How do I start volunteering with the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective?
It is very easy to start volunteering with the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective through the following steps:
- Sign up here
- Show up
Is that it?
The Bike Collective is a place for self-starters; we can point you into a productive direction, but we don’t have the ability to hold your hand the whole way. If you have ideas, we want to hear them. If you have the will to enact them, we have the tools to help you.
A general list of ideas you can implement to help volunteer:
- Clean things – Sweeping, mopping, and dusting
- Organize things – We are always in need of people who have an eye for organization. This can be as broad or as granular as you like.
- Fix things – Bikes, lights, shelves, anything that’s broken.
- Build shelves
- Make labels – Our drawer and bin labels have seen better years. Bring some tape and a marker and give them a refresh.
- Talk with kids – Kids can never get enough attention.
- Light data entry – Help calculate hour sheets, input email addresses, etc.
- Chat with people at street festivals
- Oh yeah, and you can help fix bikes, too.
The benefits of volunteering
There are four levels of volunteering, and each offer their own benefits.
Volunteer: A volunteer is just somebody who stops in whenever they please and doesn’t commit to anything specific.
Benefits: Volunteer benefits include participating in the work trade program to earn one bike/year and an assortment of used goods from the Bike Collective. Regular volunteers can also trade their volunteer time for additional benefits as they arrive.
Dedicated Volunteer: A dedicated volunteer is somebody who commits to showing up twice a month to put in 6 hours total of volunteer time. A dedicated volunteer is someone we can trust to show up in a reliable fashion.
Benefits: After 6 months of volunteering, a DV can gain access to a small monthly stipend, as well as access to a new parts catalog at a discount. In order to remain a dedicated volunteer, you must volunteer twice a month for a total of 6 hours/month and attend half of all monthly organizational meetings.
Keyholder: A Keyholder is a person who wants to help open the shop. Keyholders are given a key to open the shop and run nights on whatever schedule works best for them. The keyholder position can be acquired after becoming a dedicated volunteer.
Keyholders get an added benefit of new parts at a deeper discount and a larger monthly stipend.
Board Member: Board Members must be active in the Bike Collective for at least 1 year and must be voted in through a yearly collective vote. Board members are expected to show up to all quartly board member meetings.