Wow, how August flew by! It is hard to believe that it is already time for September's New Volunteer Orientation! Our Volunteer Orientation signup form was out of commission until recently as our website underwent its overhaul, so I hope we'll still have a solid group of new Volunteers in the shop tonight! If you have been unable to register, don't let that keep you away! Come on down to the shop tonight at 6pm for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Boise Bicycle Project and to learn how you can participate as a volunteer!
With Summertime craziness behind us, school back in session, Kids BASH season still in full swing and the Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway coming up quick, now is a great time to get started as a BBP Volunteer! We're going to need all hands on deck to meet our goal and give away 300 kids bikes on that special day in December! Working on kids bikes is a perfect way to learn and hone your mechanical skills, so hopefully you're ready to get your hands dirty! There are innumerable other reasons that working on kids bikes matters. Check out my recent blog post for five of mine.
However, there is much more to volunteering with BBP than working on kids bikes. We host and support many big events throughout the year and these are great opportunities to spread the word about who we are and what we do at BBP while having a great time! From the Bike Valet Parking at the Treefort Music Fest, The Bike Builder's Gallery, Pedal 4 The People, the annual circus known as Tour de Fat and others, there are fun special events scattered throughout the calendar. We rely on volunteers to make these events a success and they are a heck of a lot of fun too!
We also really appreciate our volunteers who come in to help out during open shop hours! Volunteer support is hugely helpful to help keep the parts room organized, assist our staff facilitators and answer customers' questions. Open hours volunteers are always a huge boost to the shop's productivity!
Regardless of your wrenching ability or bike knowledge, there is a role for everyone at BBP. We are working hard every day to make Boise the best city it can be to ride a bike, so if you believe in that goal you'll find a place here. I'm excited to see some new faces at orientation tonight and keep building our awesome volunteer corps!