Volunteer at Freewheels

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Freewheels Houston. People who attend workdays at our well-equipped shop work in a friendly environment and help us increase the number of people who receive bikes. If you maintain your own bike and already know the basics, we will put you to work on a bike right away. If you want to learn more about bike repair, our experienced volunteers will help you learn.

Please complete the Freewheels volunteer information form before your first shift and print and sign the volunteer consent.

Freewheels workdays are on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. at our shop at 6020 Jessamine in the Gulfton area of southwest Houston.

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MechanicInspect and repair bike systems
Ensure bikes are safe
Share skills and learn new things
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Shop volunteerClean and prep donated bikes
Fix flat tires and perform repairs
Learn more with every shift
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Bike connectorHelp select a bike for each rider
Demonstrate proper use of helmet and lock
Reinforce safe-riding principles
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Freewheels Houston uses volunteerhouston.org for shift registration.
Age requirements

Freewheels Houston welcomes volunteers 14 years old and older to participate without parental supervision. Younger people may participate with their parents. If you are under 18 years old, please ask your parent or guardians to read and complete the Freewheels Houston Volunteer Consent.

Bike repair resources

Whether you are just getting started or you have been repairing your own bike or others for years, Freewheels wants to help you improve your bike repair skills. We have many resources, including our repair checklist and books on bike repair. We’ve also linked to many YouTube videos on bike repair.

Volunteer job descriptions

Community shop volunteers help prepare used bicycles that will enable our customers to get to work, school and other destinations. They clean bikes, perform minor repairs and install lights and other safety equipment. Each time you attend, you will learn more about bike maintenance and repair. 

Mechanics put their bike repair skills to work restoring used bicycles that will become safe, reliable transportation; they repair brakes, derailleurs and other systems. We’ve got the tools and parts you will need. Our volunteers enjoy sharing their knowledge with others. 

Freewheels bike connectors assist our customers as they receive bicycles at our Jessamine location.

  • Select an appropriate bike for them from our inventory.
  • Fit them with a helmet and reinforce how to ride safely, using their lights and hand signals.
  • Help them learn to use their bike lock.

This assignment requires a customer-service orientation and patience in helping people who may have limited English language skills. Mechanical skills are not required; bike mechanics will be on-site to help clients with bike fit adjustments as needed.