Get Involved

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Working Bikes continues to operate today largely through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers.  Individuals and groups looking to lend a hand are always welcomed. There are many ways to help, whether you are an expert bike mechanic, or just enjoy giving back to the community.

Ways that you can get involved include:

  • Fixing bikes at our warehouse
  • Helping pack a container at a shipping party
  • Representing Working Bikes at regional events
  • Assisting in the storefront
  • Becoming a year-round drop off location
  • Hosting a fundraising event
  • Serving on a Committee


Drop in during our weekly volunteer hours (no need to rsvp). If you have any questions beforehand, feel free to email

We also highly encourage you to sign up for our bi-monthly email newsletter, below. We’ll let you know about special volunteer opportunities and events, like our shipping parties, volunteer meetings, and BBQs!

Subscribe here!


Volunteer hours:

Tuesdays 5 – 9
Wednesdays 12 – 5
Thursdays 5 – 9, WTF! Night (Women Trans Femme ONLY)
Fridays 12 – 5
Saturdays 12 – 5

(Ring buzzer if shop door is locked)




The needs of Working Bikes vary depending on the time of year, and we welcome groups from schools, organizations, small businesses, and large corporations to help us fix and prepare bikes for shipping. But we also welcome proposals for special projects, especially those utilize the core competencies of the organization. Groups should email the Working Bikes to schedule a date at least 2 weeks prior to the proposed date. Groups that include minors must be accompanied by a chaperon at a rate of 5 minors for every adult chaperon. No open-toed shoes allowed.

To schedule a group volunteer date, send us an email here



Host an Event

Sponsoring a bike drive is a rewarding way for you, your friends, and members of your community to work towards a tangible good. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything about bike mechanics! Working Bikes provides technical assistance and truck transportation. All you do is pick a convenient place, date and time when bikes can be dropped off to you, spread the word, and we’ll do the rest. Bike drives are great projects for cycling clubs, youth groups, service oriented groups, international groups, environmental groups, or anyone who just wants to help make a difference. Click here for tips on organizing an bike drive.

Previous Events

Bike Drive Totals for 2012

Shipping Container Volunteer 1 PRINT










Donate Bikes

We accept any and all bicycles, parts and accessories, regardless of size, style or condition. You can bring your donations to our warehouse, or to any of our drop-off locations.

For Building Managers, Law Enforcement agencies, or anyone else with more than 5 bikes, we’ll be happy to come out and pick them up.

drop-off locations

Donate Money

Monetary donations are always welcomed. Each bicycle costs us about $10 to ship. Every little bit helps!

Checks can be mailed to Working Bikes, 2434 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608. You can also donate online through Razoo. All donations are tax deductible, as Working Bikes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, FEIN #54-2138339. Questions? Please email

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