How to Start
How to Start
We are a 100% volunteer-operated 501c3 nonprofit organization. All volunteers must start by attending a volunteer orientation night where you will sign a waiver, fill out emergency contact information, learn about the mission of Village Bicycle Cooperative, learn our shop procedures, learn more about the types of volunteer opportunities available in the shop, and get a general tour of the shop and tools. After attending an orientation, then you can come to any volunteer or Fix-it-Forward night to sharpen your skills while helping safety check bicycles, scrap bicycles, repair bicycles, or help with general maintenance. Always check our calendar to see currently scheduled volunteer orientation nights.
Most Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00(ish) are volunteer nights, where volunteers safety check and repair bicycles while sharpening their knowledge of bicycle repair through the mentoring of the volunteer night lead. Always check our calendar to see currently scheduled volunteer nights.
These are hours where volunteers focus on safety checking and repairing bicycles that will be donated to those in need through our regional partner social service agencies. These are no different from volunteer nights except that the bikes we work on will be donated to those in need rather than being resold in our shop.