Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Bike Kitchen! We welcome volunteers of any skill level. The Bike Kitchen is a 100% volunteer-run organization — we depend on the generous efforts of volunteers. Your role as a volunteer will be defined by your specific skills and interest, and we regularly have volunteer tasks that require no mechanical experience.
Our shop is open to everybody, regardless of what they can or cannot afford, and some parts or the cost of a membership can be earned through volunteering. 6 hours of volunteer time will get you a one-year membership, and 12 hours will earn you digging rights to build a complete bike. We also offer community service credit for school.
Simply drop into the shop 15 minutes before a shift open hours to start volunteering. We take volunteers on a strictly first come, first served basis. We typically cannot take more than three or four volunteers during any one shift, so arriving at the shop as close to the beginning of a shift as possible is best. Please be prepared to volunteer for a minimum of one hour.
Absolutely! If you are an experienced mechanic, we almost always have a place for you to drop in, regardless of how many other volunteers we have that day. Please visit our wiki page at to read about the mechanic requirements, and feel free to drop into the shop at any time to speak with one of us and jump in.