Thursday, February 9, 2012

Community Cycles Volunteer Opportunities (Boulder, CO)

Boulder's Community Cycles has a great Build-a-Bike program for young people that my son attended, it a a great community resource.
Wouldn't this be a great org to support with your volunteer time (and, if you need the experience, it would give you something fun to talk about on your resume)!


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From: Community Cycles <>
Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Subject: 2012 Volunteer Opportunities

Community Cycles
2805 Wilderness Place Suite 1000
Boulder, CO 80301
Community Cycles
Happy New Year everyone,
Brett Schager
In case you'd forgotten how magical volunteering at Community Cycles is, we are reminding you that it's as magical as Harry Potter or getting money after you do your taxes. We have lots of plans for volunteers in the new year and would like to share some of our hopes, joys and dreams with you.

Below are a number of different ways you can become involved in Community Cycles, either through one-time events like our Kids Holiday Bike Give-Away or regular volunteering in our community bike shop. We hope to get many more people on bikes in 2012 and need your help to do so.

 Below are upcoming volunteer opportunities for 2012, facilitator trainings, workshops, and events we'd like to participate in. Most events will have more information as they get closer, but I have given known dates and times so you can start planning now.

We encourage you all to become Community Cycles members and help us reach our goal of doubling our membership this year. Your membership helps us keep cycling strong in Boulder.

These are certainly not all of the events happening this year, and all will have more information as they come up, but we hope that you resolve to volunteer more in 2012 and help keep our programs afloat. Thanks for all your support.

Brett Schager

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Community Cycles

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:


We always need more high-level volunteers, called facilitators. They help us run our programs, particularly activities going on in our main shop. The best way to get started as a facilitator is to come to trainings. Stay involved and voice your opinions about the organization by coming to our monthly facilitator meetings, which will take place the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. (The next one is Feb. 22).

If you would like to volunteer, we require a commitment schedule, ideally one 3-hour shift per week. To learn more, please visit our volunteer page.


Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

This person will work with Community Cycles' Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator to recruit, schedule, train and engage volunteers. This includes tracking volunteers in our database, and communicating with new and existing volunteers on a regular basis. Hours are flexible and may require attendance at activities and events.

Outreach Coordinator Assistant

This person will work with Community Cycles' Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator to plan and staff events, service projects, and other activities. Hours are flexible and may require attendance at activities and events hosted.

Membership Program Assistant

This person will be based out of Community Cycles' main shop. The intern will help Community Cycles staff with the membership program, including developing and increasing our membership base. The intern will also perform office duties associated with the membership program, such as phone calls, mailings, tabling and maintenance of a computer database.

Graphic Designer

This person will work with the Community Cycles staff to design posters, flyers, leaflets, handouts and other marketing media. It will involve proofing documents for style, designing promotional materials and updating existing promotional materials. Most work can be done from home and hours can be flexible, but most projects will have deadlines. 

Marketing Intern

This person will work with Community Cycles staff and volunteers to assist with marketing for the organization. Community Cycles hosts over a dozen programs and is also a retail shop with sales, service and memberships. The intern will assist with promoting advocacy items, our retail shop, our programs and our membership base.

Web Development

This position involves design and development help with our website. Our executive director currently does all our webmaster work, so we are seeking some skilled people to assist us, even just critiquing and giving feedback. Experience with Joomla! and PHP/MySQL is ideal. We are interested in short- or long-term help with our website. Feel free to lend a hand if you are able.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Cycles intern, email a resume to


I have been working on this for some time and never had a means to distribute it. This includes our policies and procedures, as well as descriptions of volunteer roles. I will update this as new information comes in, and any policies are subject to change at any time and are subject to review by our board of directors. I hope you find this helpful. It is a Google Document that can be accessed here.


For more information, go to our Facilitator Training page.

New Donations Facilitator Trainings (teaching bike mechanics)
2nd Sunday of every month @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 12 @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 @ 10:30 a.m.
Greeter Facilitator Trainings (office work, retail/customer service)
Every Saturday @ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 28 @ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 @ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wheel Instructor Facilitator Trainings (teaching bike mechanics)
Third Tuesday of every month @ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m.

Instructor and Retail/Customer Service Trainings


Check out our next workshop and learn how to convert an old bike to a single-speed! Sign up here. 

  • Saturday, Jan. 28 – Single-Speed Conversion
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 – Winter Cycling
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 – Drivetrain Cleaning
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 – Derailleurs and Shifters
  • Saturday, Feb. 25 – Wheel Truing
  • Saturday, March 3 – Bike Cargo
  • Saturday, March 10 – Bike Touring
  • Saturday, March 17 – TBA
  • Saturday, March 24 – Bike Basics
  • Saturday, March 31 – Derailleurs and Shifters


Community Cycles is always looking to add valuable, qualified people to our board. The Community Cycles board provides guidance to the organization and works on strategic planning, budgeting and policy. We are currently seeking a board Treasurer, but are also open to board members who bring special skills like retail and nonprofit management, marketing and fundraising. If you would like to learn more about serving on the Community Cycles board, please contact Sue Prant at

Upcoming Events


We will host another annual rolling bike clinic tour to a number of low-income and bike-friendly neighborhoods around Boulder. We will hold at least two trainings for those interested in participating in multiple rolling bike clinics over the summer.

We are hosting them on the following dates:
  • Saturday, May 5 – San Juan del Centro
  • Saturday, May 12 – Mapleton Mobile Home Park
  • Saturday, May 19 – Orchard Grove Mobile Home Park
  • Saturday, May 26 – Kalmia (BHP)
  • Sunday, June 3 – Broadway East (BHP)
  • Sunday, June 10 – Goss Grove
  • Sunday June 17 – San Lazaro
  • Saturday, July 14 – Meadows Trailer Park
  • Saturday, July 21 – Madison Public Housing
Tentative training dates:
  • Saturday, April 28 – RBC Training
  • Saturday, June 2 – RBC Training
  • Saturday, July 7 – RBC Training


We will be helping to mark off the course for the B-360 again this year and need volunteers to spray-paint (calling all closet graffiti artists) along the route and hang signs close to event day.


For those of you who love running (although biking is by far superior), it would be great to get a group of CC supporters to wear CC T-shirts as they participate in this event. Events like this are great in groups!


We will be hosting or participating in a variety of events around Earth Day. Come help us table at environmentally friendly events.


We will have many events in June for Walk and Bike Month and many opportunities to volunteer, including doing outreach at the Farmer's Market, working at a Bike to Work Day breakfast station, and doing safety and education events.


We would like to host valet bike parking at the Boulder Jewish Festival again. We will need tablers and people to help with the bike valet. We had a low turnout last year and need people to help make it more prominent this year.


Last year Community Cycles was the beneficiary of this event and over 1,200 people attended. We need over 40 volunteers to serve beer, park bikes and supervise beer games. We will need a few lead volunteers for each volunteer position to attend a planning meeting and oversee volunteers at the event. Hurry – these volunteer slots go fast!


On the 4th of July, Parenting Place hosts a kids' bike parade downtown. Last year we offered bike safety checks and tabled. We would like to do so again this year and really spread the word about being there to check kids' bikes for safety.


We missed the CU Volunteer fair last year, which is quite a pity. We want to have a strong presence there with excited tablers to talk about their great experiences with Community Cycles and explain how rewarding it is to volunteer with us (with a straight face!). A large portion of Boulder is made up of students, and some are not working and have free time to volunteer and learn more about cycling at the same time. Let's recruit some volunteers! We will also be tabling at the Naropa Volunteer fair.


We'd like to have a booth at Pridefest this year to support diversity.


We'll be at VeloSwap again this year in late October. We'll need a few people to help us table, and sell bikes and parts. Volunteers should have a strong background buying/selling parts and pricing them.


We will host our 7th giveaway in December (tentatively Saturday, Dec. 16 this year) and plan to give away about 300 bikes. To step up our game this year, we would like to begin refurbishing kids' bikes earlier and have a place to store them, reach out to businesses to give matching donations, and advertise to more communities to give away more bikes.

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