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.

We welcome volunteers 14 years old and older to participate without parental supervision. Younger people may participate with parental supervision.

We will ask if you have been vaccinated and ask you to wear a mask if you have not. 

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 and the communications and administrative work that will enable Freewheels to grow.

Age requirements

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.

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)
REGISTER
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)
REGISTER

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.

Freewheels forms

Please take a few moments to complete the volunteer information form and consent form before your first shift.

Volunteer information form

Volunteer consent

Shop safety guidelines

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