Volunteer Opportunities

Trips for Kids® is an organization made up of volunteers, and there are many ways to volunteer your time and energy. Please join us! Chances are you'll find it very rewarding.



If you are an outgoing, enthusiastic, and energetic cyclist who enjoys interacting with youth, we’d love you to join our rides.

Rides can take place any day of the week. Volunteers need to bring their own bike, helmet, lunch and water. We take groups of inner-city and under-served youth between the ages of 10 to 17 on rides to China Camp State Park, Tennessee Valley, Point Pinole Regional Park and Golden Gate Park.

Volunteers meet at 10 AM at the relevant trailhead for the day’s ride. We supply bikes and gear for the kids. Specially trained TFK staff ride leaders guide each ride, with assistance from our volunteers. If you'd like more information, get a description of the day.

You can sign up as a ride volunteer on-line or by calling Mariel on 415-458-2986.



Earn-a-BikeIf you are creative and organized, love projects (including cleaning bike parts!) and helping kids with homework, and have basic bike mechanical skills, please assist at our Earn-a-Bike program.

This program serves our local, low-income youth in San Rafael out of our 125 Larkspur Street warehouse. Volunteers are needed for the after-school period of 3-6 PM Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as throughout the day on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. We use volunteers to help with the bicycle mechanics training and after-school art projects and homework tutoring.

To volunteer, call 415-455-8876 or send us an email. Open Tues-Fri 3-6pm and Saturday 11-3:30pm.



Re-CycleryOur bike shop offers many opportunities for volunteers who have knowledge of bike parts for all kinds of bicycles, are familiar with part compatibility for different aged bikes, and would enjoy cleaning and sorting bike parts and donations.

Our Re-Cyclery Bike Shop sells only donated bicycles, parts, accessories and clothing, and uniquely recycles functional bikes back into the community, while providing affordable merchandise and reducing what goes into the landfill. It is located at 610 4th Street in San Rafael, and is open Tuesday through Sunday.

To volunteer, call Mariel 415-458-2986 or send us an email. Open Tues-Fri 12-6pm and Sat-Sun 10-4pm.



If you are friendly, energetic, love what Trips for Kids stands for and enjoy socializing, come join our events.

Volunteers help with setting up the booth(s), inform customers of what TFK does, and provide customer service with merchandise sales. Below is our annual list of events:

 Pioneer fundraiser Feb Fairfax, MMB
 AIDS/LifeCycle Expo Feb SF County Fair Bldg.
 Re-Cyclery Sale Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec San Rafael
 Sea Otter Classic Apr Monterey
 Cupertino Bike Shop May Cupertino
 San Rafael Criterion July San Rafael
 Sonoma Bike Expo Aug Santa Rosa
 Interbike Sep Las Vegas
 Biketoberfest Oct Fairfax
 Bikes for Tots Oct Napa
 SF Bike Expo Nov Cow Palace, SF



If you enjoy organizing, are detail-oriented, follow directions well and can work independently, our office needs your special touch.

Throughout the year we need help in preparing for our various events and mailings. To volunteer, call Mariel on 415-458-2986 or send us an email.


Trips for Kids Chapters

If you don't live in the Bay Area but still want to volunteer, we have chapters around the country that would love to receive your support.


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Into the Woods

Going out in the woods with a bunch of 11-year-olds allowed me to re-experience the same unadulterated joy and freedom I felt the first time I went for a mountain bike ride.

– Kevin O’Rourke, volunteer