Volunteer at Freewheels

Freewheels Houston volunteers repair bikes and learn new skills as they provide mobility to people who need a way to get to work, school and other destinations.

Our workdays are collegial, fun and productive. We put an emphasis on safety and giving people opportunities to put their skills to work. Along the way, you will learn new things, make new friends and give back to the community.

If you already know your way around bikes, we will put you to work on a bike right away. If you want to learn more about bike repair, our experienced volunteer mechanics will help you learn. Experienced volunteers also double-check repaired bikes before they are placed in our distribution inventory.

Shop volunteers clean bikes, fix flats and perform other tasks around the shop. The more often you volunteer, the more you will learn and you will have a more rewarding experience.

A good first step is to complete the Freewheels volunteer information form.

Information form

Workday schedule

Freewheels Houston welcomes volunteers to our shop at 6020 Jessamine #204, Houston, TX 77081 in Gulfton for bike repair shifts on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

We also have other tasks around the shop and we’re looking for help on other assignments such as helping distribute bikes, bike safety instruction, improving our communications programs and administrative tasks that will enable Freewheels to grow.

Freewheels 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 guardian to complete the Freewheels Houston Volunteer Consent and Photo Release.

Consent

Freewheels shop safety guidelines

Working safely is the most important aspect of Freewheels Houston repair days and the key to a productive shift. If you have questions about shop safety at any time, please ask a senior volunteer.

Safety guidelines

Current volunteer opportunities

Bike mechanic

Do you know how to repair a bike? Freewheels Houston volunteers repair bikes that become safe, reliable transportation for refugees, high school students and veterans emerging from homelessness. The bike you repair will help someone get to work, school and other destinations. We’ve got the tools and parts you will need. Our volunteers enjoy sharing their knowledge with others. We will ask if you have been vaccinated and ask you to wear a mask if you have not.

Skills and responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of bike mechanical systems
  • Able to handle most repairs working alone
  • Willing to help others
  • Approve bikes before distribution (“green tagging”)
  • Assist with bike distributions (bike matching, fitting, safety briefing)
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Shop volunteer

Help prepare used bikes that will become transportation enabling refugees, high school students and veterans emerging from homelessness to get to work, school and other destinations. If you don’t know bike repair, we will put you to work cleaning bikes, fixing flats and helping with other tasks around the shop.

Skills and responsibilities:

  • Clean bikes and performs minor repairs
  • Assist in other shop activities when asked
  • Assist with bike distributions (bike matching, fitting, safety briefing)
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Bike connector

Freewheels Bike Connectors assist refugees and others who are scheduled to receive bicycles at our Jessamine location. This assignment requires a customer-service orientation and patience in helping people with limited English language skills. No mechanical skills required; bike mechanics will be on-site to help clients with bike fit adjustments as needed.

Skills and responsibilities:

  • Basic knowledge of safe bicycling
  • Work with mechanics to select an appropriate bike from our inventory for each rider.
  • Fit rider with a helmet and reinforce how to ride safely, using their lights and signals.

This is a happy assignment. Be prepared to smile!

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Training resources

When you first arrive, experienced volunteers will show you around the shop, go over our safety policies and engage in conversation to determine how best you can help get bikes ready for our customers.

After your initial onboarding conversation, Freewheels aims to help you improve your bike repair skills through online resources, printed materials and hands-on training. We provide training and classes when available based on availability of teachers. Please review our bike repair resources.

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