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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.

Holiday Open House

Join us at the shop to celebrate another successful year of “keeping people and bikes moving.”

  • Meet shop staff & board members
  • See the tally of bikes donated and repaired
  • Tour the shop & get some great gift ideas
  • Make final bids in our Velo Art auction

We’ll have hot apple cider, holiday treats and music to get you in the spirit, plus some Sharing Wheels trivia as we kickoff our 20th year.

Drop in anytime during the event. After 6:30 p.m., Santa’s elves will be busy fixing kids bikes – our final push to repair and donate more than 100 bikes to families in need for the holidays.

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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.

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Seeking Board Members

Do you care about sustainable transportation, serving diverse people in need, and making a difference in your community? 

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is seeking volunteers for our nonprofit board of directors. For the past few years, Sharing Wheels has been in a period of change and growth.

We seek 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

Here’s the board_application (PDF) – mail or bring to shop anytime.

The board currently meets monthly via Zoom. Elections to 1-year terms are held in January at our annual meeting. Board appointments can also happen anytime. Right now, we seeking candidates for the 2022 election who will serve 1 to 3 years.

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.

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

Board Meeting

The Sharing Wheels Board of Directors generally meets monthly. Meetings are open to the public. Board meetings are usually 6:30-9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Due to COVID, meetings are being held via Zoom. If you would like to attend,  contact Board President Kristin Kinnamon.

Board Meeting

The Sharing Wheels Board of Directors generally meets monthly. Meetings are open to the public. Board meetings are usually 6:30-9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Due to COVID, meetings are being held via Zoom. If you would like to attend,  contact Board President Kristin Kinnamon.

Board Meeting

The Sharing Wheels Board of Directors generally meets monthly. Meetings are open to the public. Board meetings are usually 6:30-9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Due to COVID, meetings are being held via Zoom. If you would like to attend,  contact Board President Kristin Kinnamon.