Special volunteer projects – more than cleaning bikes!
By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator
Last week, I attended my first volunteer orientation on Tuesday night. Along with getting to see the great new faces interested in joining our volunteer team, I got to chat with several current volunteers about some of the special projects they are tackling in our bike shop. It is because of these great volunteers that our shop has increased its storage space and improved the organization of supplies. We really can’t thank our volunteers enough! Here’s a quick introduction to these volunteers, and the special projects they have worked on:
Special Project: Installed 3 metal shelving units to hold used parts
Shop Impact: This project increased both the organization of our used parts selection, and the aesthetics of our retail space.
Why do you volunteer with the Community Cycling Center?Alex started volunteering with us after getting involved with a Youth in Action program at his school, and he used to fix up BMX bikes, so the Community Cycling Center seemed like a good fit. Daniel and Yaro came with him to Tuesday Drop-In Nights. Now they all volunteer every Tuesday night! They pick up special projects whenever they are asked because sometimes they need a break from all the bike fixin’.
Special Projects: Cleaned the used parts boxes, lots and lots of laminating!
Shop Impact: Used bike parts tend to cover every surface with thick, black grime. Now our used parts bins are shining like new!
Why do you volunteer with the Community Cycling Center? Pao wanted to learn more about building his own bike, and Tuesday Drop-In Nights are a great opportunity to learn about bicycle mechanics. Puanani, Pao’s mother, joins him at Drop-In Nights and really enjoys working on special projects.
Shop Impact: He increased the storage capacity at each work bench. With the labels, staff and volunteers can quickly find what they need to refurbish a bike.
Why did you choose the Community Cycling Center? “It is all about community building. It is an active way to be a part of the community, and a great way to meet people in an awesome environment.”
Jerome is now working on coordinating the Rosewood Bike and Safety Fair that is happening on May 19th on SE 162nd and Stark.
If you are interested in learning more about Tuesday Drop-In Nights, or volunteering with the Community Cycling Center, please contact Randi Orth at Randi@CommunityCyclingCenter.org
Photos by Noel Mickelberry