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Board wants help with big goals

By Kristin Kinnamon, board member

The Sharing Wheels Board spent the last six months of 2023 in a strategic planning process facilitated by the Community Foundation of Snohomish County.

Board members found it fairly easy to agree on our updated vision (for the world we’d like to help create) and our top 3 goals for the coming few years (see below). What will be harder is implementing our strategies and tactics to reach those goals.

We welcome volunteers and supporters to be part of our efforts. You might join a committee, give input at a stakeholder meeting, or share your professional expertise or community connections.

Your first chance to be involved is at our Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the shop. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

You can also email Executive Director Christy Cowley or talk to Shop Manager Ed Roos in person at the shop.


Vision: A Snohomish County where anyone can ride, fix and recycle a bikeSharing Wheels Community Bike Shop

Goal 1 : Establish a Sharing Wheels location that meets the needs of staff, volunteers, customers and stakeholders

Strategy: Define what we need in a location with input from staff, volunteers, customers and stakeholders

Goal 2: A bike shop staffed with enthusiastic and highly skilled employees and volunteers

Strategy: Nurture and train current employees and volunteers

Goal 3: A trusted bike shop that provides reliable bikes, parts & accessories along with friendly expertise

Strategy: Process bikes and other donations in a timely and cost-effective manner

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New vision and goals for 2024

Sharing Wheels Board of Directors

Vision: A Snohomish County where anyone can ride, fix and recycle a bike

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop

Goal 1 : Establish a Sharing Wheels location that meets the needs of staff, volunteers, customers and stakeholders

Strategy: Define what we need in a location with input from staff, volunteers, customers and stakeholders

Goal 2: A bike shop staffed with enthusiastic and highly skilled employees and volunteers

Strategy: Nurture and train current employees and volunteers

Goal 3: A trusted bike shop that provides reliable bikes, parts & accessories along with friendly expertise

Strategy: Process bikes and other donations in a timely and cost-effective manner


The Sharing Wheels Board spent the last six months of 2023 in a strategic planning process facilitated by the Community Foundation of Snohomish County.

Board members found it fairly easy to agree on our updated vision (for the world we’d like to help create) and our top 3 goals for the coming few years (see below). What will be harder is implementing our strategies and tactics to reach those goals.

We welcome volunteers and supporters to be part of our efforts. You might join a committee, give input at a stakeholder meeting, or share your professional expertise or community connections.

Your first chance to be involved is at our Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the shop. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

You can also email Executive Director Christy Cowley or talk to Shop Manager Ed Roos in person at the shop.

Sharing Wheels Board Meeting

The Sharing Wheels Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of most months. Meetings are generally at the Sno-Isle Food Coop. Anyone interested in our nonprofit is welcome to attend.

Public comment may be limited to the first part of the meeting, depending on the agenda.

Contact Executive Director Christy Cowley for exact meeting time.

Annual Meeting & Elections

Our annual meeting is a chance to celebrate our successes, set goals for the future, and select board members to lead Sharing Wheels in 2023.

Anyone who supports Sharing Wheels is encouraged to attend – volunteers, donors, customers. Dinner will be provided.

Meeting is at Sno Isle Food Coop, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett.

The agenda includes review and adoption of the 2023 budget and board member nominations and election.

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Seeking Board Members

Ready for a new challenge in 2023 that will develop your professional skills while helping the community?

If you care about people, affordable and sustainable transportation, and making a difference in your community, consider serving on the Sharing Wheels board of directors.

It’s an exciting time to be part of our 20-year-old nonprofit. Right now, we seeking candidates for the 2023 election in January who will serve 1 to 3 years. Here’s the board_application (PDF) .

We want Board members who bring a diversity of age, race, cultural background, economic background, and experience, such as:

  • Business or retail management
  • Nonprofit and community connections
  • Finance or fundraising
  • Homeless and social services
  • Lived experience in overcoming challenges such as addiction or homelessness

Board president Kristin Kinnamon is happy to discuss the board role and answer any questions via email, phone, Zoom or by meeting in-person at the shop.

The board meets monthly in downtown Everett – Zooming in is an option. The Board Responsibilities (PDF) document describes the basic expectations of our board, along with links to background documents such as our Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation, Annual Report, Budget, and Board Member Agreement.

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Moving Ahead (but not moving)

By Kristin Kinnamon, Board President

After 15 years in our current location inside the Broadway Mall building, many of us have been excited by the prospect of moving to new space down the hall. Volunteers and staff have spent many hours mapping out how we’d fit bikes, volunteers and services in this more retail-oriented location.

The more serious we got about the move, the more concerned we got that it wasn’t the right fit, period. Our monthly costs would double, easy access to the garage and parking lot would be gone, and our work would still be spread across 3 different rooms.

Ultimately, after reviewing the benefits, downsides, and risks of a move, Executive Director Christy Cowley recommended that we “bloom in place.” It’s a strategy that invests in major improvements, but keeps our focus on accomplishing our mission rather than making rent.

A grant from the City of Everett is expected to help pay for a new see-through garage door and more direct entrance off our back alley.

We’ll work to brighten up the garage so it can be a more welcoming community space. Shop Coordinator Aaron Taht and volunteers continue to organize and reconfigure things inside the shop, with the goal of making more efficient use of space to everyone’s benefit – more work stations for volunteers, parts and tools easier to find, less excess and rarely-used stuff in our main shop (you can help by shopping at our March 26 Garage Sale.)

We are committed to working with our landlord to pursue investments in lighting, plumbing, electrical and other improvements to the shop and garage.

Finally, rather than street-front visibility, we plan to invest in our virtual presence. The goal is getting all our ready-to-ride bikes online with photos and basic information to draw customers into the shop.

Bottom line: Sharing Wheels is moving ahead, but not moving. In addition to “blooming in place,” we are excited to put time and resources into mission-based activities like bike repair clinics in the community, a monthly educational booth at the Everett Farmers Market, and connecting even more bikes to people who need them.

Thanks for your continuing support in our 20th year as a nonprofit.

Things We Need:

  • Volunteers to staff events on weekends
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Milk crates
  • Customers – tell your friends and family about Sharing Wheels

If you can help, email Executive Director Christy Cowley or call the shop at 425-252-6952.

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Year-End Giving

By Kristin Kinnamon, Board President

Sharing Wheels would not have made it through the COVID challenges of 2020 without a doubling of support from our donors and supporters.

We still need your support. As we enter the winter months, our bike sales slow and our bank account drops. Our budget relies on one thing to maintain our free programs, staff and open shop: You.

You may already be a volunteer, a bike donor, or a customer. We hope you will be a financial donor as well. Give a little if that’s all your budget allows, or give more to help cover for people who can’t donate as much.

Our goal is raising $15,000 to keep people and bikes moving.

All donations made by Dec. 20 will be matched by our board and supporters, so your money goes twice as far.*

How do your donations impact people’s lives? Bikes bring joy, get people places, develop skills, build community.

“I rode the bike everywhere and every single day, for appointments,  groceries … I came home wet on rainy days, but the fun part – me and my kids love getting wet in rain.” –

Prapti, recipient of a bike and trailer through our Community Bikes program
  • $30 fixes a kids bike – we’re giving away 100+ kids bikes for the holidays
  • $50 covers minor repairs & parts to get someone back on the road
  • $100 gives a Community Bike, lock, lights and helmet to an adult in need
  • $150 sends our Mobile Repair Clinic out to fix bikes for free

We welcome gifts at all levels. The board has also set goals to get

  • 30 gifts of $50
  • 10 past donors to increase their gift to $100

Come by the shop anytime to see your gifts at work. Some of my favorite moments this past year have been watching our customers and clients help each other – like when the homeless guy helped a woman load her new bike in her car as his way of giving back for a free repair, or when amateur mechanics crowd around a bike trying to diagnose a problem.

Your support of Sharing Wheels makes these interactions possible. Thank you for keeping people and bikes moving.

*All gifts up to $7,500 will be matched by additional donations from our supporters. You may also work for a company that does corporate matching, such as Boeing, Microsoft or Salesforce.

See our 2020 Annual Report. Save the date for our Annual Meeting & Elections: Jan. 26 via Zoom.