Load a Container

Loadings

Loadings also offer a rewarding experience for groups and can be scheduled in connection with a collection or as a sole project. Loading opportunities are fun and range in skill from easy to moderate. Bikes for the World ships about 20 containers a year each filled with over 500 bicycles destined for our partner projects overseas such as The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana and FINCA Costa Rica. Volunteers are needed to help roll bikes onto these 40 foot shipping containers. Duties include rolling bikes onto the container, stacking bikes in the container, and processing bikes, whichever role best suits your ability. There is something for everyone! Training and guidance is available from a BfW staffer. See some examples below. Schedule your group to assist a loading.

Peace Corps Panama Friends
Peace Corps Panama Friends is the alumni association of "returned Peace Corps volunteers, who continue to provide support to Panama and to the Peace Corps' "third goal" of promoting understanding within the United States of volunteers' original country of service. PCPF has loaded six containers of bicycles, sewing machines, and other donated equipment destined for Bikes for the World's partner in Panama, the Panamanian Association of Goodwill Industries.

Cyprus Friendship Program
The CYP brings teens from the Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking communities of Cyprus to spend a summer in the Washington DC area, where they get to know each other and learn peace-building and team-building skills while living with host American families. Read more about this unique team building experience on our blog.

 

Loading Schedule

If you want to come out and help us load a container or unload after a collection weekend, check our Loading Schedule below or follow our google calendar for a listing of all our opportunities. We work out of two storage facilitites and might be loading for Africa, Central America, or the Philippines. Write yvette(at)bikesfortheworld.org to sign up or for more information. Watch the Intro to Volunteer Night video for an idea of what happens at a loading.

Dress for the weather, you will be outside, and we work through most weather conditions. Please wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. And yes, bring work gloves if you have them! (We generally will have some on hand if you need them.)  Directions below or you can find both sites on our google map.


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Schedule:

Find all the latest loadings and volunteer events
on our Volunteer Calendar.

 

Directions: 1420 South Eads Street, Arlington VA. From DC: Take I-395 south to left-hand exit for Rt 1/Jeff Davis Highway. Exit at S 15th Street, turn RIGHT at end of ramp, go one block to S Eads Street, turn RIGHT onto S Eads to 1420 on your LEFT. From the Pentagon City Metro: Facing the Fashion Center across the street, go right/clockwise/north on South Hayes (toward I-395), make an immediate right on S 12th , go one block crossing South Fern St, and take the path across a second, open block to South Eads. Bikes for the World is on your right (south side of South Eads)

 

Loading opportunities are fun and range in skill from easy to moderate. Bikes for the World ships about 20 containers a year each filled with over 500 bicycles destined for our partner projects overseas such as The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana and FINCA Costa Rica. Volunteers are needed to help roll bikes onto these 40 foot shipping containers. Duties include rolling bikes onto the container, stacking bikes in the container, and processing bikes, whichever role best suits your ability. There is something for everyone! Training and guidance is available from a BfW staffer.