Load a Container
If you want to come out and help us load a container or unload after a collection weekend, check our Loading Schedule below. We work out of three 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 all three sites on our google map.
Wednesday November 20 10am - 2pm
-- powered by Stone Ridge Social Action Crew
Thursday November 21 2pm - 7pm
-- King Farm Volunteer Night
Directions: The King Farm facility is located in Northern Rockville, and convenient to either I-270 or Route 355 and Shady Grove Road. We are on the corner of Piccard and Grand Champion within the King Farm community. Walking distance from the Shady Grove Metro stop on the Red Line is about 1/2 mile. From the Metro Station use the sidewalk to the right and head southwest along the parking lot. Continue on for one block out of the parking lot and cross Route 355. After crossing Route 355 continue 2 blocks on King Farm Boulevard. Turn Right onto Grand Champion Drive and walk for approximately 3 blocks. You will see the gated entrance and white farm buildings to your right.
Loadings discontinued until further notice
**Note, there is no electric or running water at this site.**
Directions: Lorton Prison: 8400 Lorton Road (Rt 642). From DC, take I-95 south to Exit 163, take Lorton Road to the right (west), go through first light (Silverbrook Road) and another 1/4 mile to right-hand entrance to Giles Run Meadow/Laurel Hill Park. Go up the hill to gate to former prison (on right). We are in the former gymnasium at the back.
Friday December 13 10am - 2pm
Saturday December 14 10am - 2pm
Saturday January 18 10am - 2pm
Monday January 20 10am - 2pm
--Part of MLK Service Days
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.