What is the KARM Stores Bike Initiative?
The KARM Stores Bike Initiative is a volunteer-driven movement hosted by KARM Stores to provide reliable, “re-cycled” bicycles to those in need and to raise additional funds for Knox Area Rescue Ministries through the sale of premium bicycles at KARM Stores. Our goal is to provide 1,000 restored bicycles to our community within the first year.
Where is this happening?
The bike shop is located inside the KARM Stores location in Farragut – 10612 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.
How and when can I sign up to volunteer?
You can email Jeff Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the opportunity and get some quick training. Currently, the bike shop is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am-1pm. As the operation expands, so will the bike shop hours. Let us know what day of the week you’re available and we’ll notify you when it becomes available.
Do prospective volunteers need to know how to fix bikes?
No. A lead mechanic will be available to provide directions and answer questions as they surface. If you do have experience building bikes, you may qualify to be a lead mechanic.
What should I expect as a volunteer?
Expect to have fun! There are four stations equipped with a work bench full of tools and a bike stand. As a volunteer, you will assume a station and grab a bicycle in need of repair. There are shelving racks loaded with salvaged parts and dozens of donated bikes coming in each week. We’ll show you how to identify and fix problems one bike at a time. A lead mechanic gives every bike a detailed final inspection before getting tagged, cleaned, and set aside for the next giveaway day.