Featured Charity: The Bicycle Exchange
The Bicycle Exchange, 2566 Leghorn St., Mountain View, CA
A part of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Exchange helps needy families and individuals by repairing and donating used bicycles to partner community service organizations. Bikes benefit needy children as well as homeless individuals by providing transportation from shelters to schools and places of employment.
The Bicycle Exchange meets on selected Saturdays throughout the year to receive, repair, and distribute its inventory of donated bicycles. Their warehouse and workshop are fully outfitted with storage, repair stands, and tools for year-round operation.
New volunteers learn bicycle repair skills by assisting a team of more experienced volunteers. Mechanics always have lots to do and none are paid so they appreciate your effort to clean up your bike before donating it so they can focus on repairs.
SVRG recently volunteered with this group, and we were impressed with how much we learned about bicycle repair in a short amount of time. During our volunteer day, we helped to fix over 45 bicycles for donation, which is a very rewarding feeling.
Bad Tempt-Her, an SVRG newbie says, "I couldn’t have asked for a much more structured and valuable day. The team of experienced volunteers were readily available to provide step-by-step instruction on how to D.I.Y. regardless of the complexity of the repair. Not only did I enjoy the restoration process but I was also able to produce fully functional bicycles to people who will appreciate them most. I will definitely be volunteering or donating again in the near future!" SVRG will be back again soon and we hope to see you there!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
VOLUNTEER to fix up bikes during one of their volunteer service days from 10am to 3pm on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of every month. Individuals and groups are welcome, and if you volunteer 5+ work days during a year you get a T-shirt or shop apron!
DONATE a bicycle, scooter, tricycle, accessories, or even cash to help keep this great volunteer-run organization going – it’s tax deductible!
ORGANIZE a bicycle exchange chapter in your area. The Bike Exchange would like to start up a San Jose Chapter but hasn’t yet found someone with enough time to commit to organizing and running a Bike Exchange Chapter. Interested in helping? Contact them for more info.
Visit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition for more information!