How You Can Help
No experience necessary.
You do not need to be a bike mechanic or be interested in repairing bikes to work at the Bike Exchange. We need volunteers to help people select the best bike for them, and we need volunteers to move bikes from bike drives to the Bike Exchanges' shops, by using a U-Haul rented truck. No experience is necessary. If you are interested in conditioning bikes for sale at the Bike Exchange, we offer a bike repair course for all interested volunteers. We also offer the opportunity to practice your new skills on a lot of bikes.
You decide when you want to work.
Volunteers moving bikes have a key to the shop and, as a result, can move bikes at the time most convenient for them. In general, we expect volunteers to work at the Bike Exchange one day each month, althought we understand there may be months when this is not possible. Please note that the Bike Exchange is closed during the three winter months.
To volunteer or to get more information about volunteering, please send an email to info@BikeExchangeNJ.org or send an email via our Contact page on this website. Please note which Bike Exchange location is of interest to you: Newark, Plainfield, or Trenton.
Run a bike drive.
One of the best ways to help the Exchange is to run a bike drive, either at your place of work, worship, shcool, or scout troop, to collect used bikes. A bike drive is a great community service project for your church, school, company, or youth organization. If this interests you, please read our information on How to Run a Bike Drive on this web site.
Donate your bike(s).
Plesae donate your bikes that you and/or your children no longer use. The Bike Exchange will condition the bike, find a good home for it, and you will get a tax deduction. Since all workers are volunteers, and since use of the Bike Exchange's shop is donated, all proceeds from the sale of your bike will go to support the Trenton, Plainfield, or Newark Boys & Girls Club after-school programs. Go to "Donate your Bike" link on this web site for a list of places where you can donate your bike(s).