Volunteer Spotlight: Joseph Rosevear
Joseph joined us this spring, and over the past few months has given over 70 hours while bringing an enthusiastic, thoughtful energy to our volunteer community. He helped us offer safety education and quick fixes at Sunday Parkways, led some amazing rides for youth at Cycle Oregon Weekend, and he and his son Lucas are a fixture at our Tuesday Drop-In Nights. As if that’s not enough, Joseph just signed on to help facilitate one of our after-school Bike Clubs this fall. What a superstar!
How long have you been volunteering at the Community Cycling Center? How did you start? Since May 2009. I learned about the Community Cycling Center through a bike drive at one of the local REI stores a number of years ago. Recently I got back into cycling and started bike commuting. Volunteering with the Community Cycling Center seemed like a great way to learn more about bikes and get involved with Portlandâ€™s bike community.
What sort of volunteer work do you do?
Anything that needs to be done that Iâ€™m able to help out with. So far I have been able to volunteer at the Cycle Oregon Weekend Bike Camp, Sunday Parkways, and am looking forward to helping out this fall with Bike Club. My twelve-year-old son and I love to attend the Tuesday Drop-In Nights and help work on the bikes for the Holiday Bike Drive.
Why do you volunteer here?
I enjoy the atmosphere and being able to contribute to the community. All of the people connected to the Community Cycling Center are awesome to work with and a big part of the reason I always look forward to the next time I can be involved.
What is your favorite Community Cycling Center program?
It would be tough to pick a favorite as each event is so different and great in its own way. The Cycle Oregon Weekend Bike Camp is definitely near the top. Getting a chance to ride with the kids, other volunteers, and the Community Cycling Center staff was fantastic. It did not matter if we were riding for two miles or twenty; the kids’ love of riding was contagious. Tuesday Drop-In nights also rank high because they give me a great chance to connect with my son and for us to work together doing something fun.
What is your dream bike?
Any bike I’m currently riding. It’s more about the experience.
What do you do when you’re not here?
I love to ride with my family when I have a chance. My son and I recently finished both the Bridge Pedal and the Portland half century. We are also looking forward to bike camping and doing some long distance bicycle touring.