Location: 3961 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA MAP
Currently our volunteer days are on pause due to COVID-19. Main volunteer workdays when we're not in a pandemic are 10am to 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of January-October. See the event calendar for more events and volunteer days.
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is a Section 501c(3) non-profit organization.
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Joanna's Workday Story
Joanna is an employee of Google that discovered the bike exchange through a company email that said the Bike Exchange needed volunteers to help repair and restore bikes for a good cause. She thought it would be fun to help others and a good learning experience because she had just purchased her first bike as an adult. Saturday was her first day volunteering and she worked on a nice women's bike with another volunteer. The bike needed a lot of work. She had fun putting the bike together from scratch.
Steve's Workday Story
Photographer Christina sends us this interview with volunteer Steve, from the September 13, 2014 Bicycle Exchange Workday. Photo credit to Christina:
Steve is a first time volunteer for the Bike Exchange. He heard about the Bike Exchange through an internal Google email seeking volunteers. He regularly dedicates his weekends to volunteering with his children and had just gotten back from an electronics exchange project. His morning started at 6am!! He believes in teaching his children to give back to their community through volunteering.
Nick's Workday Story
Nick is a "regular" volunteer for the Bike Exchange. He first volunteered for the Bike Exchange with his son as part of a Boy Scouts project. He enjoyed it so much that he has kept coming back since. Working on the bikes gives Nick the feeling of accomplishment and pride knowing that all of the bikes that he repairs are helping others. Nick appears to be an expert at repairing bikes now.
Bob's Workday Story
Bob has been a volunteer of the Bike Exchange for many years. He found the bike exchange because he needed a place to donate a bike that a friend had left at his house. The bike had been sitting at his house for many years and it was decided that the best thing to do with it was to donate it instead of letting it end up at a landfill. He ended up volunteering his time because he discovered how much fun he had on the first day. He had already had previous bike repair knowledge and through volunteering, he relearned all of it and even a few new things.