Job #3: Volunteer Coordinator, SFBC
While the Bicycle Coalition could not fulfill my request to job shadow in the position of Volunteer Coordinator, they did everything else they could to accomodate me. I had several opportunities to volunteer and observe work in progress and I was given time to interview Margaret McCarthy and Bonnie Puckett, about their positions.
It is true that when it comes to being a volunteer, whether it’s to support a good cause with a community organization or to gain free admission to a large music festival, everyone has incentive for donating their time. For myself, I had been a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a year before I ever volunteered. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) is a cycling advocacy organization that is devoted to making the city of San Francisco more livable, and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
I had seen Bicycle Coalition volunteers at several community events before, as valets at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and in the information booth during Sunday Streets. I always assumed, after relocating to San Francisco, that once I had set myself up with a job and place to live, volunteering would be an easy and natural extension of who I am. However, I came to discover that working beyond full time in the startup industry did not lend itself well to having a surplus of free time.