Volunteering with Neighborhood Bike Works is a unique way to make a lasting difference in the lives of young people in West Philadelphia. There are many ways to work with our organization, including one-time events like Bicycle Safety Checks or Valet Bike Parking, in addition to more regular opportunities like Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, and Saturday Drop-In. Depending on the program, you may or may not need to own a bike or know anything about bike repair; what you always need is dedication, enthusiasm, and a willingness to get a little greasy! Below is a list of events and programming for which we regularly need volunteers.

  • Earn-A-Bike
  • Ride Club
  • Bike Church
  • Drop-In Sessions
  • Summer Cycling Day Camp
  • Monthly Group Rides
  • Valet Bike Parking
  • Bicycle Safety Checks
  • Shape Up the Shop Days
  • Bike Drives

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers may utilize our shop space to work on their own bicycles and projects when it is not otherwise occupied. Dedicated volunteers may also enroll in our four-week adult repair classes free of charge.

Join Our Team

If you would like to volunteer at Neighborhood Bike Works, please get in touch! It's a good idea to include a little information about where your interests lie and any experience you have working with bikes. You can send an email to volunteers@neighborhoodbikeworks.org or call our office for more information at 215-386-0316 x116.

Keeping Our Youth Safe

Volunteers are critical to the mission and success of Neighborhood Bike Works. In order to ensure the safety and positive experience of our students, we require volunteers who work directly with our youth to pass background clearances.

  1. 1. Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) clearance. Free for volunteers. Online form.
  2. 2. A Child Abuse Clearance issued by the Department of Public Welfare. Free for volunteers. Online form.
  3. 3. Any volunteer that has not resided in PA continuously for the last 10 years will need to obtain an additional clearance from the FBI via a fingerprint check. $27.50 mandatory fee.

These screenings are mandatory for all volunteers with youth programs. Volunteers may not begin service until completed clearances are on file with Neighborhood Bike Works.

Clearances remain valid for 60 months. Anyone who already has these screenings will need to be re-screened within 60 months of the most recent screening.

Due to the large number of volunteers at Neighborhood Bike Works, we cannot cover the fees for each and every volunteer. We respectfully request that volunteers cover the cost of these clearances independently. However, if the cost of these screenings is prohibitive or a hardship, please contact the Outreach Coordinator ASAP to request support. We strive to make volunteer service accessible to all.


© 2013 Neighborhood Bike Works. NBW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Federal EIN 23-3012779, United Way Donor Choice #14084. Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.