Why volunteer? Because the Davis Bike Collective is entirely volunteer run. We rely on a tireless and committed network of community supporters keep the doors open. We want your input and involvement- your participation helps to make the our community shop what it is! Contact us, our phone and email are listed at the bottom of the page, or show up at our next meeting, listed on our calendar, to see how we work and what we’re all about.
How do I get involved?
Come by a shift and let the shift lead know you’re there to volunteer. You may also want to join our All Volunteers email list. This is where we discuss many of the decisions at the Davis Bike Collective.
Can I get credit for an outside organization?
We welcome outside organizations to come in and collaborate with the Davis Bike Collective, and we definitely want to give credit to those who work on projects here. Please talk to a senior volunteer (a Bike Minister) for more information.
The Davis Bike Collective is a non-profit 501(c)(3) operates solely on volunteer time and contributions from donors. We would not exist without the generous help from many people. Our operating costs are relatively low but we still need to meet rent, buy tools, and fund our outreach projects.
What can I donate?
We need help doing projects, running the shop, administration tasks, and doing outreach. Check out the volunteer section above to find out the best way to share your time, smarts, and energy with us!
Donate Bicycles and Parts
We love bicycles and bicycle components, so please bring in that old cruiser or road bike for donation. Your donation will be turned into used parts that are available for anyone to build or repair a bicycle, and help sustain the vibrant community at the Davis Bike Collective. These bikes are the food for our patrons, who will either get a new ride, or use parts to help repair a beloved bicycle.
We also love tools! The more tools the better! With so many folks using them, much more than an average bike shop, we intensely need bike specific tools, as well as general purpose tools. So if you have unused tools in your garage, help us out and bring them in!
Where and How to Donate Bikes, Parts, and Tools:
Please bring your donations of bikes and tools to the Davis Bike Collective during open shop hours. If you don’t mind your donation being picked over by passersby, then you can leave the bike in the bike racks in the front courtyard after hours.
As much as we’d love run the shop for free, the world works with money and we have to pay rent, buy tools, fund projects, and pay for many administrative tasks. We have a budget just under $20,000 a year and we do it all through your donations. We ask all patrons to contribute financially to the cooperative shop, but we don’t turn anyone away for lack of funds.
Where and How to Donate Money:
If you come to open shop hours at Davis Bike Collective, you can donate cash or check in-person the minister on duty. You can also mail a check written to The Davis Bike Collective to 1221 1/2 4th Street, Davis, CA, 95616. If you would like a tax deduction receipt, be sure to include your name and address so we can send you a receipt. We are currently researching best online donation systems.
Do I get anything for donating?
In addition to receiving warm fuzzy feelings, your donations (both physical and monetary) to the Davis Bike Collective are tax deductible! If you would like a receipt of donation for your taxes, please let us know and provide your name and address for the receipt. Please note that donation value will be left blank on the receipt for you to fill out, as we are not able to estimate the worth of your possessions.