Volunteers are the hub of our organization
Bikes for the World relies on a huge network of volunteers to help impact a great number of beneficiaries worldwide. Whether you need hours for school, work, or just want to volunteer check out the ways you can help:
View our current calendar of volunteer opportunities.
Join us in the warehouse to help prep bikes for shipping overseas. No prior bike knowledge necessary; we will show you what you need to know! Come out and get familiar with basic bike parts and tools and help others overseas while you do.
Prepping bikes for shipping involves taking the pedals off and loosening handlebars and other parts that make the bikes taller or wider. By reducing the footprint of our bikes we are able to pack more into a shipping container,therefore increasing the value of the donation.
The warehouse is open 1-2 times a week and usually open to individual volunteers. See the current list of volunteer opportunities.
Bikes for the World packs about 500 bikes into a single shipping container when donating bikes to a partner overseas. Volunteers help load the bikes, pack parts, and prep bikes for shipments (see above)
We load containers 2-4 times a month and the jobs involved range from as simple as rolling a bike from the warehouse to the shipping container to actually lifting and packing the bikes into the trailer.
Sponsor your very own bike collection. You pick the location, date, and time and we supply the tools, training, and remove the bikes at the end of the day.
This is a fun activity for a group, school, or faith organization that involves community outreach and a fun, meaningful hands-on activity for volunteers. Work with Bikes for the World to find bikes in your community that will be donated around the world impacting lives in remote villages in Ghana, El Salvador, or schools in the Philippines.
- Drivers – pick up bikes from collections and deliver them to storage facilities in Rockville and Northern Virginia, using rental 15’ box trucks.
- Office Volunteers – from database management to stuffing envelopes
- Marketing – help get the word out, pass out flyers, talk to apartment managers, video production, photographers…