by name because as a community bike shop, we don’t just sell bikes. We see people again and again. You drop by to borrow our tools, get a used part, or when to volunteer and pay forward the help we have given you.

Many of our services are free, but our rent, insurance, taxes, and staff are not. As we’ve grown, so has the cost and complexity of doing business.

Many nonprofits don’t make it to age 16. We are determined to keep serving the greater Everett area into adulthood. In 2019 we’ll be adopting a business plan and looking to expand our bike programs and partnerships. Your donation will help us grow up.

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Seeking Board Members

Do you like bikes and want to give back to your community? Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is seeking volunteers for our nonprofit board of directors.

We have at least two and up to four openings. Submit a board_application (PDF) by Jan. 18, 2018 – mail or bring to shop.

Board members support our mission of “connecting unused bikes to people who need wheels” with hands-on governance and enthusiasm. You don’t need to get greasy – we are looking for people with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Nonprofit or business management
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Fundraising and grants
  • Retail or business services
  • Everett community connections

Board members commit to monthly Board and committee meetings. We will be updating our strategic plan in 2018, and it will be up to the board to develop an achieve goals and programs that move us forward as an organization.

We seek Board members who bring a diversity of age, race, cultural background, economic background, and experience. Board members are usually elected in January, but can also be appointed by the board at any time.

If you are interested, or if you know of someone who you think would be a great Board member, please contact: board member Kristin Kinnamon at bikenbus @gmail.com or 425-923-7868.

2018 Programs Summary

Volunteer Program

We have some dedicated volunteers who come in every week, and regulars who come to work parties and special events.  We wouldn’t exist without your help. To keep in touch, we have 509 emails on our contact list (up 10% from 2017).

Bike & Parts Sales

Sales of refurbished bikes and used parts are the main source of income for Sharing Wheels. Sharing Wheels also has bike accessories and some new parts for sale. Most donated bikes are fixed as needed, but some are sold “as-is.” High-end bikes may be sold on eBay or Craigslist. 250+ bikes sold in shop; 30 online sales transactions

Community Bike Shop

The tools and bike stands at Sharing Wheels are available for anyone to use for free during shop hours. People come in to fix their own bikes, often getting a little guidance from Sharing Wheels staff or volunteers. Low-income people, DIY-tinkerers, and basic bike geeks benefit from this service. 4-20 people use our shop each week, depending on weather and time of year

Kids Bike Swap

Eleven volunteer work parties kicked off in March, and 14 people helped the day of the event. Hundreds of dollars of new parts went into preparing 75 bikes in advance. Another 100 bikes were traded in, some swapped for immediately, the rest stored for Christmas House. Event was promoted with a flyer and coupon at 4 local schools that have large low-income populations. 100+ bikes home with kids; 50 helmets fitted for new owners

Christmas House Bikes

Each fall, Sharing Wheels contributes refurbished children’s bicycles to another non-profit, Christmas House, which serves thousands of low-income families in greater Everett. 50 volunteers attended work parties starting in September, adding new parts as needed thanks to a $1,000 grant from BIKES Club of Snohomish County. Repeat volunteers earned shop credit, Starbucks card or t-shirt. A. The Gyro Shack provided food for two work parties. 125 bikes donated in 2018

Dark Nights, Bright Lights

In 2017, Sharing Wheels began offering low income clients who did not have legally required bike lighting basic front and rear lights. Donations support the cost of this program. 45 lights installed; 67% for extremely low income people; 70% have been stopped by police; 100% use their bicycle for daily transportation

Valet Bike Parking

Sharing Wheels has a tent, bike corral and racks that can be setup at events to provide secure bike parking and outreach. For the second year, a $500 City of Everett grant paid for parking at Sorticulture (71 bikes), BIKES Club covered a month of parking at the Everett Farmers Market (39 bikes; $300). We also provided parking at BIKES event the McClinchy Mile (53) and loaned our setup to the Delta Neighborhood for their National Night Out event in August. 164 bikes parked over 8 event days.

Mechanics Classes

Basic and Advance Classes were offered in the first half of the year. We did not have sufficient signups for later classes (offered in fall), however there remains strong interest.
14 paid students in 2018

Work for Wheels

Work for Wheels allows people to volunteer time at the shop in exchange for credit towards a refurbished bike or major purchase (up to $250). Time is valued at $10 per hour. The program is open to all, but we ask for optional employment and income information. New (revived from the past) program with outcomes still pending.

WSU Repair Cafes

Our volunteers provided bike repair and other services at quarterly WSU Extension Repair Cafe events. Participants bring in broken stuff and hope to have it fixed for free.

Benefit Concert May 18 @ Zippy’s

32169514_1693016160733474_8160210860493504512_n5 to 9 p.m. May 18

Cafe Zippy, 1502 Rucker Ave., Everett

Celebrate Bike Everywhere Day on Friday May 18th with live music from local talent at Cafe Zippy, just north of downtown Everett.
Tickets $10 at the door. Good food and drinks for sale, plus raffle baskets & “Pass the Cone” to raise funds for Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop.
This benefit concerts helps fund our programs to serve low income adults and kids.
For updates head over to the Benefit Concert Facebook event.

 

Annual Meeting, Elections Jan. 24

As a nonprofit organization, Sharing Wheels has bylaws and a board of directors to guide our work in the community. We are currently seeking to fill at least 2 and up to 4 openings on our board of directors (which can have up to 9 members). The bylaws call for an annual general meeting and elections.

Sharing Wheels Annual Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24

Sno-Isle Foods Co-Op Classroom
2804 Grand Ave., Everett

Everyone who cares about the shop is invited to attend. If you are interested in serving on the board, please complete a board application and submit it by Jan. 18 (by mailing or bringing to the shop). Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the annual meeting.

If you’d like to learn more about serving on our board, read this blog post, and feel free to contact board member Kristin Kinnamon, bikenbus @ gmail.com (remove spaces).

Donations Keep Shop Open for All

14468704_1122457334456029_4224439738060814926_oIn 2002, Sharing Wheels began life providing basic bike services at the Everett Gospel Mission, while giving neighborhood kids (big and small) a place to hang-out, get greasy, and share bike love.

That same passion for bicycles and for helping others use bikes is what sustains us as a community bike shop today. This past year, about 85% of our customers were low income people. We hosted our 15th annual Kids Bike Swap and donated 100 refurbished kids bikes to Christmas House. We’ve expanded weekend hours and increased sales by 50%. Our shop is full of both basic and unique bikes* and tools and parts to fix the bike you love.

Our nonprofit board meets monthly. We dream of a bigger shop, more classes, and more programs for people who ride bikes – out of love, necessity, or both. We are working to expand our presence and impact in the greater Everett community.

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In this season of giving, we ask each of you to consider a financial donation to Sharing Wheels at a level that is meaningful to you. One generous volunteer has already donated $500. Two of our board members have also committed $500 each – but they will double their donations if we can raise $1,000 match from you, our community of supporters.

Our shop is invaluable to many, and there’s a price for free access to tools, hands-on help, and the space we rent to hold all those wonderful bike things.

Did you fix a flat at the shop this year? Borrow our tools? Find the right screw or specialized part? Are you glad someone else was able to get a low-cost bike or used part?

With so many of our customers living in poverty, it’s especially important for those of us with a little extra to contribute – for ourselves, and for those who can’t.

We are a 501(c)3 charitable nonproft. You can donate now via PayPal on your credit card, or come by the shop with cash, check, or credit. Send checks to Sharing Wheels, 2531 Broadway, Everett WA 98201.

* Come buy a bike: We have a recumbent bike that needs TLC, bikes from Spain, Italy, Britain, Japan, and France, and lots more.

Meet our new shop manager

Santa bike mechanic

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop has hired our first-ever paid shop manager, Josh Pfister.

Josh has been a long-time volunteer with Sharing Wheels, and started working for us this summer as a bike mechanic.

He has worked at the Marysville Bike Shop and at Bicycle Centres in Everett. His preferred mode of transportation is an old Bridgestone set up as a singlespeed.

As shop manager, Josh will oversee daily shop operations, ensure quality repairs and outstanding customer service (he’s a very friendly guy), and work with the Board of Directors to promote our shop’s development and growth.

Thanks to a head start from volunteers during the United Way Day of Caring in September, Josh has been busy reorganizing the shop. Things look a lot different if you haven’t been by lately!

The job is part-time, but has allowed us to open the shop 4 days a week instead of just 3. Our Saturday hours are funded by a grant from the City of Everett.

Volunteers continue to be essential part of our nonprofit community bike shop. Stop by to meet Josh and see how you can help.

Now Hiring Shop Manager

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is hiring our first-ever paid shop manager. Current volunteers and others who know their way around a bike shop are encouraged to apply.

Community Bike Shop Manager

Do you love bicycles – and helping people? Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop seeks a qualified and enthusiastic part-time bike shop manager. We are a hub for all things bike-related in Everett, WA, and seek someone who wants to be the center of that wheel.

The shop manager will oversee daily shop operations and finances, ensure outstanding customer service, manage and develop staff (1-2) and volunteers, coordinate annual kids bike programs, and work with the Board of Directors to promote our shop’s development and growth.

Your day will include fixing bicycles, helping volunteers and visitors fix bikes, selling used bikes and parts, and assessing repairs and donations. See the full job description here.

Sharing Wheels is an established nonprofit with a mission to “connect unused bikes to people who need wheels.”

Hours: The job is currently part-time, starting at 20 hours a week, including the need for weekend and evening availability. The exact schedule may be negotiable. The job is expected to grow with the right candidate.

Pay starts at $15 an hour, and may be increased based on experience.

Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Board President Brice Howard,c/o sharingwheels@gmail.com. Your cover letter should describe how you meet the qualifications in the job description.

Position open until filled. Next review of resumes will take place Aug. 15. We hope to have someone start soon to allow for a training period with our longtime volunteer shop manager.

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Volunteer Work Parties on Third Thursdays

Have you wondered how to get started as a volunteer at Sharing Wheels? Have you taken a class or helped with kids bikes, and want to keep practicing what you learned? Are you a past Sharing Wheels volunteer, and ready to re-engage?

Come to the shop on the third Thursday of each month for a volunteer orientation and work party. We’ll pair up new and experienced volunteers, and put you to work – fixing bikes, organizing, cleaning – wherever your skills and our needs meet.

Work parties are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, 2531 Broadway, Everett. Our entrance and parking are at the back of the Broadway Mall building.

Upcoming work parties: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17.

Speaking of volunteers, we need a volunteer snack provider for each work party. Let us know if you like to bake cookies or buy salsa!

Bicycle Repair at Project Homeless Connect

While many people think of bicycles as kids toys, some adults rely on their bicycles to get to work, school, and services.

Bicycles are a cheap and efficient way to get around, but they do get flat tires, worn brakes, and other mechanical issues. Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop volunteers will be at Project Homeless Connect this year offering minor bike repairs and secure bike parking for participants.

More than 1,000 homeless families and individuals attend the event every year. Attendees who travel by bike are encouraged to stop by the Sharing Wheels station for a free bike safety check. Minor repairs will be made on the spot. Volunteers will also provide valet bike parking for event participants and providers.

Sharing Wheels helps low income people keep their bikes on the road year-round. Anyone can use the tools in the shop for DIY fixes. Used bikes and parts are for sale. Classes and volunteers help teach people how to keep their bikes tuned up.

The shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at 2531 Broadway Ave., Everett. Entrance is at the back of the Broadway Mall building.

Hours will be expanding later this summer. Donations of cash and quality used bicycles help support our work.