Volunteering at Sharing Wheels

Do you want to hang out with fun people, help clean, repair or otherwise do things with bikes, or support our outreach and marketing needs?

If you haven’t volunteered with us before, please complete a volunteer application . We also encourage you to attend a Volunteer Orientation.

Volunteer Orientation

5:30 p.m. third Wednesdays

Learn about our organization and the ways you can help. Register for our monthly Volunteer Orientation on our Calendar page. We’ll send you the Zoom link.

To learn more about volunteering give us a call at (425) 252-6952, stop by the shop during open hours, or email Executive Director Christy Cowley.

Types of Volunteer Positions

In-Shop Volunteers

Some volunteers take a weekly shift doing customer service or bike repairs in the shop. Contact Executive Director Christy Cowley to learn more.

On Sundays anyone can help with special projects or bike repair. See the Calendar to RSVP for upcoming opportunities (or just drop in if nothing is scheduled).

Outreach Volunteers

We need both customer service and mechanical volunteers to staff our mobile bike repair clinics and events throughout Snohomish County.

Event volunteers help represent Sharing Wheels by staffing a table, making minor bike (or walker!) repairs, and picking up or returning materials to the shop.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Want a fun way for your service club or group to give back and build teamwork? We are happy to schedule special work sessions for groups of 5 to 10 adults or older youth. Workshops are typically 3 to 4 hours long.

An experienced Sharing Wheels staff member or volunteer will introduce you to basic bike repair – from cleaning to fixing flats – or another targeted shop task.

Contact Executive Director Christy Cowley to discuss details.

Work at Home Volunteers

If you are more comfortable working in your own garage or shop, experienced mechanics may take bikes home to work on. We’ll send you off with the parts you need to refurbish a bike (or two).

Loaner bike stands and specialty tools may also be requested. You’ll need to complete our Volunteer Application, and talk to shop staff in person.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Customer service volunteers

These are friendly folks able to work a 3-hour shift one day each week (or every other week – flexible). Mechanical experience not required. Duties include:

  • Answer the phone, greets walk-in clients, donors, and visitors
  • Assist customers with bike, parts, accessory sales
  • Assists bike donors – ensures kiosk form completed, bike processed
  • Rings in sales and donations using Square – after background check*
  • Keeps front desk area clean, puts away excess parts / stock

As time and interest allow:

  • Bike repairs: perform minor repairs, if desired
  • Update bike inventory tracking using computer

Mechanical volunteers

If you want to learn or practice bike mechanic skills, this role is for you. We have weekly shifts, or drop in to help when you have time. Beginning, intermediate and advanced bike mechanic duties:

  • Refurbish bikes for sale
  • Assist with customer repairs
  • Help walk-in customers with repairs
  • Keep work area clean, tools put away
  • Track work on white tag. Include a note on status at end of shift

We offer free mechanic training for volunteers – both informally and through classes.

Email or call us to learn more: sharingwheels@gmail.com or (425) 252-6952

Administrative & Promotional Volunteers

Do you use social media? We could use your help with Facebook posts and photos. You can also build computer skills by entering data and managing files. Other duties may include creating and delivering marketing materials, acknowledging donors, event planning, and organizing donations. Best if you can commit regular time weekly or monthly for consistency.