Meet Sindy, dedicated SF Bicycle Coalition volunteer. Sindy has been volunteering with us since 2002 at events including Winterfest, Tour de Fat, Bike to Work Day and more. One of her favorite projects is our Monthly Volunteer Night, where she’s both a regular attendee and a huge help each month by shopping for our snacks (yum!). We caught up with Sindy to learn more about what keeps her coming back to volunteer:
Do you remember when you first fell in love with biking?
I was always active as a little girl. I taught myself how to ride a bike around 9 or 10. I remember having a yellow banana-seat Huffy! It took a long time for me to learn how to balance. I was very persistent and determined to ride my Huffy. When I was finally able to ride down the hill and continue pedaling, I was felt like I was going to burst with excitement. I can still feel the exact feeling to this day and relive that momentous moment.
What has been your favorite volunteer moment?
There are so many! Volunteering at the SF Bicycle Coalition is really fun and I enjoy connecting with others and listening to their stories and jokes. I smile and laugh the whole time.
You’re one of our most dedicated Volunteer Night volunteers. What keeps you coming back?
Everyone is so nice and of course the staff is FANTASTIC! I also believe in what the SF Bicycle Coalition is doing by making biking safer for people of all ages. There are so many benefits to biking that I want to see more people bike more often. I have a great time at Volunteer Night and I’m doing my small part by donating my time to what I believe in.
What do you do when you’re not donating your time to the SF Bicycle Coalition?
I also volunteer for California Chins, a chinchilla rescue group. The people are also very nice and of course I love the chinchillas. I also bike and walk everywhere in the city. This year I started road biking and have enjoyed doing some charity rides, centuries and double centuries. I also sew, and have sewn three sets of panniers, a couple sets of “bike clothing” for my bike and countless other bike-related stuff.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about volunteering with us?
Check out the calendar and drop on by. If you are shy, bring a friend! Everyone is very friendly and we have a great time here.
Volunteer like Sindy! Whether you can give your time once a week, once a month or once a year, we need your help to keep the wheels of bike advocacy spinning. We’d love to have you join us! Check out our online calendar of upcoming projects and sign up to get involved.