Kennewick bike shop looking for volunteers to supply CBC students with bikes

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop is looking for volunteers

Courtesy of Wheelhouse

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Calling all volunteers, Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop in Kennewick needs your help.

Wheelhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2016 with a mission to remove barriers to safe bicycling in the Tri-Cities. They help adults and youth safely access bikes regardless of their ability to pay.

One of their upcoming projects, Bike Bonanza, is a reflection of their charitable work.

On April 23rd, Bike Bonanza will supply at least 100 bikes to Columbia Basin College students, staff and their families. Wheelhouse said so far, they’ve refurbished 59 bikes, but there are still another 50 bikes that need work. The nonprofit is asking for the community’s help to work on the bikes and make them rider-ready for Bike Bonanza.

They also need volunteers to staff the Bike Bonanza itself on the CBC campus.

Wheelhouse, located in Kennewick, said the goal of Bike Bonanza is to provide students with an alternate mode of transportation and recreation, which could come in handy as gas prices continue to rise.

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At Bike Bonanza, recipients will be matched with a bike, helmet, lock, light and any other accessories to meet the students’ needs.

They’re hosting the event one day after Earth Day (April 22) just in time for May, which is Bike Month. There will also be a multimodal commuter challenge in partnership with Ben Franklin Transit throughout May.

So where do the bikes come from?

Wheelhouse said community members have donated bikes that are in a range of conditions. As a part of the refurbishing process, volunteers log bikes, inspect them for reparability, clean them and refurbish the bike.

The bike shop needs volunteers to fill three roles on April 20, 21 and 22; event volunteers (10 per shift) don’t need any bike repair experience, trainee mechanics (six per shift) will be trained on basic mechanic tasks, mechanics must have experience and will lead one of six stations per shift.

The shifts are two to four hours long.

To get involved, call (509) 820-3047 or visit their Facebook page.