December Volunteer Opportunities

December Volunteer Opportunities

Specific — Holiday Kids Bike Volunteer Opportunities

December is upon us and so is the holiday season! What is new this month? You guessed it….. Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway.

This amazing event brings smiles to participants, families, and volunteers alike. It is truly special to see the support from our community. Whether that be wrenching on bikes, making phone calls, or adopting a bicycle, the buy-in is something to celebrate. Volunteer after volunteer have told me, if you are going to donate your time and support for one BBP event, the Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is the one to do it.

Think back to when you were a kid and you received your very first bicycle. I remember getting my blue Magna mtn. bike complete with gears and sweet bar ends on Christmas morning. Do you think I waited to ride that thing? Of course not. I hopped on and never looked back. Places once too hard to get to became nothing. I still know the ins and outs of my neighborhood and surrounding area like the back of my hand and it is owed entirely to that blue Magna.

We have the opportunity to make those dream bikes a reality. A bicycle in the shape of a dragon? That’s a tricky one, but we will do our best! Come on down for Volunteer Nights (Tuesday and Thursday 6-8pm) to help us fix the remaining 200 bikes.

Day of volunteer shifts are a-plenty. Want to help walk a child and their family through the bike receiving process? Boom, Bike Buddy. Have a knack for finding that exact bike fit? Boom, Bike Fitter. Can you speak another language? Boom, Translator. We have a job for everyone. Registration, traffic control, tasty treat provider, helmet fitter, and more!

Do you drive a vehicle capable of hauling a family in need of transportation? If so, sign up! Last year, 100 of the 400 bikes went unclaimed; a lot of which was attributed to lack of transportation down here to BBP. With our powers combined, we can make this holiday season something truly special for the children of Boise.

Week at a Glance (12/2-12/9) -- The Life and Times of a Volunteer

The journey continues! We have reached 500 kids registered! That is a lot of kids… and bikes. The Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is right around the corner. We have got 375 bikes completed. That means we are still shy another 150-200. All hands on deck!

In addition to wrenching on bikes, we also have other opportunities to help out before the actual event. We need help making phone calls to families confirming they will be receiving a bicycle, as well as their assigned time to receive said bicycle.

Transportation for families is HUGE. If you have a vehicle that is capable of transporting families and/or bicycles and you are willing to help, sign up! We will pair you with a family

Are you an early bird who loves drinking coffee and regulating traffic? This is the job for you! We need some brave volunteers to help us enforce road closures starting at 6 a.m. This is an important job that ACHD requires.

Go HERE to sign up for all volunteer shifts.

Week at a Glance (11/25-12/1)-- The Life and Times of a Volunteer

Hope the Thanksgiving holiday treated everyone nicely. Full bellies and full hearts! Come on down to continue wrenching on kids bikes for the Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway (HKBG) on December 15th. Don’t know how to wrench on a bike but still want to help out? Come on down to our drop-in Volunteer Nights and help make phone calls to families to confirm they WILL be receiving a bicycle OR help input registration information. The Adopt-a-Bicycle is an important part of HKBG. People can choose a bike to adopt for the event. This program helps pay for the cost of fixing the bike, along with helmets, locks, and lights. In order for this to happen, we have to upload all of the drawings online for people to choose from. OR sign up for the pre-event shifts and arrange to make phone calls/registration support on a day/time that works best for your schedule. Totally open to work around your availability. We just need the help!

Excited for the week and excited to continually make progress towards our goal of 500 kids bikes given away!

Week at a Glance -- The Life and Times of a Volunteer

Thanksgiving is almost here! Hope everyone enjoys the holidays and fills up with as much food as they possibly can. The grind continues on our journey to fix 500 kids bikes! We are making our way there slowly but surely. We are approaching 300 in bikes fixed.

As the Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway inches closer and closer, there are some great volunteer opportunities aside from bike mechanics that are available. The registration forms are trickling in and we need some help plugging in all of the information in order to assign each kid their DREAM bicycle. We also need some help reaching out to families to let them know they WILL be receiving a bicycle.

Pre-event Volunteer Opps:

  • Registration Support

    • Help scan/organize/upload registration forms online

    • Adopt-a-bike program support

  • Family Outreach

    • Be the first person to confirm times, details, and information regarding day-of-event.

Sign up for shifts

http://boisebicycleproject.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=33672

Week at a Glance -- The Life and Times of a Volunteer

Thanks to the generous donation of four additional storage containers from PODS, we now have a much stronger grasp on what still needs to be done before the Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway. With this additional space, we were able to fully organize kids bikes of all sizes, colors, and designs!

So how many bikes do we have completed and organized…??? The magic number is.. 244! Which means, we still need to fix A LOT more if we want to meet our goal of 500 bikes. So how do you, a volunteer, factor in? Well, come on down! Tuesday and Thursdays down here at BBP is the place to be! We always get our hands dirty and jam out to good tunes. As the holiday season starts to approach, we begin to see an influx of tasty treats. Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, candy, Oh My! Come join us Tues/Thurs 6-8pm.

We need your help to reach our goal of 500!!

Week at a glance -- The Life and Times of a Volunteer

Week at a glance -- The Life and Times of a Volunteer

Ok… we FINALLY turned a corner and got the upper hand on the bikes we received during the One Day Bike Drive last month where we took in over 800 bikes! That is a lot of bikes.

This week volunteers lifted, loaded, unloaded, organized, re-organized, and lifted more bikes. We jammed to tunes A big thank you to Lost Grove Brewing for letting us use their box truck to make hauls from the shop to our storage units.

November Volunteer Opportunities

November Volunteer Opportunities

‘Tis the season to hit the greenbelt and enjoy the fall colors. Make sure you get out and enjoy the last bit of nice riding weather. As the season starts to turn, so does our focus. Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is QUICKLY approaching. We have been in kids bike mode now for the past three weeks and will be continuing up until the day of the event, Saturday, December 15th. This is an AMAZING event that you do not want to miss. We shut down the entire street and fill it with families, kids, bikes, and smiles!

October Volunteer Opportunities

We are mixing up our Volunteer Night on October 4th. Rather than our normal Volunteer Night in the shop, we will be meeting at BBP at 5:30pm and doing a group ride to Whitney Community Center (1609 S Owyhee St, Boise, ID 83705) along with the Mobile Fix-It trailer. We will fix flats, adjust brakes, and hang at the community center from 6-8pm. Lights and helmet encouraged! If you are unable to meet at BBP for the group ride, feel free to meet us down there. Go HERE to sign up for our Mobile Repair/Volunteer Night.

 

Our last Kids BASH of the year will take place Saturday, October 13th from 9-11 a.m. This is an awesome opportunity to work directly with the people we serve and see the smile a new bike can bring to a kid’s face. For those not familiar, the Kids B.A.S.H. (bicycle and safety hour) is a monthly give-away where, with the help of our stellar volunteer team, we're able to donate 30-40 bikes back to our community's youth. Kids receive not only a bicycle, but also a helmet, a bike lock and lights, then complete a safety course before taking the bike home!

Go HERE to sign up for our Kids B.A.S.H.

 

It is our goal here at BBP to create the most enjoyable volunteer experience as possible. We want you to progress and improve your mechanically ability. We will be starting our “Volunteer Pathways” program offering classes and the ability to obtain 4 separate certifications – Take-a-part, wheels, kids bikes, and adult bikes. This “Volunteer Pathways” program is a way to track your progress within the volunteer program and gives you the ability to teach new volunteers as they come in. The class will take place the first hour of our regularly scheduled Volunteer Nights, which run from 6-8pm.

October Class Schedule: 

Kids Bikes October 16th and October 23rd