Volunteer spotlight: Joseph Boquiren
Joseph came by a Drop-In Night last October and has been contributing his skills and creativity ever since. He brings such positive energy to our Tuesday volunteer nights, repairing kids bicycles and helping with projects ranging from painting to transportation. A gifted illustrator, Joseph is currently creating custom illustrations to enhance our materials for the 2009 Holiday Bike Drive and after-school Bike Clubs.
How did you start volunteering here?
I just dropped in on the new volunteer orientation night. Myself and the rest of the newbies got to working on tearing apart bikes. That was a lot of fun.
Why do you volunteer here?
My old job entailed my working closely with over 130 people. After getting laid off, it was like being dropped into a social vacuum. I needed to find another way to be among people.
What is your favorite program? Why?
I like the Holiday Bike Drive. It gets the next generation of cyclists started on riding. Helping kids become cyclists fosters a possible lifelong connection with the bike and bike advocacy.
Any hobbies or passions you’d like to share?
I race on inline skates, on road bikes, on the velodrome, and on ice skates. I like going around in circles really fast. I keeps me feeling young and dizzy. Oh, I also like to illustrate.