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Who you know helps Sharing Wheels

By Christy Cowley, Executive Director

Not all of our volunteers refurbish bikes…

Some people can serve as champions of our organization and send a simple email to help us reach our goals. Meet Piper Peterson who did just that last November when we realized we were short on kid bikes for our annual Holiday Kid Bike Giveaway. 

Piper sent an email to her large network of friends requesting gently-used kid bikes and hours later the bike donations came pouring in. The generosity from the community was amazing.

Piper’s support for Sharing Wheels went beyond sending an email.

Thank you, Piper, for spending so many hours collecting, storing, and arranging transport of 87 kid bikes.*  We ultimately met our goal of donating 131 kid bikes to low income families, thanks to Piper and all of the volunteers who helped refurbish donated bikes.

If you have considered volunteering at Sharing Wheels, but have no interest in refurbishing bikes, please reach out to me or join our next monthly volunteer orientation meeting to learn more about the ways you can help Sharing Wheels.

* Much of the credit for transporting kids bikes last year goes to long-time Sharing Wheels volunteer Larry Williamson. He is a stalwart of our kids bike program. Larry and Piper both live in Edmonds – and now they know they have a shared passion for getting bikes to kids.

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Kids Bikes Bring Joy

By Christy Cowley, Executive Director

Thanks to so many of our loyal (and brand new) volunteers who donated much of their time, we managed to successfully gift 118 refurbished kid bikes to deserving families in our community this holiday season.

All the work started back in October when we encouraged neighbors and friends to sign up and help at one of our 19 scheduled workshop parties. The spirit of wanting to help children in need was great and giving back time and energy is what so many of you did.

A total of 39 folks donated 200 hours of their time cleaning, repairing, and distributing the kid bikes just in time for the holidays. Thanks to the generosity of the Stillaguamish Tribe, Sharing Wheels was able to purchase hundreds of new parts to make each bike safe, shiny and ready to ride.

A total of 118 bikes were delivered to non-profit partners including Christmas House, Housing Hope, Domestic Violence Services, Millennia Ministries, and Dawson Place. We are so grateful to these valued nonprofit partners who take the time to successfully match each bike with a family in need.

I cannot end without giving a special ‘shout-out’ to our work party hosts Larry, Tony, and Ion who once again did a spectacular job of leading and mentoring the volunteer crews and keeping everyone well-fueled during their shifts. Thank you, guys, for your continued dedication and willingness to manage the kid-bike holiday program.

There will always be kids who need bikes, so please, everyone, plan on joining us in 2022 for another successful event. Happy holidays and ride safely!

Thursday Work Party

Volunteer to help get bikes ready for low income kids this holiday season. Basic bike mechanic skills and/or repeat volunteers are great, but there’s a job for everyone willing to get greasy. Wear a mask. Bring a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Attendance limited to 5 each night. Sign up for Wait List if first RSVP is full.

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.

Tuesday Work Party

Volunteer to help get bikes ready for low income kids this holiday season. Basic bike mechanic skills and/or repeat volunteers are great, but there’s a job for everyone willing to get greasy. Wear a mask. Bring a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Attendance limited to 5 each night. Sign up for Wait List if first RSVP is full.

Thursday Work Party

Volunteer to help get bikes ready for low income kids this holiday season. Basic bike mechanic skills and/or repeat volunteers are great, but there’s a job for everyone willing to get greasy. Wear a mask. Bring a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Attendance limited to 5 each night. Sign up for Wait List if first RSVP is full.

Tuesday Work Party

Volunteer to help get bikes ready for low income kids this holiday season. Basic bike mechanic skills and/or repeat volunteers are great, but there’s a job for everyone willing to get greasy. Wear a mask. Bring a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Attendance limited to 5 each night. Sign up for Wait List if first RSVP is full.