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GiveBIG for Bikes

By Christy Cowley, Executive Director

At Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop we continue to support the most vulnerable people in the Pacific Northwest by providing affordable bikes and bike repair services to low/no income households. 

It’s May and the time of year for our annual GiveBIG campaign, so I’m reaching out to everyone asking for support. Families who rely on bicycles as their primary form of transportation rely on us to be open, staffed and stocked with free and affordable inventory to keep them rolling.

Donations help us meet these needs and we couldn’t provide any of our services without the generosity of all our donors.

After reviewing some of our major accomplishments from last year, please consider making a financial donation this month so we can continue to do good in our community.

Together, with my board of directors, we will match every dollar up to the first $3000 donated to help us meet our goal of $6000! 

Recap of 2020:

  • 116 volunteers gave 2600 hours of service – many volunteers took bikes home to clean and repair while our shop was closed due to COVID.
  • 350 adult bikes were salvaged/donated, repaired and ‘released’ back into the community.
  • 194 kid bikes were repaired and then given to low income families in and around the Everett, WA area.
  • 130 people (75% reported as “low income”) stopped in to use our free DIY space, tools and knowledge to fix their own bikes. 
  • 12 formerly homeless/at risk individuals graduated from our Earn A Bike program; learning to perform minor bike repairs and earning a fully-equipped refurbished bike.

I post this request knowing that you each have your own causes you love and support. This organization may not be the primary place you want to put your charitable dollars. But I hope you will consider a gift – large or small – to show support for Sharing Wheels and our mission: Keeping people and bikes moving through empowerment, affordability, sustainability and education.

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Kids Bike Swap June 9th!

We’ve been preparing for months for this big weekend and the weather looks like it’ll be a wonderfully bike friendly day! Thank you to the Herald’s Stephanie Davey for the great write up! There’s still time to volunteer, wrench on some kids bikes now through Saturday or sign up for a shift helping out the day of! We still need some non mechanic volunteers to fill in with check in, check out , helmet fitting & clean up. Sign up here

Kids Bike Swap

Kids Bike Swap Sunday June 9, 2019

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2531 BROADWAY AVE., EVERETT

in the back parking lot

A parent or guardian must come with each child to the Swap.

Russ N. checks out a bike at Kids Bike Swap 2012

Kids can trade in the bike they have outgrown and pick out a bike that fits them. Kids donate their old bike, and receive credit for the value based on its size and condition. A parent or guardian must be present at the Swap.

The credit can be used towards purchasing a bigger bicycle, which can costs an extra. Typically, when a bike is swapped, the family is able to take home their newly refurbished ride for $20 or less. Cash or checks  preferred. We also accept credit cards.

A free helmet comes with every bike – and we’ll make sure it fits!

About Swap Bikes

Bicycles with wheel sizes from 12-inches to 24-inches are ready for trading.

If your child needs a larger bicycle, we may be able to accommodate them.

All bikes are safety checked and refurbished by Sharing Wheels volunteers before they enter the Swap.

Swap Hours

No bikes will be swapped before 10 a.m. If you arrive early, please stay out of our “bicycle  coral.” If you arrive really early, we might even put you to work helping set up.

Before 12 noon, you must bring a bicycle to swap for credit to enter the Swap. After 12 noon, bicycles can be purchased for the value listed, without the need to trade.

The Swap closes at 2 p.m

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Seeking Board Members

Updated March 2019

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) anytime – 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 are updating vision and goals for 2019, keeping our growing shop aligned with our longterm mission of “connecting unused bikes to people who needs wheels.”

We seek Board members who bring a diversity of age, race, cultural background, economic background, and experience. Board members are usually elected to one-year terms each 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 president Kristin Kinnamon at bikenbus @gmail.com or 425-923-7868.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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.