Volunteering at Revolutions is a requirement. We are a bicycle shop led by and inspired by volunteer efforts, and the shop is only as strong and vibrant as our volunteer workforce.
Candidates for membership at Revolutions must complete a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer service at the shop during normal shop hours. This service is designed to help new members become familiar with tool use and basic bicycle maintenance.
When you come to the shop to volunteer, this is what you can expect to do:
- Disassemble a bicycle
Not all bicycles that are donated to Revolutions can be used. Many of the bicycles donated to the shop are used to teach our volunteers how to properly remove all the parts and components commonly found on bicycles. The parts from such bicycles are often used to stock our inventory of reusable parts while the frames are recycled through local scrap yards.
- Disassemble a wheel
Volunteers will learn the proper way to disassemble a wheel and learn how its components work together to form one of the most important systems on a bicycle. Parts are integrated into our inventory.
- Disassemble a hub
Volunteers learning about the bicycle’s rotational systems will disassemble a hub. Parts are integrated into our inventory.
- Repair a bicycle
Volunteers will complete a basic repair on bicycles leased to guests staying at the Pilgrim House Hostel.
- Shop Maintenance
Volunteers can expect to spend at least two hours participating in special construction projects, cleaning the shop, sorting and integrating parts into inventory, doing light carpentry work or painting.
If you’d like to contribute as a volunteer in some other way, please let us know! We’d love to have you! There are a variety of other tasks for volunteers to perform at Revolutions, so if you have any questions about volunteering feel free to email us.