Located in the San Luis Valley of southcentral Colorado, the Alamosa Bicycle Coalition (ABC) was initiated as a new nonprofit in 2020 by former MVS volunteers with a vision for encouraging a strong local bike culture, especially access to bikes for adults and youth not otherwise able to afford and repair their own. The role of the coordinator is to work with the Executive Director and Board to develop, coordinate and implement program activities, in collaboration with local community volunteers and partner organizations such as La Puente homeless prevention services, Immigrant Resource Center, Community Corrections, Boys & Girls Club, and Generation WILD. These activities may include: collecting, refurbishing and rebuilding salvaged bikes; running bike repair workshops for both adult and youth participants; promoting public policy and awareness for local bikeways and biking safety; and exploring options for related small enterprises and/or fundraising events to support free bikes and biking activities for lower-resource youth and adults. ABC currently rents workshop and storage space, and a bike trailer equipped to bring pop-up bike repair services to community events and neighborhood locations.
Depending on an applicant's interests and the needs of the placement site, this may be a full-time placement or paired with part-time needs at another community agency. Along with hands-on programming specific to bicycles and bicycling, this placement holds the opportunity for someone interested in nonprofit management, project development and/or grant-writing to get hands-on experience. While much of the work can be done during normal weekday hours, flexibility will be needed for activities that entail some evening and weekend events.